The advent of coffee shops has led to so much awareness of, not only of coffee’e health benefits but also its side effects; after all, if you’re paying $3 – $5 for a mug of coffee almost everyday, you gotta know what’s in it and what it can do to your health.
As we all know, caffeine in coffe increases alertness by stimulating our nervous system, blood pressure and our body’s intestinal functions. You might have also seen TV commercials advertising that coffee is enriched with antioxidants that could protect us against free radicals. A lot has also been said about coffee’s positive effect on weight loss; its analgesic and cardioprotective properties and its ability to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.
I am a coffee addict, and I’m happy to hear all these about the drink that never fails to wake me up everyday. For me, everything taken in moderation would not really have a bad effect on our health (like wine and beer for example). But what exactly is moderate and when is it too much? If contradicting research results have you wondering if coffee is healthy or harmful, the answer is simple: it depends.
It would be difficult to make individual recommendations for safe coffee consumption because the ability of the body to process caffeine would vary from person to person. Coffee consumption may be a mix of the good and the bad: positive effects from antioxidants and other compounds, negative effects from caffeine.
When can you tell that it’s bad for you?
If you have gastritis, ulcer and colitis, coffee may not be good for you. Coffee can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal and it will worsen your condition. Coffee is known to trigger the secretion of stomach acids, resulting in bouts of indigestion and heartburn. With people that have a history of stomach problems, even decaffeinated coffee can lead to heartburn.
If you’re prone to palpitations, or if you have “coffee jitters”, a nervous condition that occurs when one has had too much caffeine, then cut down on coffee. Caffeine can over-stimulate the central nervous system causing anxiety. An overstimulated adrenal glands can decrease resistance to stress and can make you more susceptible to diseases.