Got this today from Ruddy Adam, inspired from 24/7WALLst.
The Positives and Negatives of Coffee Drinking
One of the big positives I see normally left out of coffee drinking is the socialization that can go with it. Socializing with friends in a relaxing atmosphere can be a huge positive to the brain, and again, to our overall health.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed medical research findings from a range of journals and sources regarding the benefits of drinking coffee. They identified 18 solid benefits. The benefits range from an improved mood and reduced risk of depression to a reduced risk of heart disease.
And as the Mayo Clinic notes, however, more than four cups of coffee a day can cause irritability, upset stomach, anxiety/panic attacks, migraine headaches, and muscle tremors—side effects that may outweigh any potential benefit to limiting oneself to four cups per day. Another caveat they pointed out is that some folks can’t tolerate caffeine in any amount. It can cause a dozen or so negatives in their lives. There is, of course, decaf for those folks, which largely has the same benefits as caffeinated does.
Also, every seven years our systems change in numerous ways. As all of you know, our positive brain chemicals stop producing as well as they did in earlier years at about age 50. Your brain then needs help getting those chemicals—that are mandatory for your brain’s health, as well as our overall health—to produce properly. Coffee helps in that department, but as we age, we no doubt need more than that to keep our brains healthy. Supplements and/or medication eventually become necessary. For people who are naturally negative and often depressed, at this time there is no natural supplement out there to help you. You have to go to medication, and thankfully, there are some excellent ones available today, such as Lexapro, which I’ve seen help a number of folks.
Caffeine overload is a big negative. No telling how much trouble that causes around the world, and it should be properly noted when dealing with people who have drastic mood changes or other signs they may be overloading their systems with what is normally a good substance: caffeine.
Signs of Caff Overload: irritability, tachycardia, agitation, long mad verbal rants, sensitivity, butting in on conversations, not being able to sleep a normal amount of hours, negativism, compulsions, extreme mood changes (The Jekyll and Hide effect often mimicking bi-polarism/manic depression), over-answering of questions by long rants. Long, rambling verbal rants are always a result of some problem that is affecting the big, often, buy by no means always, caffeine overload.
The journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment notes that symptoms of caffeine overload are similar to many psychiatric disorders and often overlap because they both have a basis in making the sympathetic nervous system become overactive. This can cause all the above symptoms and more.
For example, caffeine overload causes symptoms virtually “indistinguishable from anxiety disorder.” The piece goes on to say that people who are likely to experience panic attacks or social phobias are “normally more sensitive to caffeine and are therefore more prone to have these conditions exacerbated after intaking caffeine,” much less too much caffeine.
Sometimes, these effects may go so far that they can be compared to symptoms of psychosis. Some researchers hypothesize that people who’re taking certain meds for depression and psychosis are drawn to substances such as caffeine that puts them on the other side of what their prescription drugs do to the brain, making them erratic, nervous, negative, and irritable.
Yes, coffee has its positives. And there are no negatives to drinking moderate amounts, mostly stated to be four cups over the entire day. But too much can cause it to become a negative. That’s easy to correct. Cut back! For no studies have shown that too much coffee is anything other than a negative.
For our health: Ruddy