Depending on the strength of the brew, drinking three 8-ounce cups of coffee every day can have great health benefits. Research from the National Institute of Health (NIH) done recently has shown coffee may particularly play a role in preventing diseases like stroke, some cancers, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, coffee boosts our memory and the brains concentration power. Well, this can be attributed to the fact that coffee are made from the ground coffee nuts, which contain phytochemicals and other active protective compounds.
Caffeine, a mild stimulant found in coffee, has been linked to lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, caffeine consumption isn’t usually advised to people with high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Additionally, caffeine interacts with certain medications poorly and can further worsen insomnia, heartburn and anxiety.
However, before you rush to buy that cup of Joe, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Negative Impacts of Coffee
It’s better to begin with the bad tales and get over with them fast so we can go on the good stuff. Caffeine is classified as a drug, and just like other stimulants, it’s all about the dosage. Most importantly, caffeine being a drug, it tends to become addictive, with people reporting cases where if they won’t wake up to a cup of coffee they’ll feel awful throughout the day.
Other malevolent effects of caffeine include:
- Increased anxiety and disruption of sleep patterns. This can lead to cycles of restless sleep and daytime fatigue, closely followed by insomnia.
- Caffeine interacts poorly with thyroid medication, antidepressants, heartburn medication and certain antibiotics.
- Caffeine also increases blood sugar levels, this makes it harder for people with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition. It also raises the blood pressure.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Just like a double edged sword, coffee and caffeine do have healthy benefits, having been indicated to protect against certain health defects as shown above. Other important benefits of coffee include:
- Coffee cuts suicide risk. Caffeine in the coffee is a psychoactive component that improves the mood of the coffee drinker. This reduces risk of bipolar and depression that commonly precedes suicide.
- Coffee promotes longevity.
- Coffee reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Albeit, coffee raises blood sugar levels making it difficult for people who are already diabetic to manage their condition, switching to decaf has less pronounced effects on blood sugar levels.
Just like most drugs and foods, it all comes down to an individual reaction to the component. Coffee drinkers don’t interact with the caffeine in a same manner. Moreover, the amount of consumption varies. An important point to note, for those wishing to cut back on caffeine consumption, do it gradually over weeks, introducing decaf to your regular cup of Joe. Most importantly you need to remember caffeine is a drug and to manage its influence you need to gradually exit.
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