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The health effects of coffee are controversial.
Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of good things to be said about coffee.
It’s high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.
However, it also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee and cacao plants.
It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system, helping you to stay alert and preventing the onset of tiredness.
Here are some of the benefits analyzed for coffee lover:
- Coffee Contains Some Essential Nutrients and Is Extremely High in Antioxidants
- Coffee Contains Caffeine, a Stimulant That Can Enhance Brain Function and Boost Metabolism
- Coffee May Protect Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Coffee Drinkers Have a Much Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Liver Diseases
- Coffee Drinkers Have a Much Lower Risk of Depression and Suicide
- Some Studies Show That Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
- Caffeine Can Cause Anxiety and Disrupt Sleep
- Caffeine Is Addictive and Missing a Few Cups Can Lead to Withdrawal
The scientific evidence suggests the following:
- Coffee has some health benefits. New research indicates that coffee drinkers may be less likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances. Coffee consumption has also been linked to decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. Coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, does contain ingredients that may raise LDL cholesterol, but brewing coffee with paper filters tends to reduce this cholesterol-raising effect.
- Black tea and green tea, caffeinated as well as decaffeinated, contain ingredients that have many health benefits, such as reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and gum disease.
- Caffeine itself has no nutritional value and for most people is mildly addictive. For some, chronic use has side effects such as restlessness, insomnia, and panic attacks. Caffeine may also stimulate the production of stomach acids; increase eye pressure (it is therefore discouraged for those with glaucoma); and interact with a variety of medications (for example, caffeine amplifies the effect of some asthma medications).
The Difference Between Regular and Decaf:
Some people opt for decaffeinated coffee instead of regular.
Decaffeinated coffee is usually made by rinsing coffee beans with chemical solvents.
Each time beans are rinsed, some percentage of the caffeine dissolves in the solvent. This process is repeated until most of the caffeine has been removed.
Keep in mind that even decaffeinated coffee does contain some caffeine, just much less than regular coffee.