The Health Benefits of Coffee Good or Bad

It seems like there is always something good or bad in anything we consume, especially when it comes to drinks or food.  I am sure many will agree that there is nothing like waking up to the smell of a fresh brewed cup of coffee.

I personally like to grind up fresh roasted coffee beans and brew it in a one-cup French press. If you do a search on the internet you will find plenty of good things about coffee as well as bad, some get skewed a bit, then again some of the things about coffee might hold some truth.

Fresh Coffee Beans

Fresh Brewed Coffee Offers the Best Benefits

What we do know is that the fresher the coffee the better, in other words the beneficial effects from coffee are really only good if the coffee is freshly brewed.

The nutritional benefits in coffee begin to deteriorate after about 40 minutes of being brewed,  but the caffeine content in the coffee usually stays about the same, regardless of the time it has sit in the pot after brewing.

Some studies have shown the benefits of coffee are negligible, long term studies say something different.

In 2012 there were several studies done on coffee, one study was performed by the New England Jornal of Medicine which showed that effects of coffee on health where negligible or nonexistent, however the National Institute of Health performed their own studies 1 over a period of 22 years, which showed that there where positive health benefits of coffee consumption.

Coffee showed no real degree of cancer prevention or preventing future cancer growth, but it has been shown to help in the reduction of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, as well as Parkinson’s disease and type II diabetes.

The same study also showed a reduction in liver scarring due to alcohol consumption.

Other risks of coffee consumption include high blood pressure and higher cholesterol, then again this has a lot to do with the way coffee is brewed, fresh brewed coffee as I like mine in a French press, which has no filter to remove the oils contains about 100 mg of caffeine.  Fresh cup of coffee

Experts claim this type of brew does raise cholesterol levels. Regular brewed coffee contains about 80 mg of caffeine but the filter does filter out the oil from the coffee reducing the cholesterol levels.

Controversy of Caffeine in Coffee

There are people who will tell you that caffeine is a drug and it should be eliminated. They say too much caffeine can promote blindness, hypertension and more.

The truth is too much of anything can be harmful.

The idea is to be responsible and drink moderately. Plus, caffeine has a lot of health benefits that people often overlook.

Researchers have proven that coffee drinkers often decrease their risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. They are confident that there is a link between caffeine and the disease.

The only thing is they cannot give a clear scientific explanation as to why caffeine prevents Parkinson’s disease, they just know it does. In another study, caffeine has proven to reduce the effects of dementia by 65% from drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day. So, it is safe to say that caffeine does more good than bad.

In conclusion, coffee has many more positive effects than negative. Just drink it responsibly and enjoy the health benefits you receive from it.

References:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010
http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/june2012/06042012coffee.htm

  1. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-study-finds-coffee-drinkers-have-lower-risk-death
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Cynthia Conner

About Cynthia Conner

Cynthia is a contributing author to enatureguide.com her passion is health and weight loss. As someone who has struggled with her own weight issues.  Cynthia now shares her personal experiences from different dieting methods and reviews some of her favorite supplements that have helped keep her keep her weight under control.