Coffee and Health

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I live in a world fueled by coffee. As a non-coffee drinker, this can make me feel left out at times. Then again, I’ve always thrived off of being the outsider. The ritual of coffee drinking seems so foreign to me at times that I feel like an alien visiting another planet.

As much as I don’t care for coffee or caffeine, there’s no denying that there are some possible benefits to it that go beyond being a chemical stimulant. These other potential benefits of course aren’t the main reason countless people drink coffee the first thing in the morning. After all, when was the last time you heard an earthling say “I just have to drink coffee every morning to prevent liver disease!”? Here are some more possible benefits of coffee and/or caffeine: What are the health benefits of coffee?

That’s an impressive list, though it must be stressed that the evidence for the benefits of coffee is still mostly preliminary. Sometimes things get confusing when coffee and caffeine are conflated, though they are two different things. Some studies show coffee but not caffeine has health benefits, and vice versa.

For all its supposed miraculous benefits, there’s also the downside to caffeine, which is not surprising since it is, in essence, a stimulant drug. Sure, this extremely popular alkaloid is not in the same class as nicotine, or cocaine, but it can be problematic for many people, even if not consumed in excess. Here’s a great info-graphic from Healthline: The Effects of Caffeine on the Body

The negative effects aren’t that scary, but a lot of people could benefit from kicking their caffeine habits, or at least cutting down.

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5 responses to “Coffee and Health

  1. I am a ardent coffee drinker and yes they are not a healthy choice but I have had a habit for it since I was a kid , so kinda impossible to stop 😦 nice article 🙂

    btw do drop by , been a long time since I saw a new blog post by you

  2. How nice of you to drop by, Anu. I was really busy so that’s why I wasn’t posting.

    I didn’t mean to imply with this post that caffeine is unhealthy. Plenty of perfectly healthy people consume caffeinated beverages every day with no ill effect. However, everyone has their own unique biochemistry. Certain people(like me) are very sensitive to caffeine, and it may negatively effect their health as a result. Some people may drink too much, and would be better off just consuming caffeine in moderation.

    Unless you’re drinking too much coffee, it is unlikely it is ruining your health. At least you don’t smoke. I hope you’re doing great!

  3. I am a vegetarian but sometimes the rainy weather affects me so bad that I . really need caffeine or tannin.
    In sunny days I am full of energy but when it’s cloudy and sad atmosphere outside I really need some help. 🙂 In rest I am not a coffee drinker.
    Sometimes a cup of coffee or a glas of coca-cola can save ur life 🙂 … better than any chemical medicamentation.
    Can be a real help for those with low blood pressure.

  4. How nice of you to drop by, Adelina.

    A little coffee every now and then won’t hurt anyone. A lot of people are affected by the weather. If I lived where you live, maybe I would have to drink coffee. I wish the environment where you live would make me as artistic as you, but that’s very unlikely.

    Wishing you all the best.

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