SIDE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE
Benefits and detriments of caffeine-containing products
The use of products containing caffeine provides a wide range of benefits to our body with an adequate intake (see "Properties of caffeine" in the listing above) However, an inadequate or improper use causes more harm than good.
Photo of an infusion of tea leaves. Tea contains half the caffeine than coffee
Side effects of caffeine
Doses above 400 mg daily can be harmful. Keep in mind that many drinks and drugs contain this principle. Therefore, we must add all of them to calculate the total intake of caffeine. A too high intake of this component can cause physical problems, such as:
- Tachycardia or irregular heart rate
- Ringing in the ears.
- Muscle spasms.
Precautions in the use of caffeine
- Caffeine should not be used as usual a remedy to combat drowsiness but only as a timely resource. Regular use of caffeine products to avoid falling asleep can cause sleep disorders.
Who should not eat products containing caffeine?
The ingestion of caffeine may be counterproductive in many diseases, so, if you are suffering from some disease, you should consult with your doctor whether to take caffeine. People who have the following problems should not take caffeine:
Caffeine intake during pregnancy
The use of caffeine containing products during pregnancy is a hotly debated topic. It is known that high doses of caffeine can cause abortions or malformation in the baby. Pregnant women who take 2 to three cups of coffee are more likely to have babies with low birth weight. It is therefore advisable to consult a doctor or specialist about this.
Breastfeeding and caffeine intake
Caffeine may cause problems in the nursing infant if mothers take large amounts of coffee. It has been found that taking an average of 600 mg of caffeine daily (the equivalent of 3 to 6 cups of coffee) can cause problems of nervousness, sleeplessness, irritability in infants.
Therefore, women drinking coffee in abundance, if breastfeeding, should minimize the consumption of coffee or consult their doctor or specialist.
Is caffeine addictive?
Caffeine is addictive, so it creates a dependency that forces you to drink it regularly. We know that the person used to drink too much coffee presents certain symptoms of dependence when it stops taking it abruptly (headache, tiredness, muscle aches, nervousness, and so on)
Naturally, these symptoms disappear after a few days or they can be avoided if the amount is reduced gradually. It is important not to stop taking this component at once, but gradually reduce their consumption so as not to produce these side effects.
More information about coffee and caffeine in the listing above.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.