We all love coffee, and after all what caffeine consequences could you expect? Okay, let’s start that we have our own daily dose of caffeine. Some of us may drink at least one cup of coffee per day, some of us even need more than four! Seriously? Yes, four! Sometimes, the day is just so long that you will need constant dose of caffeine once in several hours. Caffeine consequences are believed to be nothing that could damage our health, is that true? Let’s find out!
Recent studies prove that the theory, or more like the ideology is totally False. A Greek study suggested that moderate to heavy coffee intake in a day would result in higher level of inflammation. An immune system response, inflammation could also be harmful for too much of it can trigger the production of chemicals in our body that is scientifically linked to heart disease and diabetes. But just because coffee was associated with inflammation doesn’t necessarily mean it caused it.
Let’s take another example, recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Toronto discovers that certain people, referred as “slow metabolizers,” are genetically set to break down caffeine at a slower rate. According to the study, excessive caffeine consumption in these people could increase the risk for heart attacks, while “rapid metabolizers” were protected against heart attacks. Scientists believe that excess caffeine may lead to heart disease but that other heart-healthy benefits from coffee, such as antioxidants, outweigh the risk — as long as the caffeine doesn’t linger in your system. However, without a genetic test, it’s impossible for the average Diet Coke drinking girl to determine which camp she falls into.
These researchers don’t discourage caffeine consumption, but do warn against caffeine in excess. A safe limit, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is around 400 milligrams — or four cups of coffee — a day.