Ever Changing Coffee Debate: To Drink or Not to Drink

It seems as though the debate on the healthy aspects of coffee is constantly changing. One minute it is the healthiest drink on the planet, and the next minute you should never touch it again. It can be tough to keep up with the swing in medical advice. So what’s the truth? Should we enjoy our morning cup of joe guilt free? Or, should this be included on the do not drink list?

The Pros

A great many people claim that coffee has some very healthy benefits. Health care professionals and coffee connoisseurs alike claim that a little coffee does the body good. Some of the most commonly touted benefits include:

  • Antioxidants – This is a big word that often goes overlooked or misunderstood. These are simply components that help to protect and repair cells within the body. Many different kinds of nutrients serve as antioxidants in the body, and coffee contains enough to make it a beneficial choice for overall health.

  • Focus and Concentration – This is one of the most obvious and common reasons that people give for drinking coffee. Coffee is a stimulant that encourages cognitive function and enhances the ability to focus. For the many who lack adequate sleep or have trouble getting through the day, this can be a very useful benefit.

  • Type 2 Diabetes Prevention – Multiple studies have found coffee to be a factor in preventing type 2 diabetes, especially in middle aged women. Coffee helps to manage blood sugar levels, keeping it from spiking or falling too drastically, and thus preventing the development of this sort of diabetes.

The Cons

For as many people who claim coffee has positive implications for health, there are just as many who claim coffee has a negative impact. The disadvantages pose significant health risks, and for many these risks are enough to quit the habit completely. Some of the cons associated with drinking coffee include:

  • Risk of High Blood Pressure – If you already suffer from high blood pressure, coffee might not be the drink for you. The caffeine found in coffee constricts blood vessels, thus raising the risk for heightened blood pressure. Once or twice, this probably isn’t a problem, but researchers are unsure whether it poses a significant risk long term.

  • Osteoporosis – Women need to pay attention to this one. Coffee prevents proper absorption of calcium into the bones. While this can happen to any gender, women are more prone to suffer from this disease than men, and so need to pay special attention to their coffee intake and bone health.

  • Sleep Problems – Since coffee is a stimulant, it can disrupt sleep cycles for many people. When a person doesn’t get enough sleep, it can cause aches and pains, headaches, concentration problems, and many other unwanted symptoms. If you find that you have trouble sleeping, give up coffee and see what happens.

The Final Verdict

Though it is wise to know the good and the bad of this favorite drink, the real question remains: Should I drink it? The answer to this question is a personal one. Do your research, talk to your doctor, and pay attention to your own health. Every person reacts differently. While coffee disrupts my health, it doesn’t seem to affect my spouse in the slightest. So is coffee friend or foe? It depends, but with some basic knowledge and regular health checks, you can stop listening to the debate and determine for yourself.

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