The Side Effects of Drinking Coffee

By November 20, 2017


This article will examine the side effects of drinking coffee that you may not know yet. (how much coffee a day?)Whether coffee is good for you is a largely disputed matter. Some people say it is great for your and some people claim its bad for you. We will take a look at some of the side effects to figure out how coffee affects our body.


Coffee contains some of the necessary nutrition that your body requires every day:

A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains.. (1)

· Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.

· Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.

· Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.

· Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.

· Folate: 1% of the RDA.

· Manganese: 3% of the RDA.

· Potassium: 3% of the RDA.

· Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.

· Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.

Although the nutritional value within coffee is great, coffee is a better source of antioxidants – antioxidants are necessary for good health.  Interestingly, did you know that Westerners get more of their antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables?

Coffee can enhance our brains functioning


Studies show that coffee provides a short-term lift in brain functioning. Specifically, Coffee can help improve your mood, reaction time, vigilance and general cognitive function; alongside this, coffee reduces tiredness and makes us feel more awake.(how does coffee increase your concentration?)

Coffee lowers risk of depression and suicide

In modern life, we can all feel stressed and overworked.  Due to this, we can suffer from depression and be pushed towards suicide. Although coffee is not a solution to these problems, studies show that those who drink coffee at less likely to encounter these problems.

A study conducted by Harvard in 2011 demonstrated that people whom drank the most coffee had a 20 less risk of becoming depressed.

A review of three studies concluded that people whom drank four or more cups of coffee per day were at a 53% lower risk of committing suicide.

Coffee can cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep

It would be misleading to only discuss the benefits of coffee. Coffee does have negative side effects and we will examine these in this article.

If you find that when you drink coffee that you react badly, you may be sensitive to caffeine. If this is the case, then you should be more cautious before drinking too much coffee.  In extreme situations, caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart issues and make panic attacks worse.

Consuming caffeine can also lower your quality of sleep. If you find that after drinking coffee you are unable to sleep, then you should avoid consuming coffee after 14:00 (2 pm).

Should you drink coffee?


Now we know more about the side effects of coffee, should we drink coffee?

The answer to this question really depends upon you. Some people should avoid drinking coffee. Such as pregnant women and people with heart issues.

Yet, the average consumer of coffee seems to benefit from the good side effects of coffee.  A good rule is if you feel sensitive to coffee, or have health issues, then you should avoid coffee.  

However, if you enjoy drinking coffee then I think the benefits outweigh the negatives. I tend to drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day and my health is great. And there’s another article about how much coffee is too much for you. If you have other opinions please let us know at the comment box below.

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