Your Heart on Caffeine

Caffeine feels unavoidable these days. It’s our morning ritual to wake us up and our afternoon ritual to help us get through the day. But have you ever considered how caffeine affects your heart and cardiovascular health? This week, let’s explore the effects of caffeine on the heart.

What is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a substance that occurs naturally in 60 different plants globally, belonging to a collection of chemical compounds called methylxanthines. Caffeine works as a stimulant when ingested, giving you the feeling of feeling awake, energized, and jittery. We experience caffeine every day in coffee, energy drinks, tea, and in supplements. 

Potential Downsides

Aside from jitteriness and irritability, caffeine has no risk of heart disease. While it does cause a minor, temporary spike in blood pressure, there is no observable negative health implication entailing caffeine consumption. This, however, is only when caffeine is consumed within moderation. The recommended intake for caffeine is no more than 400mg per day and no more than 200mg in a single sitting. For context, your average soft drink is around 45mg of caffeine while brewed coffee is around 95mg. If you consistently abuse the amount of caffeine you drink per day, the consequences range from digestive issues, fatigue, frequent urination, rapid heartbeat, and muscle breakdown due to rhabdomyolysis. All in all, caffeine can be seen to have some slight benefits when taken in moderation. It’s important to keep within daily limits and listen to your body on how it reacts when consuming caffeine because everybody is slightly different in how they respond to different substances.

Sometimes it’s hard to not want to pour yourself your 4th cup of coffee. It’s been a long day and it’s only just past noon with the rest of the day still to go. But understanding your daily limits and pacing yourself to ensure that you maintain your health is a more important goal to achieve. In the case that you find yourself feeling tired, exercising and changing your diet are great ways to both increase your heart health and boost your energy levels over time. If any of those interest you, please visit our blog to learn about how you can keep your heart healthy and happy.

Forbes Aggabao -Alexander’s Hope Intern

Sources:

HeartFoundation

HealthLine

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