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Health Effects of Coffee

Have you heard that coffee is good for your health? Have you also heard that it’s bad for your health? There is a lot of uncertainty about the effects on your health from drinking coffee. Through this article, we’ll explore where coffee comes from, how coffee can be good for you, how coffee can be bad for you, and most importantly, how to safely enjoy coffee. Before we dive in, it’s important to note that all references about coffee are referring to it in its pure black form, without additives, milk, sugar, or anything else. 

Origin of Coffee

Coffee beans come from all over the world and there are different classifications of coffee beans. There are four main coffee plants that produce a different type of coffee. The coffee beans come from the fruit that grows on the coffee plants. Those beans are essentially harvested year-round, depending on the region. After harvest, they are roasted and either stay as whole beans or are grinded down, ready to be brewed. Coffee beans are naturally caffeinated. How much caffeine per bean varies depending on the type of bean. In order to have decaffeinated coffee, the caffeine must be removed before roasting the beans by swelling them with water and extracting the caffeine. The coffee is then exported to the U.S. for us to enjoy every morning.

Health Benefits of Coffee

The first benefit is an obvious one, coffee gives you energy. Not everyone can wake up feeling awake and refreshed so coffee is a great way to get a natural boost of energy. It is also full of antioxidants and essential nutrients. Coffee is linked to longer living and a healthier lifestyle as it reduces the risk of certain diseases and cancers including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and liver and colon cancer. That being said, there is a limit on how much coffee you should drink a day, which we’ll cover later in this article. 

Health Concerns of Coffee

While there are many positive effects of coffee, there are also a few things to be cautious of when consuming it. Since caffeine makes you more energetic, it can also temporarily raise your blood pressure, make you feel jittery or uneasy, and can cause a period of anxiety or depression. While it is a controlled stimulant, caffeine can be addicting and your body can get used to its consumption. Suddenly decreasing your caffeine intake can instigate some withdrawal effects such as moodiness, headaches, tiredness and nausea. 

How to consume coffee safely

For most, coffee is a part of their daily routine. By drinking coffee in moderation, you can take advantage of its health benefits; however, abusing caffeine can leave you with some serious side effects. It is recommended to drink no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, that equates to about 4-5 cups of coffee. If you are pregnant, you shouldn’t have more than 200 milligrams, or about 1-2 cups of coffee each day. When preparing your cup of coffee, be mindful of how much caffeine you’re consuming, if you have any health conditions that coffee could affect, and what time of day you’re drinking caffeine. Also, to keep a healthy diet, try to limit the amount of sugar or processed creamers you are adding to your coffee. The best way to enjoy coffee and its health benefits, is to drink it in its purest form. 

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