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Coffee Health Facts: What is Good and What is Not?
Thursday, 10 January 2008

Coffee is my favorite beverage. I really love it.

“Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.” ~Drew Sirtors

The morning is not the morning without hot coffee cup and delicious coffee aroma! But is coffee as good to the health as it is to the taste? There are a lot of different facts about health hazard of coffee. But I believe that there are some health benefits! I decided to rehabilitate its reputation! So what is good and what is not about coffee?

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Let’s see some scientific facts about caffeine:

Caffeine is a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. It can also be produced synthetically and used as an additive in food products. It is a central nervous system stimulant and a diuretic. Caffeine is absorbed and distributed very quickly. After absorption, it passes into the brain. Caffeine does not accumulate in the bloodstream nor is it stored in the body. It is excreted in the urine many hours after it has been consumed. Caffeine will not reduce the effects of alcohol, although many people still believe a cup of coffee will "sober-up" an intoxicated person. Caffeine may be used as a treatment for migraine headaches and in relieving, for a short time, fatigue or drowsiness. Excessive caffeine intake can lead to a fast heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, anxiety, depression, tremors, and difficulty sleeping.

Moderate caffeine intake, however, is not associated with any health risk. Three 8 oz. cups of coffee (about 250 milligrams of caffeine) per day is considered an average or moderate amount of caffeine.

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What about coffee addiction? Recent research suggests that drinking some amount of coffee each day can result in addiction. Coffee addiction can hurt you in more ways than one. Caffeine is a drug and your body will adjust to it. Coffee addiction can cause loss of sleep, depression, chronic headaches, increased blood pressure and blood sugar, and more. But here is the good news.

If you decide to quite caffeine and kick your coffee addiction for good, then the withdrawal symptoms generally last only between seven and nine days.

But if you do not overdose coffee you can see some benefits. I have found much more benefits. So what are they?

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Drinking more coffee may reduce the risk of developing the most common form of diabetes, which by the way can be easily curbed with good eating habits like those found in programs like the famous Nutrisystem diet plan where the aim is to even blood sugar levels out rather than the spike and troughs most people experience throughout any normal day.

Drinking coffee appears to lower the risk of developing skin cancer. The caffeine and exercise seemingly work together in killing off pre-cancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UVB-rays. So if you like coffee and take a little exercise as well, it sounds like you’ll be protected.

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Scientists have conducted a study which suggests you can go a long way towards preventing Alzheimer's disease simply by drinking five cups of coffee a day.

Coffee reduces risk of death from liver disease. Nobody is suggesting that coffee will cure you of liver disease, not now or in the future. But it’s reassuring to know that the brew we enjoy so much has some very healthy attributes.

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Antioxidants in coffee are the number one source of antioxidants. Fruits like dates, cranberries and grapes are high in antioxidants, and pack plenty of other benefits in terms of vitamins and minerals. It’s not that antioxidants in coffee come in the highest concentrations when compared with other natural sources. The key is that we simple consume more coffee than any other source of antioxidants :)

Drinking coffee can reduce the muscle pain you feel after a workout.

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You increase your brain power with coffee every morning when you first get up. And when our concentration and focus begin to flag at work, we take a coffee break and perk ourselves up again with another cup. We all know that coffee is a mild and natural neural stimulant, and don’t need scientists to tell us this. Recent research has uncovered additional stimulating effects of coffee which are not related to its caffeine content. Coffee contains an as yet unknown chemical agent which stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline, two stimulating hormones.

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It seems that coffee is a health drink with some pretty amazing properties. But you should know the limit. The coffee is not an exception here! Be a coffee-drinking individual - espresso yourself! Find your benefits and enjoy this marvelous drink but do not overuse it :)

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