Is Caffeine Bad For You?
Have you been wondering if your third morning cup of coffee or second mid-afternoon tea is actually bad for you? We’re told to drink caffeine in moderation, but should it just be avoided completely? Keep reading to find out more.
Whether it’s firmly part of your routine, or just the occasional pick me up, we know that caffeine has bad connotations but is there any truth to the rumours?
Is caffeine bad for you?
Strictly speaking, no caffeine isn’t bad for you in the right amounts. In fact, it comes with a vast array of health benefits from:
- Improved mood and memory
- Improved brain functions
- A boosted metabolism
- Improved physical performance
- Liver protection
- And protection against heart disease
Why is caffeine bad for you?
Research has shown that ‘too much caffeine may also promote headaches, migraine, and high blood pressure in some individuals’ according to Healthline.
Even though caffeine’s main effect is on our brains, it’s absorbed from the gut into our bloodstream passing through the liver before being ‘broken down into compounds that can affect the function of various organs.’
Is synthetic caffeine bad for you?
According to Well + Good, ‘synthetic caffeine is absorbed in the body quicker and can have more powerful effects. [...] cause[ing] anxiety side effects, a quicker spike and faster crash.’
Unless you’re consuming large quantities of synthetic caffeine found in many things we eat and drink during the day, small amounts aren’t going to do long term damage. However, if a product does contain caffeine and you’re not sure why it might be a good idea to find out.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.