Drinking coffee – pros and cons from a medical perspective

Joanna SochanAdrenal fatigue/ stress, Healthy lifestyle, Nutrition19 Comments

Coffee drinking - pros and cons

Coffee is in the news regularly and it seems the body of data suggests that it could be beneficial for a number of medical conditions is steadily growing. It’s an amazingly potent collection of biologically active compounds which have far reaching effects on the body. As such it needs to be perceived and respected as a potent drug.

Caffeine, the most widely known compound in coffee, only makes up a mere 1% to 2% of the bean. The other ingredients such as chlorogenic acids, caffeol, polyphenols, phytoestrogens and diterpenes are now being researched regarding their effects on health.

Highly regarded Medscape News published an excellent and extensively referenced summary of the potential medical benefits of coffee consumption (you can check it out opzioni binarie quanto si perde here although registration is required to view in full). In summary, the main health conditions/ body systems covered in the summary include:

  • browse around this site Cardiovascular system – despite potentially increasing blood pressure, coffee may lower the risk for coronary disease and protect against heart failure. In cited studies, moderate coffee intake was associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease as far out as 10 years, and new data suggests that an average of 2 cups a day protects against heart failure.
  • binära optioner isk Coffee consumption may cut stroke risk by as much as 25%. While its impact on stroke risk in those with cardiovascular disease is still in question, data presented at the European Meeting on Hypertension 2012 found that 1 to 3 cups a day may protect against ischemic stroke in the general population.
  • next page Cancer – according to recent data moderate to heavy coffee consumption (4-6 cups per day) can reduce the risk for numerous cancers. The benefits are thought to be at least partially due to its antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties.
  • http://bassc.org/member/2205/Ciara Morris Dementia and Parkinson’s disease – it’s clear that coffee temporarily affects cognition, many of us need it to get going in the morning! But new research also links it with more enduring effects on cognitive wellbeing including slowing the progression of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Discover More Here Depression – coffee drinkers reportedly have significantly decreased risk of developing depression. A 2011 study suggests that a boost in coffee consumption might also benefit our mental health: women who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day had a 15% decreased risk for depression compared with those who drank less than 1 cup per week. A 20% decreased risk was seen in those who drank 4 cups or more per day.
  • Click Here Liver disease – coffee has been reported to slow disease progression in alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatitis C and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The liver helps to break down coffee, but coffee might also protect the liver (in some cases).
  • It can also be beneficial for read review dry-eye syndrome, gout and in preventing MRSA infection. Coffee and hot tea consumption were found to be protective against one of the most concerning bugs, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Drawbacks and risks

As is often the case, with the benefits come the risks, and coffee consumption certainly has negative medical and psychiatric effects to consider. The Medscape CoffeeNews report mentions that besides the potential increase in blood pressure, coffee can incite or worsen anxiety, insomnia, tremor and potentially elevate glaucoma risk. Also, given the potential severity of symptoms, caffeine withdrawal syndrome is under consideration for classification as a type of mental disorder.

I would also add the following drawbacks:

It’s worth noting that the above evidence and cited studies didn’t specify the types and preparations of coffee used, naturally it makes a difference from the nutrition and symptoms points of view.

My take on drinking coffee

Although I also enjoy a cup of coffee now and then, I don’t consider it as food required for our health and wellbeing. While certain people may tolerate coffee and even enjoy some health benefits, it is evident that it is not for everyone. However, if you decide to keep drinking it have only good quality coffee and consider the following:

  • from this source Have organic coffee whenever possible – coffee crops are heavily sprayed and the pesticides remain in the coffee beans. Go for the free-trade varieties that are farmed using more traditional methods in developing countries (that way you can also help the farmers!).
  • Binary option system administration livelessons Have it between the meals – coffee speeds up the digestion and movement of food through the gut and thus decreases absorption of many nutrients as well as medications. Having coffee with or immediately after meals is most problematic.
  • binära optioner analyser Have black coffee (e.g. short or long black) rather than one with milk. Most supermarket milks are highly processed foods and, if not organic, they contain hormones, pesticides and preservatives which add to the body’s toxic load. If you can’t give up white coffee, use a small amount of cream instead (ideally organic).
  • Recommended Reading Have your coffee in glass or ceramic cups – take-away coffee sold in plastic containers has traces of plastics and other preservatives/coatings found inside the cups and released with the heat.
  • Coffee is dehydrating so you need to add an extra glass of water per coffee cup you consume per day.
  • Skip the sugar it adds up if you are having a few cups per day plus sugar will ruin any of the benefits discussed above by spiking your insulin levels contributing to insulin resistance.
  • If you have depleted adrenals and cortisol imbalances it’s imperative you stop drinking coffee during the treatment until they are fully restored.

