Coffee. One thing that millions of Americans share in common.
There has been an abundance of studies of the pros and cons of this delicious, magical liquid. For starters, the biggest and most well-known purpose for coffee is its ability to wake you up. That alone has multiple benefits: making it easier to start your day early, more motivated, and in a better mood because of those two things. Coffee is also known to help a person have a decreased risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Being high in antioxidants causes coffee to decrease the risk of cancer and helps a person stay more disciplined in their daily routine since it helps you to focus. As for the ladies, Coffee also boosts your metabolism by helping curb your appetite for the people who are trying to lose weight.
According to 18 studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine publication that involved nearly 500,000 men and women, every person that drank a cup of coffee regularly had their chances of developing type 2 Diabetes decrease by 7%. Also, according to the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, a study conducted on mice showed that people who consumed four to five cups of coffee per day could give them the ability to decrease Alzheimer’s disease.
At the end of the day though, coffee is caffeine, and how much is too much?
Coffee can cause anxiety when ingested at high doses and can make someone irritable depending on how sensitive they are too caffeine. Of course, if a person drinks coffee regularly they can grow immune to these symptoms, however, that means that they’ll also grow into needing a caffeine fix and potentially having headaches if they don’t get them. Also, if you’re going to be a regular coffee drinker, make sure to drink the filtered drip kind. Unfiltered coffee is known to contain a compound called “cafestol” which is known to higher your “bad” cholesterol.
Although people love the “alertness” coffee brings to the table, it can cause people to have sleep disturbances. “Alertness” symptoms can have immediate effects, whereas the same symptom also doesn’t go away as quick, even if you think it might have. Coffee is known to linger in your body for on average of about 8-12 hours once consumed.
There is no right or wrong answer on how much coffee someone should drink, especially since everyone’s idea of a “cup of coffee” varies in size. On top of it, everyone’s sensitivity to caffeine is different therefor, everyone will react differently. Also take into consideration, that everybody’s body will also react differently depending on how much and how long they’ve been “regular” coffee drinkers. So, the best thing to do is to just listen to your body on the amount you consume. If you have two cups of coffee and you feel jittery, cut back to one. If you feel like one cup of coffee isn’t enough, I don’t see an issue in having another.
All in all, there are more pro’s than con’s in this coffee health debate. As mentioned before, coffee can help in: “waking” you up, start your day earlier, be more motivated, put you in a better mood because of those two, decreased risk of diabetes, decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, being high in antioxidants causing a decreased risk in cancer and helps you boost your metabolism and curb your appetite.
So wake up and have your coffee(s)! At the end of the day, there’s a negative side effect to everything and coffee’s negatives are pretty miniscule, if you even experience them.