Hi everyone! If you’re anything like me, you can’t get your day started without that first cup of coffee in the morning. But what if everyone around you keeps warning you about the “dangers” for your health due to coffee?
Personally, I don’t really care about what others say, as long as it’s not my doctor who’s warning me. If you do care though, let’s see what research has found about the health effects of coffee.
The debate rages about the effects that coffee drinking has on your health. It all depends on which report or study you read as to whether coffee drinking is good or bad for you.
Everybody seems to have an opinion, and, as with every debate, both camps are adamant that their opinion is the correct one.
The Health Effects Of Coffee?
There is one group that believes that drinking coffee is actually good for you. This group of people will tell you that coffee is a stimulant that actually increases your concentration and productivity.
They will tell you that drinking coffee “relieves boredom, decreases depression, increases alertness, increases physical stamina, and increases performance on boring or repetitive tasks.” That sounds like a list of good things to me!
Another thing to keep in consideration is that drinking coffee is often part of social situations. We drink coffee first thing in the morning for its stimulating effect, but then we drink coffee at other times of the day with friends or family. And we can all agree that social contact is a very important part of human health.
Then there is the group that says that coffee is addictive. And, according to them, ANY kind of addition is a bad thing and should be avoided at all costs.
This group also says that coffee is a stimulant and that it makes you nervous. It increases your heart rate, they say, and it also raises your blood pressure.
Coffee And Blood Pressure
While it is true that drinking a cup of coffee temporarily raises your blood pressure, your blood pressure will not remain elevated. At this point, almost all medical research suggests that there is no correlation between coffee drinking and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Coffee and Alzheimers
At this point there have been several studies about the relation between drinking coffee and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. The first known study of determining whether coffee drinking could prevent Alzheimer’s disease happened in Portugal in 2002.
The researchers set out to discover whether the caffeine in coffee could prevent or at least delay the degeneration of the brain. They chose 54 patients who already had Alzheimer’s disease for the study. The researchers discovered that the caffeine in coffee was a significant factor in reducing the onset of the disease as well as the progression of the disease.
Another study in Berlin failed to find that the caffeine in coffee prevented Alzheimer’s. However, it did establish the possibility of a link between caffeine consumption and overall neurological health.
The largest study about the relationship between drinking coffee and preventing Alzheimer’s happened in Canada. The Canadian Study of Health and Aging studied more than 6,000 people over the age of 65. It concluded that consuming coffee was a significant factor in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Granted, none of the studies to date firmly establish that coffee drinking can prevent Alzheimer’s disease altogether,. But there is enough positive information to warrant more studies be conducted in the future. Plus, it also hands some valuable ammunition to coffee drinkers around the world.
Coffee And Health Issues
Granted, some people should eliminate or at least limit the amount of caffeine that they consume. If your doctor tells you to lay off the coffee you should follow that advice, no matter what the research says.
So, the next time somebody tries to warn you about the health effects of coffee, don’t be discouraged. Just tell them that you are drinking coffee for the medicinal purpose of preventing Alzheimer’s disease. And you have the research to prove it.