I am somewhat of a coffee fiend. Not so much in how many cups I drink per day, but rather in how my body reacts when I fail to introduce caffeine to my blood stream within two hours after waking. I become severely disoriented and it feels like a small crew of miners have taken residency in my brain. So you can imagine my displeasure upon hearing that my coffee-slash-caffeine addiction is wreaking havoc on my hormones.
According to new research, the stimulant alters the estrogen levels in women — and it does so in differing increments, depending on the woman’s race. Come on, caffeine, let’s be an equal opportunity meddler here.
The study, which analyzed women between the ages of 18 and 44, found that caffeinated beverages changed the estrogen levels of white women in a different way than their Asian counterparts. While estrogen lowers in white women, it conversely raises in Asian ladies. Weird. Scientists aren’t sure what causes the difference of effect between races, but they think it has something to do with the role genetics play in metabolizing.
Not to fret, though — the changes in the hormone aren’t substantial enough to harm most women who have the usual cup-a-day. Phew. (via NYTimes)
Are you a super caffeine consumer? Do the benefits outweigh the possible side-effects?