Bad news for coffee drinkers who get headaches

A recent study by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) published in the Journal of Headache pain has disclosed that people who take higher amount of caffeine every day are more liable to suffer from occasional headaches than those who do not take it. During the course of the study 50,483 people from a cross section answered a questionnaire pertaining to caffeine consumption and headache occurrence as a part of the Nord-Tr0ndelag Health Survey (HUNT 2). The country wide health survey was conducted in 1995-1997 on an extensive range of health topics. The researcher found that the frequency of non-migraine headache was 18 percent more likely in individuals with high caffeine consumption (500 mg a day or more) than those who took caffeine at 125 mg a day.

To drink or not to drink
A majority of people, particularly adults, all over the world depend largely on caffeine. To date it is the most frequently consumed stimulant. Much has been said about the pros and cons of the caffeine but in short, its role is to make a person alert because it works on the central nervous system. It has the capability of increasing our blood pressure and it could be addictive too, though it has not been classified as a drug. It can assist in reducing and relieving the headaches. But researchers all over the world have not illustrated that during headaches whether we should drink more or less coffee. But various random studies have highlighted that taking caffeine in large quantity can stimulate headaches and migraines, while various other studies are mum on such relationship. A majority of persons are unaware about the caffeine content in their favorite beverages, but various subjective sources suggest that savoring more than 500 to 600 milligrams of caffeine in a day is harmful and could increase headaches. World Health Organization has put migraine at number 19th position in all causes of disability through a measure called “years lived with disability”.

But there are exceptions. Take for example the case of Scandinavia, as the people here are heavy coffee drinkers and consume about 400 mg of caffeine per day. This average consumption is roughly twice the average caffeine consumed in other European countries and in the US i.e. four cups of brewed coffee per day. But migraine cases could not be established as higher because it is possible that the caffeine content could vary.

One of the researchers wrote that, it can’t be said that all caffeine products causes headaches, as the study was cross-sectional, but people who suffer from headaches should control their caffeine use because it could be the reason behind headaches. Did you know beverages like chocolate milk, hot chocolate; cola and sodas; coffee, tea and foods like raisins, peanuts, chocolate covered graham crackers, cake all contain caffeine?

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4 Responses to Bad news for coffee drinkers who get headaches

  1. Gerald November 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    I am a coffee lover but I don’t drink coffee every day and I do not drink more than two cups when I do take some. I make it a point to try to control my caffeine intake since I don’t want my body to rely too much on coffee as my way to be alert or awake throughout my work shift since I already experienced a really bad headache before when I was still a heavy coffee drinker since I noticed then that I really had difficulty in falling asleep. After cutting down on my coffee consumption, I rarely get any headaches and I get to sleep much better nowadays.

  2. Aleesha May November 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I consider myself an avid coffee lover of many sorts! From the drink itself, desserts such as coffee flavored ice cream, cakes with a hint of coffee taste (such as tiramisu, yummy!), even candies! It’s apparent that my day would be totally incomplete if I don’t drink a cup or even three of black coffee, it’s like my daily dose of happiness! However, come to think of it, I did notice from time to time that my headaches tend to worsen when I drink coffee. I hate to admit it but I think this is some sort of healthy reminder for me to limit my caffeine intake every now and then!

  3. Jerry December 22, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Migraine and headaches are commonly result of incomplete sleep or rest, I’m a coffee lover I can consume around 4 cups of coffee daily. After doing this for almost a decade, I experience sudden change on me. My migraine and headaches visited more often. I asked my doctor and nothing wrong with me. And then this blog was shared to me by a friend, this had explain why I feel this when I’m taking lots of coffee daily. Very informative blog, starting today I will limit my caffeine intake 2 cups a day. I will share this knowledge to my other friend who loves coffee so much. Thank you for the blog.

  4. Nicolas February 5, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    First I was skeptical that drinking coffee can cause headache? I am a coffee lover, but I just drink coffee in the morning and when I feel sleepy at work. Coffee for me makes me feel alive, fresh, and alert in the morning just like an alarm clock to me. After reading this blog article I understand the effects of caffeine to our body. The caffeine in the coffee make us alert, and that is true as my experience. But it can also increase our blood pressure. I can’t stop drinking coffee because it is just like my weapon to keep me awake. I will only reduce the number of cups in drinking coffee to stay healthy.

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