Could excessive consumption of coffee affect your hormones? Find out


By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

December 20, 2020 9:00:42 pm

Should you be consuming greater than two cups of coffee day by day? (Photo: Pixabay)

Rashi Chowdhary, a famend nutritionist, just lately shared on social media how she used to eat eight cups of black coffee, “except for that one butter coffee in the morning”. This led to her being extra anxious and gaining extra weight.

She, nevertheless, received again to turning her life round by getting her well being on observe, getting her sleep cycle proper, and decreasing her consumption of coffee. From eight cups, she was down to 2.

Lavazza, the Italian model which, held a survey — ‘Brewing Conversations’ earlier this 12 months — with a purpose to collect insights on whether or not coffee is a ‘companion’ or a ‘motivator’ for Indian millennials — just lately performed one other, which examined over 3,000 younger folks, and located that just about 50 per cent of the respondents consumed coffee as the primary meal of the day. Not solely that, however 94 per cent additionally most well-liked coffee when in an interview, or throughout a gathering with purchasers. They additionally discovered the brewing beverage to be an incredible dialog starter to bond and meet up with their pals.


Chowdhary said that having one or two cups day by day is okay, since “250 mg of caffeine has great benefits for the heart, has antioxidants and good for your blood sugar levels, too. But anything beyond that is definitely a problem.”

Too a lot coffee

Too a lot of something is dangerous, and caffeine has its personal dangers: it might affect the reproductive system by stressing out the adrenal glands which result in a rise within the manufacturing of the stress hormone cortisol. “Abnormally elevated cortisol can lead to dysfunction with both our hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which affect our reproductive hormones,” explains Chowdhary, who’s a Dubai-based nutritionist.

While some folks can operate on a cup or two, others could not have the ability to deal with it in any respect. “Everyone’s body is different, and some may have a mutation in the CYP1A2 gene that produces an enzyme which allows your liver to eliminate caffeine and estrogen. Without this enzyme, it’s hard for your liver to process both caffeine and estrogen, which means you may feel too jittery or anxious, and have more PMS symptoms — all because of the hormone estrogen, which dominates your body.”

Consuming an excessive amount of caffeine can even ⁣deplete the vitamin B and magnesium ranges. “These are important nutrients needed for ovulation and progesterone production. When our body loses out on these components, it can lead to the excessive production of estrogen, causing major PMS symptoms, lumpy breasts and heavy bleeding.”

Chowdhary additionally warns that consuming “too much coffee loaded with milk and sugar can cause insulin resistance”, which is a priority for ladies with PCOS.

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