The concentration of the various ingredients and active agents in coffee varies, depending on the formula of the raw coffees used, their origin, the roasting method, the method of preparation etc. In addition to caffeine, there are a whole series of ingredients responsible for the unmistakable aroma. These are, among other things, tannins (proteins and organic acids), carbohydrates and a large proportion of substances hitherto unknown, some of which are created by the process of roasting or infusion itself. The main active agent is caffeine.
Like, for instance theine in tea, and theobromine in cocoa, it belongs to the alkaloid group of substances. Due to the similarities between these substances, their effect on the human organism is also very similar.
In moderate doses, alkaloids have a stimulant effect on the muscles and cardiac activity as well as on the central nervous system. Caffeine cheers people up, temporarily increasing their mental performance. By stimulating the cerebral cortex, certain mental functions such as concentration are improved and depressive moods may be lifted. Sometimes a cup of coffee will also drive away a troublesome headache.
Short-term side effects
Increase in blood pressure and with it the body temperature. At a very high dose, palpitations and outbreaks of perspiration are also possible, depending on how accustomed the body is to caffeine. Stimulation of the activities of the digestive system and the kidneys, increase in energy turnover. In individual cases, drinking coffee seems to ease headaches. Coffee increases the desire to urinate and has a dehydrating effect.
Long-term side effects
Long-term and regular drinking of several cups of caffeinated coffee per day may lead to the development of dependency with psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms when coffee is abstained from.
Depending on dose and physical constitution, these range from slight headaches, increased nervousness, tiredness, vomiting and even disturbances of coordination and concentration.
Nothing is currently known of any physical damage caused by caffeine.
Interaction with other drugs
The assertion that coffee will sober you up after a night on the booze has been disproved. Mixing coffee with other drugs increases the harm to the body. The diuretic effect of coffee increases the risk of dehydration.
Drink a glass of water with your coffee, to counteract the dehydrating effect. A healthy person will quite probably experience no problems. People with very high blood pressure, extremely high cholesterol levels, disorders of the digestive system or cardiovascular disorders should however review their consumption of coffee and if appropriate reduce it or cut it out all together.
Pregnant women are also advised to limit their coffee intake.
Leave the coffee in the cupboard before bedtime. There are people who do get to sleep better after a cup of coffee, but it has been found that the period of deep sleep that is known to be so essential for the body's regeneration, is significantly shortened.
This information is not intended to promote drug use.
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