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Coffee- A cup of confusion

Coffee- A cup of confusion

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Many people do drink a cup of coffee occasionally, but before drinking it, they preface it by saying that they are not a coffee addict , but enjoy a cup once a way. So Is coffee a friend or a foe?.

The concern about the possible health risks of drinking coffee, being one side of the coin and the modern theory and reports of Coffee’s protective effects being the other. This  leaves many coffee drinkers thinking and confused. And so, what is wrong in calling coffee a cup of confusion.?

Here are some of the benefits of drinking coffee:-

  1. Laboratory studies suggest that the anti inflammatory and antioxidant compounds in coffee could help reduce the risk of some types of cancers.
  2. Coffee has a tendency to speed the passage of waste through the digestive tract. Potentially therefore, this property of coffee can lessen the time that cancer causing compounds spend in contact with the intestinal tract, which could thereby reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  3. Coffee has large amount of antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid and tocopherols,and minerals such as magnesium. These compounds are said to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism . So coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes.
  4. The Iowa woman’s Health study noted that 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day were linked with a 19% lower risk of heart-related death.But doctor’s advice is to be taken and followed.
  5. Coffee is said to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. It is said that new age Parkinson’s drugs are now being developed containing a derivative of caffeine.
  6. Coffee lifts the mood of one and cures headache,
  7. Caffeine enhances athletic endurance and performance.
  8. Coffee makes a person more alert,and boosts concentration.

Although the above points tell that coffee offers a variety of health benefits, let us not put all the above aspects on a high pedestal because:

  1. Medical conditions requiring the patient to limit or stop drinking coffee entirely.
  2. Coffee relaxes the muscle thus keeps stomach acids from raising into the throat, so those with heart burn or reflus disease(GERD) are encouraged to avoid or strictly limit coffee.
  3. people with sleeping trouble should limit or avoid caffeinated coffee.
  4. Excess dose of coffee can some times, more than what an individual can tolerate- can increase nervousness, hand trembling and cause rapid heart beat.
  5. Coffee can also raise cholesterol levels in some people and may contribute to artery clogging.
  6. On all the points above ,consult your family doctor. Ask his personalized advice for coffee drinking in case you are suffering from a health condition.

BEWARE that caffeine is addictive, be wise and limit yourself to 2 to 3 cups a day If you fancy a change from home, you can always  treat yourself to a long list of of delicious varieties at a good restaurant.