Coffee, the controversial but certainly favorite drink, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of many serious diseases. It looks like the health benefits of drinking coffee outweighs all of the side effects people were previously warn about. However, this is true only if the coffee is being consumed in moderate amounts.
It is shown that coffee certainly reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease and daily consumption of two cups of coffee reduces the risk of colon cancer to as much as 25%. So, contrary to the popular belief, coffee is not that bad for the stomach. It may also decrease the risk of liver cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes; it moderates the symptoms of asthma and even prevents the formation of cavities. Coffee is a great energy booster that enchases one’s physical, improves the mood and stimulates the nervous system. One of the most important health features of coffee is that it represents one of the richest sources of antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acid, tocopherol, quinines and magnesium. These may help people suffering from diabetes to increase insulin sensitivity.
Disadvantages of drinking coffee
Consuming excessive amounts of coffee may lead to harmful effects of caffeine. More than two or three cups of coffee per day will cause severe and unpleasant side effects. Too much caffeine may be especially dangerous during pregnancy, as it may affect the baby’s health. Too much caffeine most frequently causes insomnia, headache, muscle tremors, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, nausea, abnormal heartbeat, anxiety and restlessness.
Coffee should always be consumed after a meal. Taking a coffee drink on an empty stomach may cause serious and unpleasant health problems. If one drinks coffee along with smoking, side effects may be even more pronounced.
To conclude, it seems to be that a coffee is good or bad for people depending on how much coffee do they take every day. Moderate consumption certainly has some nice health benefits but a maximum advised amount of coffee is no more than 575 grams per day.