The Pros and Cons of Coffee

Are you confused about whether coffee is good for you or bad for you? Coffee and caffeine are among the most studied substances in the current scientific world. It seems new studies featuring coffee’s effects on health are published every month. The general tenor of those studies has changed considerably over the years as well. Where once and coffee were universal bad buys. much of today’s research paints coffee in a very positive light. The truth probably lays somewhere between the two extremes. The one thing that most health professionals agree upon with regard to coffee is that you’ll just have to make up your own mind – but coffee in moderation doesn’t seem to hurt you. Take a look at the pros and cons revealed by the latest research and decide for yourself if coffee wears a white hat or a black one.

Coffee pros

Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent aging and protect against cell damage.

Drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of
– Parkinson’s Disease
– cirrhosis of the liver
– gallstones
– kidney stones
– type 2 diabetes
– memory loss due to aging and Alzheimer’s disease
– heart disease
– may delay the onset of multiple sclerosis

Drinking coffee may protect against Alzheimers’ Disease

Drinking coffee improves

– mental performance
– alertness
– attention
– wakefulness
– physical endurance and stamina

Drinking coffee speeds up the recovery of muscles from fatigue, possibly by calling on glycogen stores in muscles

And of course, it tastes good and helps you relax.

Coffee cons
– heavy consumption of boiled coffee elevates cholesterol levels

Coffee has a negative effect on blood vessel tone and function

Caffeine temporarily raises blood pressure, which can be dangerous to those with chronic hypertension

Drinking a lot of coffee can affect the absorption of calcium and increase the risk of osteoporosis

Caffeine is a mild diuretic and may increase the risk of dehydration.

Caffeine can make it more difficult for those with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.