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Is coffee good for health?

After reading Sir Pumpkin Longshanks’ Moka pot coffee visual recipe it only seems fair to talk about the health benefits of coffee.

Did you know that coffee is believed to have been discovered around 850 A.D. in Ethiopia by a goatherd who found that his goats seemed unusually cheerful after eating some bright red berries? And so coffee was discovered! Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage and drives a big percentage of international trade.

Enough said. Most of us cannot survive without our morning cuppa to kickstart our day – and  most of us drink several cups through the day.  So it is hardly surprising that the researchers got down to it to do their bit. After all, coffee did have a bad reputation featuring alongside other social habits such as drinking and smoking. Caffeine was actually believed to be bad for health. But all that has changed. Here are some solid reasons to grab that morning cuppa – no – mugga!

  • Good for your heart
  • Coffee reduces your risk for heart diseases because it eliminates excess lipids in the blood.
  • Controls asthma
  • Coffee controls asthma – it has been found that it can even prevent or treat an asthma attack in an emergency
  • Cuts your risk of diabetes by 50%
  • Reduces your risk of gout in men over 40
  • More than two cups of coffee each day can cut your risk of colon cancer by 25% and reduces your risk of other types of cancers as well.
  • When you drink two cups of coffee a day, your chances of developing gallstones are down 50%
  • Because of coffee’s caffeine content, the effect of painkillers is enhanced – particularly if you suffer from migraine.
  • When you drink two cups of coffee a day, your chances of developing liver cirrhosis is down 80%
  • Coffee drinkers have fewer chances of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Coffee has a substance called Trigonelline that prevents cavities and reduces plaque formation in your teeth
  • Coffee prevents constipation

Hmm. That’s the good news.

But when you overdose on coffee – like too much of anything that is good – coffee can also mess you up.   Here’s what you can expect:

  • Indigestion, skin rash, acidity
  • Rise in cholesterol levels (which means cardiovascular problems)
  • For women, Infertility, miscarriages and low birth weight for their babies
  • Too much caffeine can stress your kidneys out and develop kidney stones
  • Coffee can make you nervous, anxious and cause trembling because of its effect on the central nervous system. This tires out the adrenal glands, bringing down your ability to handle stress and affecting your health
  • Interestingly, too much coffee can put you at risk for developing stretch marks.
  • Finally, if you are addicted to coffee and decide to quit, you can suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to fatigue, severe headaches, an energy drain and lack of focus.

Thus – stick to a max of three cups a day. And am not talking about my kaapi “tumbler” which takes 3 cups of coffee. One cup = about 200 ml. No more.

And enjoy the health benefits it has to offer!

0 11 January, 2011 Health January 11, 2011

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23 comments

  1. Pranjal

    his effectively means i’ve been taking way too much coffee for my own good. going at the rate of 7-8 cups a day :(

  2. AK

    Coffee is good for asthmatic? I am an asthmatic patient. Used to avoid tea since they say it is not advisable. Will try controlled measure of coffee intake. Thanks for the information. You got a great series and its a pleasure reading it.

    1. Vidya Sury

      AK, my mother suffered from lung fibrosis too. And she’d insist that a 100 ml of coffee made her feel much better. :-) Her doctor okay-ed it for asthmatics too. But as I mentioned in the article – small doses.

      1. Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

        Yes but I find that I need to poo quite often with coffee. I hence avoid coffee or any drink that has coffee on days that include a long flight.

  3. Rama

    Thanks Vidya – i enjoy reading your informative blogs but this is the first time i am responding. as they say, no news is good news, and i couldn’t stop myself this time…

    I have been a moderate coffee drinker since I don’t know when. I have been having asthma for most of this bumpy ride.

    Coffee controlling asthma? i would not agree with that.
    do I still drink coffee? of course.
    i used to drink 3 glasses (dawara/glass set!) in my School/College days. now i drink 4 cuppas a day on weekdays – i drink coffee only in office – at home i have a single tea in da morning.

    i won’t advise asthmatics to cruise the coffee way. take it if u like it. but don’t expect any miracle cures.

  4. Vidya Sury

    Rama – good point. Experience always tells. Moreover, these “reliefs” vary from individual to individual. Often doctors can never figure out what irritates a person’s constitution and what doesn’t. Specialists invariably tell you to go ahead and do what feels good. Its frequently a case of “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t”

    In any case, every bit of advice is best viewed/taken with a pinch of salt.

    Thanks, Rama, for your valuable input.

  5. Arunthathi Ramadhas

    Hari Om. Thanks very much for giving the good points in taking coffee. Now I can drink coffee without guilt feeling, definitely not more than 2 cups a day.

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