Are there any health benefits of drinking coffee?


There have been many reports, studies and claims on the potential health benefits of coffee, but which of these reports are really authentic and can be taken seriously? Coffee has been touted as a healthy beverage due to its antioxidant content, but coffee contains hundreds of compounds and some might not be good for you, coffee has caffeine that is a nervous system stimulant and is generally avoided by people suffering with insomnia. Coffee does help to give you a kick in the morning, drinking coffee everyday is not as bad, but shouldn’t be regarded as a health drink, because it’s not really a healthy beverage.

More research is needed to justify the claim that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee everyday may reduce risk of heart disease, a study showed drinking coffee was associated with less calcium buildup in the arteries that leads to plaque formation and inflammation. But there are studies that link coffee consumption to elevated blood pressure, therefore, there are always contradicting studies regarding this. A recent Harvard study showed that drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes up to 33%, but more and more research is needed to back this claim.

Generally, most coffee drinkers add flavors, creams, milk and sugar into their coffee that doesn’t make it a healthy beverage, even having a decaffeinated version of coffee doesn’t make it a healthy drink. If you want your coffee to be slightly healthy or are struggling to lose weight you should not add whipped creams, sugar and flavors in it. Significant focus on coffee research is given on mental health, there are studies suggesting coffee may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the degeneration of brain cells; neurons.

Drinking coffee can temporarily elevate or improve mood, but in excess can cause anxiety, eventually leading to depression.

People with high blood pressure and cholesterol are generally advised to not drink coffee, coffee does tend to disrupt sleep and one should not drink it at least 6 hours before going to bed to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Some people experience with jitters and insomniac symptoms after drinking coffee, so symptoms of coffee can go down to genetics as well, some people tolerate it well, some can’t. Basically, one should consume coffee in moderation, and if you feel adverse symptoms after having a cup, such as nervousness, jitters, insomnia, you should steer clear of drinking it at all.