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Combats drowsiness, temporarily boosts athletic performance, eases congestion due to colds and flu, prevents asthma attacks, enhances the pain-relieving effects of aspirin.
Coffee is most notorious for causing insomnia and increasing anxiety, irritability and nervousness. It can also aggravate panic attacks. Coffee increases the secretion of stomach acids and can upset the stomach. Doctors say that people with ulcers or other gastrointestinal conditions should use it cautiously, if at all. Contrary to popular mythology, coffee does not cause ulcers. It can, however, make ulcers worse in people who already have them.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
and it also depletes the body of vitamins. That is a downside you experience whether you realize it or not.
No problem, though, that is what mega-vitamins are for.
Originally posted by sen5e
I just discovered that having a plain black cup of coffee helps nullify the effects of some herbs. This is good when the effect of the herb doesn't agree with you. I thought it was just a fluke the 1st time it happened but I was able to get rid of a bad side-effect from another herb again this way. The only thing is that you may get stuck with a headache for a little while doing this. So that's why they don't recommend consuming caffeine with herbal supplements.