Coffee has long been the subject of debate among scientists and nutritionists, with the popular beverage receiving its share of flak and praise. Let’s examine your daily cup of Joe to get a closer look at its benefits and glitches.

Pros:

  • Coffee beans are rich in plant chemicals and antioxidants that help maintain cellular health.
  • The caffeine content in coffee keeps you up and running. It increases blood flow in the body and boosts your mental and physical energy.
  • An American nutritional panel declared that drinking coffee could be good for your health. It’s linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • A new research in journal Clinical Cancer Research suggests that drinking just two cups of coffee a day can help inhibit the growth of tumors, and reduce the risk of recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles have uncovered that coffee possesses properties that may protect against Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to researchers from the University of Texas, men who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are better protected against dysfunction (ED).
  • Findings presented at the 2014 Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress in Glasgow report that everyday consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 20 percent.
  • Research also links coffee consumption to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Cons

  • The coffee plant is one of the most heavily sprayed crops coated with chemicals and pesticides that are harmful when ingested. Moreover, due to droughts in coffee-growing countries, the supplies are often mixed with all sorts of fillers in order to meet the shortage, that go undetected due to the dark color of coffee. Drink only organic coffee.
  • Caffeine causes fluctuation in blood sugar levels, leading to food cravings and thereby weight-gain.
  • Heavy coffee drinking is likely to degrade oral health. It stains your teeth and could leave you with bad breadth.
  • An overdose of caffeine could lead to dehydration, dizziness, and a racing heart.
  • Coffee leads to calcium deficiency in the body by excreting calcium in the urine. This can lead to weak bones and teeth, and even osteoporosis.

However—as is the case with any food or drink—moderation is key. It makes sense to consume an amount that works best for your body and health. [Also Read: Cold Brew Coffee Is Here To Stay]

If you find yourself unable to think or function without your morning cuppa, or get angry and upset if you don’t get coffee, it might be time to take a step back and slow down your coffee consumption. Follow these steps to reduce your coffee intake.

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A graduate in English Literature, Shruti comes with a gamut of experience in academic freelance writing and television journalism. A strong believer of holistic living, she has always followed the mantra of “a healthy body and a happy mind”. Naturally then, it wasn’t long before she found herself inclined towards wellness and lifestyle. She now writes on these subjects in a professional capacity at Z Living. Her inherent curiosity about healthy living makes her a connoisseur of all things natural, and motivates her to share the knowledge through her writing.