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Where Would We Be Without Coffee?

Updated on June 12, 2018
I love my coffee.
I love my coffee. | Source

The benefits of coffee

The world is filled with coffee lovers. The aroma is heavenly and the taste is sheer ambrosia. Imagine how pleasantly surprised when I came across some articles that were praising coffee for it's health benefits. Now when I drink coffee I can focus on how I am doing a wonderful thing for my body.

There are a surprising number of studies that credit coffee for anything from lowering the risk of cancer to suppressing your appetite. How wonderful is it is that something that tastes so good has so many benefits?

Coffee and writing go hand and hand for me.
Coffee and writing go hand and hand for me. | Source

Risk lowering benefits

Parkinson's

Studies have shown that people who drink 6 or more cups of coffee a day lower their risk of Parkinson's disease by about 80%.

Colon Cancer

It has been reported that as little as 2 cups of coffee per day can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer by 25%.

Liver cirrhosis

Two cups or more will help lower you chance of developing cirrhosis of the liver by a huge 80%.

Gallstones

Two cups or more per day of coffee drop your risk of Gallstones by 50%.

Diabetes

Men who drink 6 or more cups a day lower their risk of developing diabetes by 54%. Women, on the other hand lower their risk by 30%.

Liver Damage/Heat Disease

People who smoke and drink heavily seem to also benefit from drinking coffee. By drinking 6 or more cups of coffee a day they seem to show less signs of heart disease and liver damages than those who do not drink coffee.

Bonus

There is also evidence that coffee may lessen a headache, lift your mood, help manage asthma and prevent cavities.

Coffee break time
Coffee break time | Source

Pros and Cons of Coffee

With all of the praise coffee is beginning to receive I am sure you are wondering what happened to all the bad effects we have been hearing about for years. Well, some of the are still there.

The caffeine content can raise cholesterol level in some people. It can also cause rapid heartbeat, nervousness and trembling hands. And last but not least it may contribute to the clogging of arteries.

While all of these things are undesirable there is good news. Studies show there are more good benefits than bad. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants. Its also has been shown that children who drink a cup of coffee with milk each day are less likely to be depressed than children who do not.

All in all, to me I say bring on the coffee. Finally, something that I love is said to be good for me.


Pros:

  • filled with antioxidants
  • can improve memory
  • may deduce risk of Alzheimer
  • can help open airways
  • may help prevent stokes
  • great stimulant
  • cuts the risk of suicide
  • speeds up reaction times
  • lowers the risk of oral cancer
  • can help prevent prostate cancer
  • improved mental performance


Cons:

  • may increase heart disease
  • may cause incontinence in woman
  • may elevate bad cholesterol
  • can cause irregular heartbeats
  • may cause unfavorable effects on blood pressure
  • may reduce fertility in women
  • Increases blood sugar levels
  • can trigger heartburn
  • causes bad breath
  • inhibits collagen production in skin
  • interacts with some medications


Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.

~Jessi Lane Adams~

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© 2009 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hawaiianodysseus, I know what you mean. I can't seem to get going in the morning without my coffee.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      My hub productivity (and perhaps even success) appears to be directly proportional to my fidelity to that daily cup or more of Joe. It's wonderful, therefore, to have discovered your most informative Hub. Thank you, Koffee Klatch Girls.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      evvy, I love coffee - I am so glad it has some good qualities. The headache relief is because of the caffeine. I know it's gotten rid of many a headache for me.

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      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      Love coffee but now that it's cold I have to make a bigger pot for two people. I knew that it reduced the risk of colon cancer but didn't know that it can help reduce headaches. Thanks!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jewels, I had no idea. It makes me think that there must be many combinations of food and drink that can effect the liver in a similar way. Afterall, some of of eat and drink the craziest things together. Thanks for the information.

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      Jewels 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Basically - the coffee is bitter and the milk is calming. When the combination hits the digestive system, liver etc., it creates confusion. The liver is not sure how to process it and so is creates chaos in our brain chemistry - like a chaos principle. The liver will act differently if it is given lemon as opposed to milk. Combine the two and the liver wants to know what you want to do? It has to work harder. If the liver is sluggish which if you have too much processed foods in the diet, it most likely is, the liver is most likely to become inactive due to over-work. Maybe it goes out on strike!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jewels, it's true you need to use moderation with everything. I wonder why the combination of milk and coffee makes your body go slightly haywire.

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      Jewels 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Black coffee is good for you in moderate doses. The liver is stimulated by bitter taste. Unfortunately when you mix coffee with milk there is confusion within the body and the brain chemistry starts going a bit skewed. In Ayurveda medicine we have a stimulant with a calming substance (milk) which creates chaos (moodiness). Drinking large doses of coffee which is an American trait exacerbated by Starbucks is not good for your health.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      2patricias, I have to do all of my coffee drinking before dinner or I am up with the owls in the evening. I love my coffee but it doesn't love me in the PM.

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      2patricias 

      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Both of us love coffee! It is such a blessing to find out that something that tastes good actually has some health benefits.

      The only draw back is that neither of us can drink it in the evening, at least not if we want to sleep at night.

      Our compensation is to drink a lot of coffee every morning.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I've been hearing more and more about the health benefits of coffee. It was even on the news today. I love my coffee. Thanks for stopping by Kathleen. It is great not to have to feel guilty about drinking coffee.

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      Kathleen Staley 

      8 years ago

      This is great news to me, too! When my coffee maker broke I decided I needed to cut back anyway, so I bought a MUCH smaller one. Of course, it's just inconvienient now, as I'm just having to prepare coffee more often...cuting back didn't actually happen. Now I don't have to feel guilty about it!!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for the info. There is a lot more to coffee than most people know.

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      Single Serve Coffee Makers 

      8 years ago

      Coffee has medicinal value which very few people know. People with low BP are asked to have as many cups of coffee as they can.

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