Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks all over the world. It is a stimulant and helps in getting over the feeling of tiredness and fatigue. All this could lead to coffee drinking habbit which could be difficult to leave with time.
The impact of coffee is all due to its high concentration of caffeine (psychoactive drug) and active alkaloids. Coffee is an addictive drug similar to cocaine as it stimulates central nervous system that lead to withdrawal symptoms like irritability, headaches, anxiety and lethargy. All this shows that coffee is quite strong to constitute a possible health hazard and could cause psychiatric disturbances.
Harmful effects of coffee:
- Heart Disease
- Gall stones
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Fibrocrystic Breast disease.
- Lower bone density in women
Coffee could bring Dyspepsia. Expect digestive distress after drinking as less as 2 cups of coffee a day as per the researchers at university of Michigan. It might be the acid content of the coffee which causes Dyspepsia.
According to a study conducted at Stanford University, sedentary men in between 30 and 55 consuming more then 3 cups of coffee a day could be at a higher risk of developing heart disease then people who consume less. According to another study conducted on 100,000 people by Dr Klatsky claims that 4 or more cups of coffee a day could boost chances of heart disease by 30% in men and a whooping 60% in women.
According to a study conducted at University of North Carolina, people who are often constipated drink more coffee. This might be due to action of colon which may come to tolerate the constant stimulant effect of caffeine and thus become sluggish. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic which disturbs the body fluid balance by drawing fluid out of the gut where they are required to soften the stool. This makes stool hard and difficult to expel.
People with sensitive colon could diarrhoea on consumption of coffee. According to a research, even a single cup of coffee could stimulate muscle contractions in bowel. This could happen with both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees. Caffeine is diuretic that lessens the body fluid that is most required in diarrhoea. Drinking coffee could induce or aggravate diarrhoea.
Coffee could stimulate gall bladder for gall bladder attack. This phenomenon was discovered by Bruce R. Douglas at university of Leiden. Men and women consuming as less as 115 ml of coffee could experience stimulated gall bladder contraction. People prone to gallstones should avoid all types of coffee.
Caffeine could cause osteoporosis by promoting excretion of calcium thus robbing bones of the minerals. 2 or more cups of coffee a day could increase the chances of breaking a hip by 50%.
Coffee drinking could lead to premenstrual syndrome which could be quite disturbing in women’s life. Dr. Possignol conducted a study on 841 women and found that those consuming more caffeine per day are more prone to premenstrual syndrome.