When caffeine is mentioned to most individuals, their minds are being channeled to harmful effects of caffeine which is coffee. Well, I guess that is because a good percentage of caffeine is being found in them.
Caffeine is a substance that is found in certain plants and its sources include tea leaves, coffee, chocolate, other beverages including soft drinks. It also stimulates the brain and nervous system.
Its uses are quite handful but mostly its being used for the short-term relief of fatigue or drowsiness.
Negative Effects of Caffeine
Moderate consumption of caffeine could have positive effects on our health, however, excess consumption could have negative effects and they include:
High Blood Pressure: Regular caffeine consumption may raise blood pressure especially in those already suffering from hypertension. Also to those who don’t normally consume caffeine are also prone to this risk.
Caffeine can also cause indigestion. Caffeinated beverages also cause stomach upset or indigestion especially when these beverages are consumed on an empty stomach.
Caffeine consumption also causes insomnia. This is one popular harmful effects of caffeine. Excess consumption especially at bedtime can mimic the symptoms of insomnia.
Caffeine can also cause headaches. Though the moderate dose of caffeine can relieve headache, the overuse of caffeine can cause headaches and lead to migraine.
Certain allergy-like reactions have been related to regular caffeine intake. Headaches, hives and body pain are few of the allergies caused by caffeine intake.
Caffeinated beverages increase the number of sugar in the body which contributes to obesity and diabetes.
Also caffeine interferes with ossification and could also lead to greater risk of bone fractures.
Caffeine consumption can lead to increased anxiety and depression and the need for medications for anxiety.
Caffeine is a drug and can affect people differently just like any other substance. It is therefore important that its consumers understand how it interacts with their bodies.
Though there are positive effects of caffeine if moderately consumed, excessive consumption could however, can trigger these negative effects.