Can Consuming Excess Coffee Cause Stomach Ulcers?
I often consume up to 4 cups of coffee every day.
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Coffee is known as a type of beverage that has a negative effect on the stomach. The following are the effects of coffee on the stomach:
Coffee has acidic properties and can trigger excess gastric acid secretion. Both can cause irritation of the gastric mucosa and trigger ulcers in the stomach, especially in people who are at high risk (for example, having Helicobacter pylori infection, consumption of NSAID drugs, sterodies, etc.)
Coffee can weaken the contractions of the gastroesophageal sphincter (the valve that prevents stomach acid and stomach contents from rising into the esophagus), which can lead to symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux).
The limit of caffeine consumption for healthy people is around 400 mg or the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee. Even though the amount of your coffee consumption can still be said to be normal, if you often experience symptoms of stomach disorders, you will still be advised to reduce the amount of your coffee consumption. Limiting and stopping drinking coffee has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of stomach upset. This amount should also be reduced in people who have certain conditions such as high blood pressure, pregnancy, anxiety disorders, or certain heart problems.
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