Coffee - Health Benefits and Risks

Coffee - Health Benefits and Risks

Coffee is the most popular drink in the world. The majority of people start their day with a cup of coffee to improve their mental awareness and physical fatigue. The common misconception is that coffee is bad for your health. The statement is true only if you add sugar or coffee creamers to it. The only healthy way to consume coffee is by having it black. There are some potential benefits due to its high content of antioxidants, but drinking a high quantity can lead to serious health issues. The recommended dose is up to 2 cups of coffee per day. However, your physician has the final word.

Benefits of Coffee

  • Mental Alertness. It seems that people who consume coffee can think clearer and focus better. Many perform better at work or in stressful situations after a cup of coffee. Decaffeinated coffee doesn't have the same benefits. [1]
  • Blood Pressure Booster. Drinking coffee helps people who have low blood pressure. It prevents dizziness. Nonetheless, this is a short-term remedy. Coffee cannot cure low blood pressure. It just gives it a push to make the body recover faster. People who regularly drink caffeinated beverages might develop tolerance, which removes its effect.
  • Lower Risk of Diabetes. Plenty of studies have shown a link between consuming coffee and preventing (not curing) type 2 diabetes. Decaffeinated coffee doesn't have the same effect because caffeine is the principal component. Coffee has magnesium and chromium which have an impact on insulin, controlling blood sugar levels. It also contains antioxidants which help prevent tissue damage.
  • Athletic Performance. Many athletes consume protein shakes which contain caffeine because it helps with physical endurance. The boost coffee provides, helps them have more energy and better performance.
  • Lower Risk of Parkinson Disease. [2]

Possible Side Effects

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Cholesterol. Drinking unfiltered coffee can increase LDL and triglycerides. Moreover, it can lead to high levels of homocysteine, which can lead to heart issues.
  • Osteoporosis. Caffeine increases the amount of calcium lost through urine. Therefore, people who are not consuming enough calcium but drink coffee on a regular basis might experience weaker bones later on.
  • Can worsen conditions such as IBS, diabetes, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and bleeding disorders. [3]

Coffee is safe if consumed in moderate quantities. Coffee drinkers shouldn't feel like they are harming their body as long as they drink it black. However, if one doesn't drink coffee, there is no reason to start doing so. There are plenty of other ways to get the same benefits. Eating a diet rich in minerals and vitamins accompanied by exercise helps you prevent and improve all kinds of health issues.