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The Health Benefits of Coffee

Allie Vanhyfte
Allie Vanhyfte
 

I think we all have heard both sides of the story. “Drink coffee” or “Don’t drink coffee” and it seems like the research is changing all the time. So what’s the real story? After extensive research on the newest studies, I think I have found the answer (for now).

In their article, ‘A Little Coffee May Be Good — Dare We Say Healthy? — For Body And Brain’, Forbes did a study that was done in February 2014 of the effects of caffeine, not just coffee, and the activity of the brain. We all know that coffee makes us more productive for the day, but what about over time? Is it damaging? Forbes says no and that caffeine actually boosts brainpower and memory over time. “It may wire you up in the short term, but over the long term, coffee also appears to offer some brain-protective benefits”. This statement is referring to the brain protecting itself from diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s.

Secondly, coffee is found to be good for your heart. It may speed up your heart rate a bit, but over the long run, it does not appear to be linked to heart disease. “A recent Harvard study showed that 2 cups per day was actually linked to reduced the risk of heart disease…” However, drinking more than 6 cups a day actually increases the risk. We’ve always heard that caffeine is just not good for the heart, contrary to that, in low doses caffeine is “healthy” .

I think we’ve all heard over and over again that coffee dehydrates you. Well, rest assured that your 3 cups of coffee per day is actually NOT dehydrating you. Relief, right? “…although caffeine itself can act as a diuretic, the amount in coffee is not enough to dehydrate you.” I don’t know about you, but this is music to my ears.

Lastly, coffee is good for your happiness level. Studies have found that coffee is linked to lower risk of depression and suicide. “Researchers say it may be because of the mild boost caffeine gives to neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which both play roles in mood.” This is good news for us northerners who have exposure to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) because maybe we just need to drink a cup of coffee!

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Well, I hope this was helpful to all of you! I know that there has been a lot of back and forth research about this, but this is the newest research on coffee consumption and hopefully it also justifies the 3+ cups of coffee you drink a day. I know it did for me!

If you would like to read the whole article, you can find it here

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