Given the pros and cons mentioned above, further research is necessary to better assess and balance the potential benefits and drawbacks of coffee consumption. In the meantime you can test coffee’s benefits and/or drawbacks on yourself by, for example, taking a break from it for about 3-4 weeks and see how you feel!

What’s your view on this topic? Do you have any updates to add? Please comment below.

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19 Comments on “Drinking coffee – pros and cons from a medical perspective”

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  2. CoffeeMorning

    I love coffee and have for years, so it’s great that there are some health benefits. I usually stick to one cup a day; if I drink more than two cups, I can get too wired.

    1. Aldi coffee lover!

      That’s me to a T aswel!… The past year I have enjoyed just one a day at 10am. On the very rare occasion I will have another in the arvo, definitely no later than 4pm. As it makes me to ‘wired’ aswel!… I am a mum of 3 young boys and live on acerage, so my lifestyle is very full on. Especially this day and age with life being so fast forward as it is… I think it’s time I look at investing in a good quality coffee tho, at the moment we are absolutely loving Aldi coffee from their coffee machine. May have to say goodby to our Aldi coffee 😢

  3. mayank

    I am drinking 3-4 cup of coffee in a day is it good or not.. And please suggest brand of coffee that I can choose.

    1. Joanna Sochan

      It depends! If you’re in good health and don’t have any side effects from it such as sleep disturbances, headaches or feeling wired, then it may be OK. Make sure you choose organic coffee to avoid any traces of pesticides and chemicals used in growing and processing it.

  4. Mary Wilde

    New research has come to light that demonstrates another unexpected health benefits of coffee. This comprehensive study that lasted more than 18 years, and involved more than 70,000 women in the US, of age between 30 and 44, revealed an interesting fact: participants who had more than three cups of coffee a day, had a 15% reduced chance of tinnitus development. This number jumped up to 20% for the women that had more than four cups. Read more about this: http://www.hearlink.com.au/industry-news/could-coffee-help-fight-symptoms-tinnitus/

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Thank you Mary! Very interesting and worth trying for individuals who suffer from tinnitus. Looks like research on coffee is an active area of interest and we’ll, no doubt, see more updates as we go along. I’m happy to post your link here.

  5. Student@uni

    So is it worth drinking coffee?

    All aside, what would you say for students especially?

    When would be a good time to start drinking coffee?

    Which types of coffee should you completely avoid?

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Good questions, thank you Student!

      I’d say if you feeling energised and alert after drinking coffee and don’t have any health conditions, such as adrenal depletion, high blood pressure or gut problems, and you don’t get any side effects as mentioned in my post (e.g. sleep problems, anxiety, irritability etc), then you likely belong to the group of people who can enjoy drinking coffee and its benefits.

      What to avoid? Non-organic coffee varieties. Coffee crops are heavily sprayed with chemicals and pesticides and non-organic coffee beans are left with a residue that contributes to the toxic load of the body. So choose the best coffee you can get. Plus don’t drink it from plastic caps, use cups instead to avoid adding plastics and other chemicals to your coffee!

  6. Heather

    Aldi stock organic fair trade coffee ground beans. Keep coffee in the freezer as it goes rancid if it’s not freshly ground. Coffee also blocks iron absorption.

  7. Jeff Allen

    Great blog Joanna. Good to see common sense combined with some more in depth information.
    I’m always learning – it never seems to stop. Thank you!
    Cheers Jeff

  8. Bynemara

    Good stuff Joanna! I own a coffee estate and what I would say is that Coffee is good if we take in proper amount. You had mentioned things very clear in this article, cheers!

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