My Take on a Good Cup of Jo!

There has been so much controversy over the use of caffeine.  Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good cup of jo!  My wife goes out of her way to find a good brew for me.  Recently, I have been kind of stuck on Peet’s but there are a lot of good ones out there!  I get a lot of questions on this subject and just want to give you my take!

As we know, caffeine is a mild stimulant that is often found in beverages such as coffee, tea, colas and foods such as chocolate.  In fact, over the counter medications that are used to combat pain, sleepiness and the compulsive desire to eat contain large amounts of caffeine.  This so-called legal substance has been an issue of debate with regard to human health for quite some time.  When taken in small quantities, caffeine has shown no significant adverse effects.  In larger doses, however, caffeine may increase the risk of health problems.  Nevertheless, every day millions of Americans consume several cups of coffee to help keep them alert and ready.

On the positive side I recently saw an article in Web MD that stated:”After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that compared with not partaking in America’s favorite morning drink, downing one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. But having six cups or more each day slashed men’s risk by 54% and women’s by 30% over java avoiders.”

For all the positive benefits that people seem to acquire from the moderate use of caffeine, thee is also a dark side to this popular stimulant.  It has been noted that caffeine taken in large doses may cause increased free blood cholesterol, prostate infection related symptoms, headaches and feelings of anxiety, irregular heartbeat and even possible prevention of conception.

I have done a lot of research on this subject and what I suggest is that unless your physician advises you to discontinue the use of caffeine containing products, there is usually no need for concern.  Should you decide to continue using caffeine, you may want to consider the following guideline in order to control your daily consumption.  The guideline I suggest is to limit your daily intake of caffeine to an amount (in milligrams) that is no more than double your body weight!

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