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Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:24

Is Coffee Good or Bad For You

The rich blend of aroma, flavour, and taste of coffee is so beckoning that none can resist the temptation of a strong hot cuppa first thing in the morning.

An instant energy booster this refreshing beverage helps recharge our batteries, awaken our sleepy brains and imparts the energy to kick-start the day with great aplomb.



Researchers, regarding its effect on health, though, have unveiled various finding. To figure out if drinking coffee if good or bad for health lets weigh its pros and cons.

Is Coffee Good or Bad For You

Benefits Of Coffee

Type 2 Diabetes

Rich in antioxidants, tocopherols and chlorogenic acid, coffee regulates blood sugar levels; improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.

Brain & Nervous System

Coffee helps stimulate the nervous system with a reduced risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. It also improves cognitive performance and keeps the mind alert.

Gall Bladder Disease

Coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of gallbladder disease and gallstones in men and women.


The chlorogenic acid in coffee prevents onset of liver diseases. Studies have linked reduced risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, (hepatocellular carcinoma) that normally develops for people already suffering from liver damage.


The antioxidant substances in coffee such as melanoidins and chlorogenic acid prevent oxidative stress and the phytoestrogens and flavonoids, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumours. Hence, coffee has the ability to prevent cancers of the colon, liver, prostate, breast, endometrial and ovaries.

Cardiovascular Health

Coffee protects the heart as well. Regular consumption of coffee reduces risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and arrhythmia.

Anti Aging Properties

A cup of coffee everyday can retain the fountain of youth. Due to its high levels of caffeine and antioxidants, it helps repairs damaged cells and prevents premature aging of the cells.

Oral Health

With its anti adhesive properties, coffee prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Its antibacterial properties coffee fights cavities and tooth decay.


A steaming cup of hot coffee enables easier breathing by opening up the airways.

Weight Loss

Coffee can improve metabolism and help burn calories provided a balanced lifestyle be followed. A cup of coffee before a workout can be refreshing and keep the mind alert helping with better focus for working harder and longer, which would make you lose weight.

Diuretic and Laxative

Coffee stimulates the bowels and prevents constipation. Caffeine acts as a diuretic since the production of urine is the same as with water.

Contraindications Of Coffee

Heart Health

Coffee consumption can cause disturbances in the heart rhythm called cardiac arrthythmias. Studies linking consumption of coffee to increased risk of cardiovascular disease has been controversial.

Kahweol cafestol and diterpenes substances in caffeine have a tendency to increase the risk, because a lower risk was found among moderate coffee drinkers. Consumption of coffee has also been correlated to an increase of plasma homocysteine, a major risk factor for heart disease.

Coffee contains cafestol and kahweol, two cholesterol-raising compounds, which elevate the LDL cholesterol in the blood levels. Recent research suggests that drinking coffee can elevate blood pressure; therefore, it is advisable for hypertensive people to drink coffee in moderation.


A cup of coffee is likely to elicit heartburn.


Coffee intake can induce urinary calcium excretion. However, coffee may be avoided by people at a risk of osteoporosis, and with low calcium intake.


Research shows that excess coffee intake during pregnancy may increase chances of miscarriage and impaired foetal growth.


Since coffee interferes with the absorption of iron, it often leads to anaemia in women and children.


Caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant therefore a cup of coffee in the evening can lead to sleep disturbances.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Trying to give up coffee can lead to body aches, irritability, and headaches. Hence, considering the positive and negative aspects of coffee, it would be wise to take this cup of confusion in moderation, based on personal health profile.


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