The Pros of Drinking Coffee
Recent studies have found that:
- Coffee may help protect you against Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Type-2 Diabetes.
- The caffeine in coffee helps improve brain function and mood.
- Caffeine can also help boost your metabolic rate, in turn helping you burn fat easier.
- Coffee contains essential nutrients, such as manganese, potassium, magnesium, niacin and riboflavin.
- Coffee drinkers seem to have a lower risk of liver and colorectal cancers and are at a lower risk for stroke.
- Coffee contains antioxidants, which help keep cell-damaging free-radicals at bay.
- Drinking coffee may lower your risk for liver disease.
Everything in Moderation
Even though drinking coffee carries several health benefits, it’s important to remember that not all coffee drinks are equal. Giant sugary drinks filled with whipped cream and caramel are not exactly the type of drink researchers used in studies to determine if coffee is healthy for you.
While plain black coffee doesn’t add a lot of points to your calorie count, many people add sugar, milk and other flavorings to their morning drink that can seriously add up in the fat and calorie department.
Also, take note that one study found that coffee can contribute to mild elevations in cholesterol levels. Other studies suggest that drinking more than two cups of coffee per day can potentially increase the risk of heart disease in people whose bodies metabolize caffeine slowly.
While coffee isn’t likely to kill you, remember that you shouldn’t drink coffee exclusively. Make sure to mix it up with some juice or water. As with many things, moderation is the key!
Dr. Puja Sehgal is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She works with patients to give them knowledge regarding prevention and management of illness. She develops relationships with her patients by customizing their treatment based on their beliefs and cultural practices.