Caffeine: Good or Bad?

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month. Did you know that in North America about 90% of adults consume some kind of caffeinated drink a day? That’s a large group of the population. Is that a good or a bad thing?

Some people love to praise caffeine and can’t seem to live without it, relying on it to get them going in the morning, and keep them going throughout the day. While others state that caffeine is bad for you and call it a drug.

It actually is considered a drug, because of its effect on the brain, and the addictive properties. Caffeine can also have some negative effects. This could include: anxiety, tremors, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, and poor sleep. It can interact with some medications, and too much of it may bring on headaches or high blood pressure. In pregnant women, the risk of miscarriages can heighten with too much caffeine as well.

But before you give up your beloved beverage, caffeine isn’t all bad. In fact, it can have some positive effects. It’s been said to: improve focus and mood, reduce depression (may even lower suicide rates), reduce the risk of brain disease (Alzheimers and Parkinsons), and improve metabolism (you’ll often find caffeine in fat burning pills).

So what is the right amount to consume? Caffeine may not be all that bad, but too much of anything can often be determinable. 2-4 cups a day is generally considered safe, but it’s best not to consume more than 2 cups at a time. Too much caffeine can have very negative effects, and there have been cases where it’s been fatal in large consumption. Also, if you’re pregnant, it’s best to limit your consumption to 2 cups or less a day.

Caffeine has garnered different feelings from various people. Either of praise or of discontent. But, like many things, it has its negatives and positives. So you don’t necessarily have to feel bad about drinking your coffee in the morning.  But, you should be aware of your limitations. Enjoy your caffeinated beverage, just remember not to overdo it.

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