4 Proven Health Benefits and Disadvantages of Coffee

You would be surprised to know that 90 percent of the people consume caffeine in some or the other way regularly. Recent studies indicate that coffee may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain kinds of cancers, boost your memory and concentration, and lower the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. That’s because like every other seed even coffee seeds are loaded with protective compounds.

Caffeine is a mild stimulant, which can react with some common medications and worsen anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heartburn. 300 mg is considered to be the limit for caffeine consumption in a day, so it would be great if the products had a label for the amount of caffeine in them.

Here’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages of coffee:

Advantages of Coffee

There are a few people in your life who hate coffee or keep giving advice all the time about what’s bad for your health. Now, it’s your turn to tell them the good reasons to drink coffee-

  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart-related diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson’s disease, colorectal cancer risk, and type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces suicide risk and depression
  • Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48 percent
  • Increases the fiber intake  

Disadvantages of Coffee

  • Caffeine is a drug, but low to moderate doses are considered safe while it can even be an addiction and leaving it can trigger pounding headaches, fatigue, and mental fuzziness till the body adjusts. So, it’s better to have anything in the limit. An excess of anything can be dangerous.
  • It increases blood sugar and blood pressure levels, so if people have difficulty controlling diabetes and blood pressure, they should avoid coffee or any caffeine product.
  • Coffee increases anxiety resulting in disturbed sleep pattern, which leads to insomnia.
  • People on strong medication for thyroid, depression, and heartburn should definitely avoid coffee as it can have some chemical reactions damaging the health.

Coffee is highly acidic, irritates the gastrointestinal tract, and it relaxes your sphincter muscles, which normally keeps stomach acid from reaching near the esophagus. A study conducted by nutritionists showed that coffee drinkers have stronger integrity in their DNA since white blood cells of coffee drinkers have far less instance of spontaneous DNA breakage.

So, now it is your turn to decide whether coffee is good or bad for you.

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