Is Coffee Good For You?
I sure hope so; I love it. Previous concerns about excessive coffee consumption contributing to high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, decreased bone density, and so on, may be less of a concern as we learn more about the health benefits of coffee.
Potential Pros for Healthy Adults Who Frequently Consume Filtered Coffee
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes & improved insulin sensitivity from regular or decaf joe (thanks to: chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, magnesium, trogonelline, & quinides)
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Elevated adiponectin levels (which helps regulate the metabolism of carb and fat, has an anti-inflammatory effect and is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular problems and obesity)
- Health benefits derived from coffee-initiated socialization – via meeting friends for coffee
- Lower risk for Parkinson’s Disease – especially for men or women not using HRT
- Anticarcinogen effect (thanks to: cafestol and kahweol – 2 diterpenes in unfiltered coffee)
Potential Cons of Drinking the Java
- Possible increase in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and homocysteine - if it’s non-filtered (boiled, French press, espresso)
- Anxiety could be exacerbated
- Reflux or heartburn may be aggravated
- Worsening of existing hypertension
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased risk for myocardial infarction in slow-caffeine metabolizers
- Increased risk for miscarriage with high intakes of caffeine during pregnancy
How Much Is OK?
Depending on the study or outcome measured, the amount of coffee that is considered a reasonable intake for the day can vary. Many studies suggest more than 4 cups a day to be a high intake. Keep in mind that a “cup” of coffee is consider 1 serving, which is about 6 oz. Most coffee cup are much larger than this, so having more than 4 “cups” a day is quite easy. A 24 oz coffee would be the equivalent of 4 servings of coffee. Pregnancy may be a different story. My personal recommendation is to avoid caffeine during pregnancy altogether. Perhaps it’s more restrictive than necessary, but I say better safe than sorry with a baby on board.
How much coffee do you drink per day?