Coffee, health benefits and risks

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To obtain the boost needed to stay awake during long working hours, the caffeine in the coffee is always the solution.  The aroma of a brewing coffee is irresistible especially to coffee lovers like me.
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There are a lot of studies conducted and medical journals coming up with reports about the many health benefits and risks of drinking coffee. As a lot of people are coffee drinkers, many entrepreneurs ventured in the Café business. To come up with a perfect cup of coffee in different styles and types, there are some coffee schools like CHT Melbourne that offers Barista Coffee Making Course at an affordable price.  Some beneficial testimonials about coffee drinking however have no therapeutic claims.  Being a coffee lover, I personally researched on the pros and cons of drinking this kind of beverage. So here are some of the information I found.
 
Health benefits

  • It increases cognitive performance.
  • This beverage has been correlated with a lower incidence of gallstones and gallbladder diseases according to Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Café drinkers has less risk in developing Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Some studies show that caffeine can alleviate migraine.
  • Tanins in the beans can help reduce dental cavities
  • May reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) and liver cancer.
  • According to a study in Japan, coffee is cardio-protective.
  • Anti-oxidants found in coffee such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocynidins potentially lessen oxidative cell damage.
  • Based on a Swedish study in 2011, it can decrease the risk of esophageal, pharyngeal cancer and breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

 
Risks in drinking Café :

  • Can cause gastritis and ulcers as it can damage the lining of the gastro-intestinal organs.
  • 4 to 7 cups per day can cause insomnia or sleeplessness, irritability and anxiety
  • High consumption of unfiltered espresso may raise cholesterol levels.
  • It interferes with the body’s absorption of iron, thus can lead to iron deficiency anemia.

 
One important point to remember is that the accompaniments you put in your coffee such as cream and sugar add fat and calories to your diet.
Coffee can be good for some things but can be harmful too. It is advised to know your body and see if coffee suits you or not. If drinking it became a part of your daily routine, moderation is the key.
 
Resources:  Wikipedia, mayoclinic.com
Photo credits: Nicholas Tarling, freedigitalphotos.net

6 thoughts on “Coffee, health benefits and risks”

  1. I love your article on coffee. I am an avid coffee drinker myself. I’m more of the “plain Jane” kind..no sugar no flavorings..a little “coffe mate” only and I am good to go. I always knew there were health benefits from it but my doctor still gets on to me for drinking it.

  2. I’m a coffee drinker, but good thing I only manage to drink up to two cups a day only. I can’t remember when I started drinking coffee. All I know is that I can’t let a day pass without a cup. Thanks for sharing this post, although coffee can be really addictive, these reminders can really help me from drinking more than what I should.

  3. great post…thanks you. I definitely agree with the suggestion to drink with moderation…on the other end, almost anything is not good if abused, isn’t it?
    p.s. learn to drink coffee without sugar or at least use natural honey … after you get used with the taste, you’ll enjoy the benefits of not using white sugar or other things…yet, coffee drunk without sugar can let you realize much better whether it’s a good coffee

  4. I usually drink my coffee black, and when I crave the flavored creamer and sugar I tend to want it even more!! Also, if I have Starbucks coffee one day, I’ll start craving it daily! EEKK not good on the wallet! I didn’t know that drinking a lot of unfiltered espresso can cause high cholesterol levels; interesting. I tend not drink coffee everyday, if it is there, then I will. I also didn’t know about the anemia thing. I tend to become anemic here and there so I guess it’s a good thing I don’t drink it often. hmmmm but I do love the smell of it!

  5. How to optimize Coffee’s health benefits: Use Organic coffee whenever possible to avoid pesticide residue,fat free creamer and a tiny amount of raw sugar or fructose is good. I add 1/2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa to my morning cup of coffee. But most importantly, EAT SOMETHING with your cuppa Java, because this greatly reduces the risk of ulcers, that includes decaf coffee, by the way.

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