Because caffeine, in one ingestible form or another, plays such
significant social, economic and cultural roles in just about every
nation around the world, scientists and researchers have conducted many
studies pertaining to health issues, particularly in women because it is
women who tend to be more sensitive to it than men and because it takes
women longer to detoxify caffeine out of their systems.
Caffeine and the Female Sex Hormones of Childbearing Age Women
* Approximately forty percent of women of childbearing age experience
at least some symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which includes
breast swelling and tenderness, bloating and weight gain, abdominal
cramps and headaches, irritability and depression, fatigue and anxiety.
Reduced consumption of caffeine has helped relieve some of these
symptoms, especially the nervous irritability and breast sensitivity.
* Increased fibrous and glandular tissues in the breasts results in a
commonly occurring but painful condition in women called fibrocystic
breasts. Elimination of caffeine intake will not dissolve the
noncancerous cysts but it will reduce the pain.
to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly ten million women are using
infertility services to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. As
part of these treatments, elimination of caffeine is recommended for it
seems to have an adverse affect on women's fertility.
Pregnant women who take in caffeine tend to give birth to considerably
smaller babies who, after birth, display signs of caffeine withdrawal
because the caffeine had permeated the placental barrier. Caffeine is
also known to cause heart palpitations in pregnant women.
* Women who intend to breastfeed should stop ingesting caffeine as it becomes a component of the breast milk.
Caffeine and the Female Sex Hormones of Post-Childbearing Age Women
* Menopause is a natural process of aging and hormonal changes in
women. Many menopausal women experience hot flashes, sleeplessness,
vaginal dryness, osteoporosis and heart attacks. All these symptoms seem
to be exacerbated by caffeine. Caffeine also hastens the aging process
and brings on menopause earlier in life.
* Menopausal women
are more susceptible to bone density loss. Caffeine blocks the
absorption of the minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin D)
which are needed to prevent or reverse this condition; therefore bone
density decreases as osteoporosis worsens.
Caffeine and Other Health Issues in Women of All Ages
disease kills more women in the United States and the rest of the
western world than any other fatal disease. Caffeine is associated with
risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high
homocysteine levels which lead to heart disease.
Is There Nothing Good to Say About Caffeine?
Of course there is something good to be said about caffeine:
* A new research which was conducted in France and Portugal and then
published in the "Neurology", the journal of the American Academy of
Neurology (AAN) revealed amazing results. Over a span of four years,
4,197 aging (65 and older) dementia-free women were tracked in reference
to their caffeine consumption and their cognitive capabilities. The
conclusion was that, being a psycho-stimulant, caffeine may help
safeguard the thinking processes and memory skills in elderly women who
are not yet suffering the effects of dementia as it reduces their
This study also noted that the benefits
seem to progressively intensify with age. The intake of caffeine by 65
year old women shows a thirty percent reduction in cognitive decline
while the intake of caffeine by 80 year old women shows a seventy
percent reduction in cognitive decline.
* A recent study
conducted by Dr. Walter Willett and colleagues from the Harvard School
of Public Health found that although caffeine unfavorably affects
fibrocystic breasts, it has no relevance to any kinds of malignant
* A study at Harvard University reveals that
women who regularly take in caffeine decrease their chance of
contracting diabetes by thirty percent.
* Other studies show
the following benefits: reduction of the development of Parkinson's
disease; fewer cases of colon cancer, cirrhosis and gallstones; helps
with asthma, stops headaches, elevates moods and inhibits the
development of dental cavities.
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