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The Benefits of Coffee and Caffeine

Updated on December 28, 2012
Coffee with Caffeine
Coffee with Caffeine

Good News for Coffee Drinkers

Coffee with Caffeine

Some people may believe that coffee isn't good for their health but in moderation coffee can actually have its benefits and advantages.

Coffee contains caffeine which can make us more mentally alert. The caffeine stimulates the central nervous system which can combat fatigue and tiredness. Studies have shown that those who regularly drink coffee with caffeine score higher in IQ tests, concentrate better and are more effective when recalling information.

Coffee andAlzheimer's Disease

Evidence shows that drinking coffee which contains caffeine has a positive effect on the memory, and may prevent it to deteriorate. According to research, drinking three large cups of coffee a day can delay the chance of cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer's Disease. This is a form of dementia which affects short term memory and changes behavior and ability.

There has also been a link between caffeine and Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's disease affects the function of neurons and as caffeine normalises brain function, drinking coffee may be able to prevent this neurological degenerative disease as well.

Coffee can Prevent Cancer?

Caffeine is full of antioxidants called Polyphenols, which have health benefits and can even prevent certain types of cancer. These include prostate, neck, breast and head cancers and it is also said that caffeine can cut down the risk of liver cancer by almost half.

The other good news about drinking moderate amounts of coffee include:

  • Easing muscle aches and pains after exercise and intense training. Just one or two cups after working out can help relax and restore muscles.
  • It is said that drinking coffee can lower the risks of developing type 2 diabetes. Caffeine has been found to prevent the development of high blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to insulin.
  • Coffee can be used as a laxative to those suffering from constipation.
  • Drinking coffee can help reduce headaches and also improve concentration.

There have been many other claims to the benefits of drinking coffee such as helping depression, lowering the risk of stroke, and gallstone disease. For coffee lovers, this is all good to hear. But there are downsides too, such as high blood pressure and anxiety.

Keep it balanced, and enjoy your cuppa - guilt free!

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi molometer - it is nice to hear something good about coffee, especially as I am a coffee lover.

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good to hear that coffee is good for us.

      I love espresso.

      Nice to hear good news for a change, about coffee.

      Voted up interesting and useful. SHARING socially.

    • Emma Harvey profile image
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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I know :)

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      Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

      Yummy!

    • Emma Harvey profile image
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      Emma Harvey 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      That's my next hub ;)

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      Jeff Venables 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I look forward to a piece on the benefits of wine and alcohol! ; )

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      wmseo 6 years ago from Canada

      Coffee in the morning and then couple cups of green tea during the day - the best combination of our health!

    • Emma Harvey profile image
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      Emma Harvey 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      As a coffee lover myself, it certainly makes me feel less guilty each time I put the kettle on :)

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      Jeff Venables 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      What a delight to find notification of this in my inbox this weary morning! Thanks.

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      Catherine Dean 6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I am insulin resistant, so I am glad to hear that coffee can fight that! I am trying to consume foods that fight my disorder and coffee is one of my favorites. Thanks, I voted up.

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Hooray for coffee! I can't love without the stuff. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      itsmonkeyboy 6 years ago from London, UK

      Very informative article on coffee, I didn't really realize there were good benefits such as above. I'll bear those in mind, in moderation of course!