Coffee The Good and The Bad

Coffee The Good

There have been literally thousands of studies done on the benefits or risks of coffee consumption. The latest study was done by Harvard researchers and they have found that drinking six or more cups of coffee daily reduced mens risk of developing diabetes by 54% and womens by 30 % over non coffee drinkers. This study was done using 126,000 people for as long as 18 years. This is good news to the millions of Americans who drink coffee on a daily basis. Thomas DePaulis PhD of Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies, which does its own studies on coffee and tracks coffee studies from around the world states," Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than harmful". There are six studies that show a reduced risk of Parkinson's by upwards of 80%, and three of those studies show the more coffee consumed in a day the lower the risk becomes. Other research shows that a minimum of 2 cups of coffee daily reduces the risk of colon cancer by 25 %, an 80% reduced risk of liver cirrhosis and almost 50% reduction in the risk for gallstone. Some research shows that coffee can also offset damage by other vices such as smoking. Dr. DePaulis also states, " People who smoke and are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume large amounts of coffee compared to those who don't". There is also some evidence that coffee may help control asthma, headaches, and boost your mood.

Coffee The Bad

It has been thought for many decades that coffee is bad for you. And most studies show that simply isn't true. However some people have a low tolerance for caffeine. In these people caffeine or coffee can increase nervousness, hand trembling, and cause rapid heartbeat. Coffee can also raise cholesterol in some people and may contribute to artery clogging. But most recent studies show that for healthy people coffee is a good thing. Those who should avoid or limit their coffee intake are pregnant women, heart patients, and those at risk for osteoporosis. There still seems to be more good than bad when consuming coffee.

What is it About Coffee that Makes it so Good

It is the caffeine in coffee that makes it so good for you. Coffee has 85 mg of caffeine and is full of antioxidants. Some studies show that it's the caffeine that reduces the risk of Parkinson's and there are drugs now being developed that contain a derivative of caffeine for use by Parkinson's patients. Caffeine is also widely used in medications for the treatment of headaches. Some over the counter headache medications contain up to 120 mg of caffeine. Caffeine also improves the performance of athletes by stimulating the brain and nervous system, helping the athlete to ignore fatigue. Caffeine may also have a direct effect on the muscles, giving the athlete more strength and endurance in certain activities. Because of these powerful enhancements to athletes until just recently the Olympic Games Committee deemed coffee and caffeine  a " controlled substance", and was only allowed in small designated amounts to competing athletes. 

What Does this All Mean

What this means is go ahead have a cup of coffee. If you are a healthy person and caffeine does not bother you, most likely a cup of coffee will do more good than harm. No need to feel guilty about wanting and having more coffee in your day. Personally I love my coffee and am on my 3rd cup, and if there is a chance of reducing some of the diseases that plague us humans, I for one am going to partake in the consumption of coffee. So go ahead fire up that coffee pot.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco

Six or MORe cups of coffee? Wow, I would be bouncing off the walls. Sounds like pretty good news for me though, I love my morning cup of jo. Nice hub. I'd like to see more about the effects on heart rate, hypertension, and hydration levels. I've recently heard that coffee doesn't dehydrate you as much as they once believed but I've yet to see the clinical evidence.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Yes 6 cups amazing isn't it?? I can easily do that. Thanks for your comments. I will have to see about those stats.


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Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

Great info - so glad to hear it!! When all the bad reports about coffee came out years ago - I quit drinking it - but now I can't live without it - I'm just now finishing my fifth cup.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Yea makes me happy too Patti, I am on my 4th right behind you.


Denno66 6 years ago

I top out at four cups, thanks! :) I know another benefit: Staying awake while you're driving? :) Great hub and thank you. :-)


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks for your comment, yes it could keep you awake but I can drink coffee all day and still sleep like a baby.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

oooooooooooooo I love this hub! I'm gonna use it to show some people that I can have my coffee and drink it too!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks for your kind words Duchess, and yes I was told so many times not to drink coffee so much, was hard for me to cut down, I love it so. Now we have a good reason to drink more. Wonderful isn't it?


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Yup, passed this one on!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks so much Duchess so very kind of you.


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Thanks fish, I really enjoy my coffee, lot's have been written about it good and bad as you say. This is the latest on Google news

http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday...

Thanks for sharing, I'm going to go have a cup of joe now. K.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thank you for your nice comments K, I am having a cup right now as well.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Both of us Patricias LOVE coffee. We believe it speeds up our metabolism and helps to keep our weight at healthy level. The downside is that if Tricia drinks too much coffee she begins to feel 'stressy' and if Pat drinks it too late in the day she can't sleep.

So our general strategy is to restrict coffee intake to the hours of 7 am to about 2pm. Some days that stretches to 3pm


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Yea I love knowing that it's actually good for me.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

Oh wow! That's great. I love coffee. Thanks for the heads up!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

You are very much welcome Izzy. I think I will have a cup right now.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada

This is a super fantastic hub. I learned a lot that I never would have imagined.

Your hub is now on my blog and I hope it gets a lot of good reads there

Cheers

Dale


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William R. Wilson 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Found this through Dale's blog. I sure hope coffee is good for me, I am stone cold addicted! :)


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

That's what all the studies are saying William, I love my coffee too, gotta have it. Yea right now me thinks. Thanks for the nice comments.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thank you so much Dale, I am honored. I am going to look right now.


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vox vocis 6 years ago

I used to drink five to six coffees before, but it was more harmful than helpful. Still, love the smell and taste of coffee, so I have one or two in a day. I should avoid this amount too as I experience gastritis problems, and in this case coffee is really bad.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Yup some people can't tolerate it, but for me I love it and it's good for me according to the experts. Going to have a cup now lol. Thanks so much for reading my hub Vox Vocis.


swest 5 years ago

I love my coffee too Fishtiger58 and have a wonderful expresso machine that gives excellent coffee. Unfortunately I had to stop as it elevated by blood pressure readings. No problems though, have switched to decaff instead....miss the caffeine kick but at least don't have to give up the taste & the aroma of fresh coffee - nothing like it really!


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fishtiger58 5 years ago from Momence, Illinois Author

Thanks swest as long as it doesn't affect your health coffee is a good thing, but in your case at least the decaf is ok, I would die if I couldn't have my coffee.

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