Drinking coffee – what are the pros and cons
You must toast and grind the beans (seeds) of the coffee berry that grows on a tropical bush just for drinking a cup of this stimulating and delicious beverage.
Coffee is one of those special drinks you can enjoy at any time of the day. It’s also great to either start a conversation or just to drink it alone as a simple habit. You may not know it but drinking coffee is an act of pleasure for many people.
However, there’s controversy about whether it’s healthy or not. It may be that it can worsen some serious health conditions, as indicated by this study conducted by Universidad de Valladolid.
In today’s article, we’ll explore the most common arguments about whether it’s good or bad to drink coffee. In addition, we’ll explain everything in detail. What’s for sure is you must drink it in moderation.
Interesting facts about coffee
Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. There are claims that we consume at least four hundred billion cups of it every year.
Where is coffee consumption most frequent? The answer to this question is Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Coffee and analgesics
The relationship we can establish between coffee and pain relievers isn’t crazy. In fact, some people believe in its health benefits.
This is because mixing coffee with painkillers supposedly enhances the effects of the latter by about 40%. Thus, it would speed up the effect of the medication. However, there’s no scientific evidence to verify this claim.
We must be particularly wary of mixing coffee with other drugs, whether or not they’re analgesics. Consult your doctor beforehand to avoid any bad side effects.
The health benefits of drinking coffee
Some of the coffee’s properties make it an excellent way to prevent certain diseases. Let’s see how:
- Type 2 diabetes: Although coffee is a drink rich in magnesium and chromium, substances that stimulate the use of insulin by the body and regulate blood sugar, it’s still too early to talk about its supposed health benefits when it comes to this type of diabetes. At least according to this study carried out by the Hospital Universitario Carlos Haya in Malaga.
- Mental disorders: Drinking coffee regularly can make you 60% less likely to develop diseases or disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, according to this study by the Institute of Environmental Medicine in Sweden
- Constipation: You must respect coffee’s laxative properties. Its excess consumption may contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome, according to this study published by Association Española de Gastroenterología.
- Physical performance: The caffeine in coffee increases levels of adrenaline, this hormone prepares the body for significant physical exertion.
- Depression: according to research from Harvard University, caffeinated coffee is an antidepressive.
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Possible problems caused by drinking coffee
Despite the health benefits of coffee, its consumption can also lead to a series of “side effects.” Let’s see what they are:
- Headache: Excessive intake of coffee can cause headaches and even migraines. This as stated in this study conducted by the Health Services of the Universidad Catolica Pontifica of Peru.
- Gastrointestinal health: Coffee is an irritating drink and excessive consumption can lead to ulcers. It can also damage both the intestine and the stomach, according to the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Spain.
- Mood: It makes people more anxious and euphoric.
- It increases the risk of abortion: It’s better not to drink coffee during pregnancy as caffeine alters the hormonal levels of pregnant women. Thus, it puts her at serious risk of miscarriage. This according to the research conducted by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile.
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Although we previously talked about how good coffee is in the treatment of constipation, its excessive consumption can also lead to diarrhea, cramping, the aforementioned irritable bowel syndrome, and dyspepsia. So, always consume it in moderation.
Coffee and hallucinations
Hallucinations are another consequence of drinking too much coffee, according to this study conducted by the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia. These can either be visual (seeing things that aren’t really there), auditory (listening to imaginary sounds) or face-to-face (you sense the presence of someone who isn’t there).
Hallucinations usually happen after excessive consumption but nothing that bad happens when you drink it in moderation.
As you can see, moderate coffee consumption does have many health benefits. It’s only that you mustn’t drink too much of it. In addition, you must refrain from drinking it if you have stomach ulcers or are pregnant. This is because the coffee will do more harm than good in these and other situations.