Caffeine & Coffee: How Much Is Too Much?

Thousands of business people rely on caffeine and coffee every day to improve energy levels. Studies suggest that caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most humans, but too much caffeine could be detrimental to your health.

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain flowering plants in the Coffea genus. From the coffee fruit, the seeds are separated to produce a stable, raw product: unroasted green coffee.

Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day appears to be a safe amount for most healthy adults. This is roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of joe.

Exceeding this amount may cause these unpleasant side effects:

  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Upset stomach

If you experience these symptoms after drinking a cup of coffee, you may be sensitive to caffeine and should consider avoiding caffeinated drinks altogether.

It’s not all bad though. Here are 7 health benefits of drinking coffee:

  • Improves your energy levels and concentration;
  • Assists you in burning fat;
  • Enhances your physical performance;
  • Contains essential nutrients and antioxidants;
  • Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes;
  • Lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease;
  • Protects you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

So is coffee good for you? The answer is Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity.

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