Coffee: the Pros and Cons

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When it comes to coffee, professionals seem tentative. Some say it’s good, some say it’s bad. I used to drink 5 cups of day, then I went to none. Now I drink 1 cup in the morning. I’ve been very confused about what is a good amount of caffeine to consume. I decided to do some research on all of the conflicting evidence, and this is what I have found:

Pros
-Research shows that coffee reduced the risk of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.
-Coffee contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
-Women who drank 5 or more cups of coffee per day were 57% less likely to contract estrogen related cancers.
-Oral and throat cancers are also less common in coffee drinkers.
-When working out, having a coffee before a workout increases adrenaline and can increase performance by 11-13%.
-Coffee increases the effects of some painkillers which contributes to pain management for those with chronic pain.
-Men who drank 1-3 cups of coffee per day were 20% likely to develop prostate cancer.

Cons
-Coffee can cause changes in sleep patterns, contributing to insomnia and poor sleep quality.
-Coffee can impede absorption of minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc and iron.
-Blood pressure is raised by coffee.
-Caffeine withdrawals can cause fatigue, headaches and dizziness as the effects of coffee wear off.
-Coffee can aggravate heartburn and digestion due to the acidity and also is known to stain teeth.
-Coffee is a diuretic, which can cause dehydration and causes the body to excrete  calcium, magnesium and potassium through urine.

My conclusion:
Coffee, like anything else seems best to be consumed in moderation. There are health benefits, there are health drawbacks. Everyone is different, listen to your body and pay attention to how you react when you drink coffee. It seems to effect different people in varying ways.

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One thought on “Coffee: the Pros and Cons

  1. This is such a good, useful post. My maximum has been 4 strong espressos a day. I needed them, I was working 16 hours, sleeping about 5. I knew that 4 was my limit. Actually, after the second one I can feel kind of restless lol they’re good when you have intestinal issues because you take one strong coffee and you go. They’re also great for headaches. Honestly I shouldn’t drink coffee at all because of my gastritis but decaf is not healthier at all. I now drink about 2 cups of cappuccino a day and an espresso sometimes. If I’m craving some at night, then I go for decaf. My stepdad can drink about 7 or 8 I think and it’s like he’s having water, doesn’t do anything for him. I don’t understand the addiction part, I crave it sometimes but I can definitely live without it 😊

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