The Health Benefits of Coffee


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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)
  • Insomnia
  • 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?

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