Health & Wellness

Is Coffee Actually Bad for You?

Many of us rely on our daily fix of coffee to jump start our day. However, besides giving you an extra boost in energy, coffee can provide some benefits to your health. Coffee drinkers, this is for you.

Coffee’s Caffeinated Benefits

Coffee has been proven to have health benefits for various systems in your body, such as boosting your metabolism, keeping your mind sharp, and protecting your liver. However, the benefits don’t stop there. A moderate intake of coffee has been linked to potentially preventing certain illnesses.

Cancer. Coffee has been linked to decreasing the risk of certain cancers, specifically melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Due to its antioxidants, coffee can help fend off cell damage and increase vitamin B levels in your system.

Heart Disease. Those who suffer from inflammation due to heart disease or other factors may find this inflammation reduced because of the caffeine. Other substances found in coffee, such as omega-3 fatty acids, can ease inflammation and further help those with high blood pressure and stiff arteries.

It should be noted that coffee is not a principal or direct cure or preventive measure for any illness.

The Bittersweet Facts

With so many coffee shops creating new and interesting signature drinks, we can easily overlook the ingredients going into our orders. And with something delicious on every corner, the accessibility makes it easy to down more than a couple of cups a day. Although coffee and its contents have certain health benefits, there are other factors to consider before you take a sip:

  • Added creams, sugars, or syrups into drinks add an average of about 70 more calories per day into your diet.
  • Too many cups of coffee can cause anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and stomach irritation.
  • Drinking coffee can stain your teeth and temporarily soften your enamel. Use a straw or rinse with water after drinking if you’re concerned.
  • Growing children should stay away from coffee as it can interfere with bone development.
  • with heart rhythm problems are advised to reduce their daily intake of caffeine.

Drinking coffee in moderation is the best approach. Talk with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to drink coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Make an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group primary care physician today.

Sources:
Savor Your Coffee -- and a Bright Smile
Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too?
Could That Cup of Coffee Stop Skin Cancer?
When Counting Calories, Consider the Cream and Sugar
How Much Do You Know About Caffeine? - Quiz
Caffeine and Heart Rhythm: Moderation May Be OK

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