Coffee is one of the most popular beverages today, and millions of people start their day with a warm cup of java. People drink it for its taste, flavor, out of habit or truly rely on it for energy. Well, the reasons can be many. Some even drink for health reasons.

When you become addicted to coffee and find it difficult to go a day without it, you may be drinking excess amounts that can cause several potential health problems.

Here are the top 10 side effects of excess coffee intake.

10Increases Cholesterol Levels

Coffee, particularly when unfiltered, may increase total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels.

Unfiltered coffee contains two cholesterol-raising substances, known as cafestol and kahweol.

In a 2001 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that consumption of unfiltered, but not filtered, coffee increases serum levels of total and LDL cholesterol.

Another study published in 2007 in Molecular Endocrinology reports that cafestol elevates cholesterol by hijacking a receptor in an intestinal pathway critical to its regulation.

In fact, cafestol is the most potent dietary cholesterol-elevating agent known.

If you have high cholesterol, limit or avoid unfiltered coffee and opt for filtered versions instead.


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