Coffee and Health: Surprising Answers from Medical Research

Over the years there have been many scientific studies conducted about drinking coffee and health related effects.

There have often been conflicting conclusions and suggestions about the negative and positive benefits for coffee drinkers.

Common Questions Asked About Coffee and Health

Here are some of the most common questions asked by coffee drinkers and the surprising answers from today’s medical community.

Q: Do coffee drinkers have a higher chance of developing some forms of cancer?

A: According to a 22 year study at the Harvard School of Public Health, it was found that the cumulative benefits and risks associated with drinking coffee was definitely on the side of benefits for coffee drinkers.

Coffee contains antioxidants that can prevent free radicals from damaging cells in the body which can lead to cancer.

You can also bypass the cancer-causing, harmful chemical contaminants that are used in standard farming and processing if you always drink certified organic coffee.

Q: What are some positive health benefits to drinking coffee?

A: Some studies suggest that the risks of Parkinson’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver, Alzheimer’s and heart disease may be reduced by the daily intake of coffee.

Drinking about 4 cups of coffee has also been proven to cut the risk of stroke by 20%, especially in women.

Dementia and Type 2 Diabetes have also been shown to respond to the intake of coffee. Studies suggest that drinking coffee can help prevent many different chronic diseases.

Q: Are there any negatives to drinking coffee everyday?

A: Those who have acid reflux or other gasterointestinal problems may not tolerate coffee well. Older people who do not have good liver function also do not tolerate coffee.

Drinking coffee can lead to iron deficiency in both mothers and their infancts since the elements in coffee can block the proper absorption of iron supplements.

There is the minor side effect that some people do not like such as increased jitters from caffeine after drinking a cup of the brew. It can also disturb sleep especially if ingested too close to bedtime.

Those who drink the beverage can also experience a moderate withdrawal to caffeine if daily consumption is suddenly stopped.

Q: What is the recommended amount to drink?

A: One study showed that a moderate amount of the beverage ranging from 3-5 cups a day was sufficient to help prevent some diseases. Other suggestions are made that it’s ok to drink up to 10 cups a day.

When it comes to coffee and health, moderation is usually best and it’s always good to be aware of any negative side affects that you may experience by drinking various amounts.

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