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Side Effects Of Coffee In Men


Coffee is one of the most sought after stimulants around the world. Men drink coffee to stay focused at work and beat fatigue. Generally coffee intake is harmless and to a large extent there are several health benefits associated with drinking coffee in moderation. However, when men get addicted to drinking coffee it leads to many side effects such nervousness, anxiety, muscle twitching and irregular heartbeats.

Caffeine is the main active chemical of coffee that blocks adenosine, which is a chemical that makes you naturally drowsy, increasing concentration and reaction speed. By drinking coffee regularly, most men tend to get addicted to its stimulating and mood altering properties. In today's lifestyle, most men get addicted to coffee by missing normal sleep time and inadequate rest to their body and mind. The so called energy boosting morning coffee is misleading as the caffeine only eases withdrawal symptoms accumulated overnight.

Addiction to caffeine itself is a major side effect of drinking coffee that starts off seamlessly without being a noticeable change in lifestyle. Once addiction to coffee takes control and crosses 300mg per day limit, the long term side effects start to take control. Once the temporary stimulation stops, the brain cells start needing caffeine for stimulation and a sudden neural sluggishness kicks in. Men who are addicted to coffee for long periods of time start to develop severe side effects resulting in major sleeping disorders.

Here are some of the side effects of coffee in men.


Many of the compounds in coffee like caffeine and the various acids found in coffee beans can irritate your stomach and the lining of your small intestine. By not drinking water before or after consuming coffee or by consuming excess coffee, it aggravates ulcers and acidity. Other side effects of coffee addiction include abdominal spasms, cramps, constipation and diarrhoea.


Acid reflux and heartburn can be caused by coffee due to the way it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter. This small muscle should remain tightly closed once you've eaten to prevent the contents of your stomach from coming back into the esophagus and burning its delicate lining with hydrochloric acid.


For many coffee is a must every morning as they are addicted to it as a laxative. Drinking coffee can stimulate peristalsis, the process in the digestive tract that makes us head for the bathroom. As stomach's contents quickly pass into the small intestines, many times the food is improperly digested and body fails to absorb all the essential nutrients in the food.

4.Mineral deficiency

Coffee affects iron absorption in your stomach and particularly your kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals. From a digestive standpoint, deficiency in magnesium is particularly worrying as it is necessary to maintain bowel regularity.

5.Acid Levels

Drinking coffee on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning, stimulates hydrochloric acid production. This can be a problem because HCL should only be produced to digest meals. By affecting the production of essential digestive acids, it leads to lots of side effects regarding digestive system and processes related to it.

6.Stress and Tension

Drinking lots of coffee will promote the release of the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These chemicals increase your body's heart rate, blood pressure and tension levels.

7.Bone mineral deficiency

Consuming higher than normally permissible levels of coffee on a daily basis, increases loss of bone mineral density. Caffeine is a mild diuretic, speeding up the urination cycle, but erodes calcium which is lost through urine. Long term, heavy caffeine use leads to a rapid development of osteoporosis.

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Story first published: Friday, November 29, 2013, 19:29 [IST]
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