Coffee… Those who know me well, know I love my coffee. I have been very concerned about the stories I’ve been hearing about the affects coffee has on our health and whether or not I should believe them or which ones to believe.
Well, I’m very happy to find out that studies have proven that coffee has more benefits than risks related to our health. I’m not saying that there are no risks to drinking coffee, what I’m saying is that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all…
Newer studies have shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants.
However, the research appears to bear out some risks. High consumption of unfiltered coffee is associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels. And another study found that two or more cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific — and fairly common — genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body.
Heavy caffeine use — on the order of four to seven cups of coffee a day — can cause problems such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness, particularly in susceptible individuals.
So, like everything else, if I drink my coffee in moderation (which I do), I should be good. Ok, I’m happy again.. : )
“Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”