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Moderate caffeine consumption is not harmful

The results of many studies have been used by the American Institute for Cancer Research to determine that there is no correlation between caffeine consumption and cancer. However, more than 4 cups a day may increase the risk of heart disease with even 2 cups showing some level of inflammation evident in blood tests. However, large studies have found no link between caffeine consumption and incidence of heart disease. Some studies have suggested a link between caffeine consumption and osteoporosis but it has been concluded that this only happens in elderly women who don't consume enough calcium. Menopausal women who drink coffee should not expect their bones to be affected. Also, moderate caffeine consumption does not have a huge impact on the body's fluid balance. Some studies suggest that caffeine may increase blood pressure but others suggest that regular consumers may build up a tolerance that prevents this. Moderate consumption of caffeinated drinks can increase energy and alertness but excess can cause nausea, headache, sleeping problems, anxiety and even heart palpitations. The genetic makeup of individual determines how much effect caffeine has on their body. The recommended moderate intake level is no more than 3 cups of coffee, 4 cups of tea or 6 colas.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by MSNBC - American Institute for Cancer

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About: Moderate caffeine consumption is not harmful

Date: 3 December 2004

Source: MSNBC - American Institute for Cancer

Author: Karen Collins


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