When it comes to coffee, a person who drinks up to five cups a day may be on the right track health-wise.
A recent study suggests that there are health benefits to getting as much as 400 mg of caffeine per day.
Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University, was one of the panelists responsible for the new dietary recommendation.
Said Nelson, “We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits. Specifically when you’re drinking more than a couple cups per day.”
According to the finding, it’s highly beneficial for Americans to drink between three and five cups of coffee per day; the average American only has one cup of coffee per day at best.
This is unfortunate since the optimal amount of coffee is thought to help reduce health risks. This includes the development of cardiovascular issues and diabetes.
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ABC News reports that there is evidence that an ideal amount of coffee may even prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Now, it’s important that this report focuses on the moderate range of caffeine consumption, where the cut-off limit is five cups of coffee per day. Anything done in excess is bound to have consequences, and drinking too much coffee is no exception.
According to the Mayo Clinic, while 400 mg of caffeine is fine for adults, children and adolescents should keep it to 100 mg or less. Drinking numerous cups of coffee can lead to unpleasant side-effects such as insomnia, irritability, and upset stomach.
Too much coffee also leads to headaches, dehydration, and even hallucinations! Once you get far beyond the recommended amount of coffee, you cross over into some very unpleasant territory.
This includes your few cups of coffee spiraling into full-blown caffeine addiction.
Yes, it is possible to drink coffee to the point of dependency, so if you’re worried this could be a problem, ease back to a few (two or three) cups per day. The good news is that if you’re not drinking more than five cups per day, you should be just fine. In fact, the health benefits suggest that you’ll be better than fine.
However, if you like coffee, but find yourself very sensitive to caffeine, it’s possible to get positive health benefits even if you switch to “decaf.”
When it comes to drinking coffee, five cups a day may seem excessive… or not quite enough! How many cup of coffee per day do you need to get going?
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