What Are the Health Effects of Drinking Coffee?

By Ray Marsh

There have been plenty of studies conducted about the health effects people can fact from drinking coffee. It's common knowledge that late night coffee drinking has an effect on sleep quality.

At the same time, drinking coffee can be used as a stimulant to provide an added burst of energy. But, can drinking coffee actually be good for your health or bad? Find out a few of the health benefits of drinking coffee, in moderate amounts, below.

Methylpyridinium, a powerful antioxidant, is one of many ingredients in roasted coffee. There is only one food type where methylpyridinium can be found in any major amounts: roasted coffee. In fact, it's not even present within raw coffee beans. It is the roasting process that creates the methylpyridinium. When in the form of raw coffee, the compound is called trigonelline. When coffee beans are roasted, the trigonelline forms the strong antioxidant methylpyridinium. In addition to regularly brewed coffee this can be found in instant and decaf coffee. Methylpyridinium can even protect the body from some forms of cancer.

Another link to keep in mind is the one to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some studies show that the risk reduction is as much as 50% for people who drink 2 cups of coffee daily. It's thought that caffeine can actually decrease insulin sensitivity in patients.

At the other end of the spectrum, some people develop low blood sugar or hypoglycemia as a result. The symptoms are unpleasant and my include sweating, clammy skin, weakness, and heart palpitations. It's strongly advised that people already diagnosed with diabetes avoid coffee altogether.

In conclusion, it seems there may be some beneficial health effects of drinking a moderate amount of coffee. However, heavy coffee drinkers should be aware that there are also some negative health effects that could arise from drinking too much caffeine. Moderation is the main ingredient to achieving a healthy balance.

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