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Safe daily coffee intake and who shouldn't drink it

Safe daily coffee intake and who shouldn't drink it Who shouldn't drink coffee?
Author: Maria Kholina

Coffee, one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages worldwide, is a natural psychoactive stimulant due to its caffeine content.

Family doctor Mykhailo Tsiurak explains what the acceptable daily coffee intake is and what it depends on.

Benefits of coffee include:

  • enhancing physical and mental performance
  • reducing sleepiness
  • alleviating migraine and other types of headaches
  • preventing conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's disease, liver cirrhosis, and breast cancer.

How many cups of coffee can you drink per day without harming your health?

The recommended maximum is three cups, which won't lead to adverse effects. However, if you have uncontrolled hypertension or heart arrhythmia, it's advisable to limit your coffee consumption.

Who should avoid coffee?

Individuals with health issues such as:

  • heart arrhythmia
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • gastritis or stomach ulcers with increased acidity (as caffeine increases acidity)
  • insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks
  • urinary incontinence (caffeine has a diuretic effect)
  • women with osteoporosis (as coffee can deplete calcium).

Can pregnant women and breastfeeding individuals consume coffee?

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is permissible to drink no more than two cups of coffee per day, preferably weak blends with added milk.