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Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?

February 5, 2016

Is it good for you? Is it bad for you? It’s good and bad for you.
Is Coffee good or bad for you?

It’s Good!

A Dutch study found that people who drink two to four cups of coffee a day have a 20 percent lower risk of developing heart disease than those who drink no coffee.

It’s Bad! 

The caffeine in coffee increases the activity of catecholamines, which are stress hormones.
The activation of the stress system.

It’s Good!

According to a Finnish study, people in their 40s and 50s who drink between three and five cups of coffee per day have a 65 percent lower chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. (No such connection was found with tea.)

It’s Bad!

Caffeine stimulates the production of cortisol, which leads to general inflammation.

It’s Good!

In a study of women by the Harvard School of Public Health, those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 25 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer, compared to women who drank no coffee.

It’s Bad!

Caffeine addiction decreases insulin sensitivity. Insulin is the hormone that processes carbohydrates and turns them into energy. Coffee makes it slightly harder for your body to process carbs.

It’s Good!
Fresh coffee beans -- Is coffee good or bad for you?

More than 1,000 different antioxidants (natural compounds that prevent diseases from taking root) have been isolated in unroasted coffee beans. A few hundred more develop during roasting.

It’s Bad!

Coffee is well known to cause stomachaches, and it can also lead to dysbiosis, or an imbalance of gut flora—the bacteria in your stomach that help digest food.

It’s Good!

The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study that found a decreased risk of cirrhosis among heavy drinkers who also drink coffee. Those who drank one cup regularly had 20 percent less risk. Those who drank four: 80 percent.

It’s Bad!

Coffee is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production. But when you excrete more urine, you also excrete more of minerals the body needs, particularly calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
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