The Good And Disadvantages That Come With Drinking Coffee

By Amelie Rogers

If you're a regular coffee drinker, this question has probably crossed your mind at one point in time. If you're a constant worrier like I am, then it may cross your mind just about every day.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world drink coffee. Not only does the taste grow on coffee drinkers over time, but the obvious benefits of caffeine provide an ample boost to our energy levels that nothing else seems to do.

A cup of coffee can also help us while we work. In studies, caffeine was shown to make people more alert, better able to concentrate and more efficient.

It's clear, then, that coffee has a positive effect on the way the brain functions. However, there are differing opinions as to whether coffee is good for the body as a whole. Some say it's harmless, whereas others are convinced it can't be beneficial.

There are studies that have shown that, over a period of time, caffeine can increase a person's blood pressure. Heart rates have also been shown to rise with continued coffee drinking. It's results like this that can make us worry.

On the other hand, these same studies point to the fact that mass consumption of coffee in heavy doses over long periods of time would be the only way to make this happen. If you're having just a cup a day or something to that effect, you have little reason to worry.

Then, of course, we have the beneficial effects of the antioxidants in coffee. Studies have shown that they offer a line of defense against the development of diseases such as cancer. This is not hard to believe when we consider that coffee is natural. The same qualities are also to be found in red wine, another natural product.

When all is said and done, coffee should be consumed in moderation. Too much of anything is never a good thing, and you should treat any powerful stimulant with care, especially as you age. - 31805

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