Nutrition and DietCaffeine and its health benefits

Caffeine and its health benefits

Much has been said about caffeine, and many have been the detractors of its consumption, even in small quantities. However, it is proven that caffeine, as long as it is in moderate amounts, has important health benefits and properties.

And, as has always been said, everything in excessive amounts is bad, no matter how much, ultimately, the product or food that we are consuming can be really good and positive for our health.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to its virtues, the Arab mystics knew that coffee improved the mood, managing to “make happy” those who drank it.

Benefits and properties of caffeine

Among some of the most important benefits of caffeine, it seems that those athletes who consume it perform better, by improving the pace of physical exercise.

Its influence on the state of mind also has repercussions when it comes to talking and socializing with others, since it makes us talk more but keeping calm.

In addition, it tends to stimulate the sense of alertness, especially in those situations in which the body is not at maximum functionality. For this main reason, for example, a good cup of coffee usually feels good when we study at night.

It is believed to even help reduce headaches, which is why some over-the-counter pain relievers have caffeine in them.

How much caffeine to drink a day?

It should not be forgotten that caffeine tends to be slightly addictive, since according to some experts, when a person consumes large amounts of caffeine on a regular basis and then discontinues it, symptoms such as lethargy and headaches usually occur.

The ideal is moderate consumption of up to 400 milligrams a day, which would be equivalent to, for example, a can of cola, a serving of chocolate ice cream and a 16-ounce cup of coffee.

In addition, its effects can last up to six hours after consumption, while in the case of anxious people it can cause anxiety or panic attacks.

Not to mention that it’s stimulating action can contribute to the appearance of anxiety and sleep disorders.

For this main reason, and although caffeine has important health benefits, we recommend taking it very moderately.

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