Caffeine is probably the most used or even abused drug in the world. Yes, it’s a drug.
What’s crazy is about 90% of Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis.
Coffee consumption is about 40% of the world’s population. And much higher in the US, at about 70%.
The point is, that most of us have a bunch of caffeine running through our veins.
How Does Caffeine Affect Your Blood Flow?
Caffeine and caffeine products can negatively affect your circulation.
- Caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor and constricts blood vessels, thus – can decrease blood flow.
- Caffeine has been shown to make arteries stiff which contributes to coronary artery disease or hardening of the arteries.
- It also increases blood pressure levels because it blocks hormones your body produces to keep your arteries wide open.
- Caffeine is a stimulant, it increases adrenaline, as well as stress hormones such as cortisol. This “fight or flight” mechanism further restricts blood flow.
- Caffeine also causes anxiety, which again indirectly decreases blood flow due to negative changes in neurotransmitters.
- Caffeine has a long half-life and it negatively affects sleep. Poor sleep quality and quantity further increase stress hormones, as well as blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and yes, these all decrease circulation
If you do want to support healthy blood flow for improving heart and brain health, more youthful skin and hair, and better sexual performance and erections for men – then you have two options.
- If you’re not going to stop consuming caffeine, at least try to lower the caffeine intake by at least half.
- Or, just take specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs that will help support healthy blood flow and circulation. These will also help undo the damage caused over the years and you can still enjoy your caffeine.