Recently, researchers from Penn State found that cutting down caffeine intake may help reduce anxiety.
They suggest that when used in moderation, caffeine can boost energy, improve alertness and produce a general feeling of well-being.
But when people use caffeine too much, it can lead to insomnia, jitteriness, and feelings of nervousness.
People who already have general anxiety disorder should reduce their intake to control the mental problem.
Previous research has shown that caffeine may help with concentration and provide a boost for some individuals, including people with depressed mood.
But the current research shows that people to know healthy limits and consume it strategically because it is activating and can mimic or exacerbate the symptoms of anxiety.
The researchers suggest that low doses of caffeine are considered to be 50 to 200 mg.
If people consume more than 400 mg at once, they may experience some of the drug’s harmful side effects.
It can lead to anxiety, a racing heart, nausea or abdominal pain.
The team also says that doctors should ask about caffeine consumption during office visits because it can be a potential contributing factor to anxiety.
It is also important to know that caffeine can interact with the drug for seizure disorders, liver disease, chronic kidney disease, certain heart conditions or thyroid disease.
This can make a health condition become more difficult to control.
The team recommends adolescents and children consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day.
A tall Starbucks coffee contains 250 mg of caffeine, compared to 100 mg in an average cup of generic, home-brewed joe.
Energy drinks can contain close to 400 mg. A can of Coca-Cola has 35 mg of caffeine, while Mountain Dew packs 55 mg per can.
In addition, many vitamin and sports or nutritional supplements also contain caffeine, so it is important to look for that on the label.
One researcher of the study is Dr. Julie Radico, a clinical psychologist with Penn State Health.
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