Written by Tanya Thomas, B.Com | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Aug 18, 2014

Facts about Caffeine

Everybody loves a cuppa – but do we know the effect a cup of coffee can have on the body? The brew’s antioxidants present several health benefits but also have their share of downsides. The following is information on both the positives and negatives of caffeine.

  • The easiest source of caffeine to the human body is from hot beverages like coffee and tea; energy drinks also have high caffeine content these days, ranging even up to 160 milligrams sometimes.
  • Some OTC pain relievers, medications for common cold, diet pills etc contain limited caffeine content, usually below 20 milligrams. (The observed higher limit though is 200 milligrams.)
  • Caffeine is an effective pain reliever, enhancing the effect of other pain-killing medication.
  • Caffeine is popular as an ergogenic – a tool to boost alertness and eliminate any sense of fatigue. It temporarily raises physical and mental abilities.
  • It is a common myth that caffeine has adverse effects on children. Recent studies have shown that children are capable of processing caffeine intake much in the same way that adults can, so there are never any significant behavior changes due to its consumption. Besides, children source their caffeine mostly from soft drinks and chocolates – so their intake itself is a lot less than that of adults.
  • Several studies over the years have proved that coffee in moderation actually has several health benefits (moderation being between 1 and 3 cups) – Regular coffee drinkers have lower risks of developing.
  1. Diabetes
  2. Colon cancer
  3. Cirrhosis
  4. Parkinson’s disease
  5. Gallstone formation
  6. Preventing cavities
  7. Preventing Cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells
  • Coffee is known to be an effective remedy against-
  1. Headaches
  2. Asthma
  3. Foul moods

Research has also shown that coffee negates the effects of alcoholic drinks and smoking on the liver and heart.

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