Coffee Drinking - Is it Good for Your Health or Bad?

By Ray Marsh

There have been plenty of studies conducted about the health effects people can fact from drinking coffee. Many people understand all too well how drinking coffee at night can impact sleep.

Too much coffee has been linked to infertility and problems with birth. The incidence of stillbirth is significantly increased in mothers who drank coffee throughout the pregnancy. You are more likely to miscarry in the first trimester if you are drinking more than two cups per day of any caffeinated beverage but research show especially for coffee. Mothers who drink coffee during pregnancy can expect lower than average birth weights. Changing to a decaff coffee may not do any good because of the chemicals used to remove the caffeine. Drinking large amounts of coffee has also been proven to increase the amount of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, in your body. High LDL levels are an indicator of high cholesterol, which is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. In patients with high cholesterol, the incidence of heart attack, stroke and vascular disease is greatly increased. The elements in coffee that lead to high blood pressure can be eliminated by brewing coffee with a paper filter according to research. Cafestol and Kahweol, ingredients that are generally only found in coffee beans but can be harmful to the body, are bonded to the paper filter during the brewing process. Because they do not filter out certain impurities, press pots and plunger filters are not as safe for brewing coffee as paper filters.

Research has verified that roasted coffee contains a powerful antioxidant known as methylpyridinium. Coffee is the only food type where this particular antioxidant is found in large amounts. In fact, it's not even present within raw coffee beans. It is actually created as part of the roasting process. The raw form of the compound is trigonelline. It is the roasting process that enables the trigonelline to be transformed into methylpyridinium. It is found in all kinds of coffee including instant coffee and caffeine free coffee. This type of antioxidant has been shown to protect the body against various forms of cancer. Men who drink coffee are less likely to develop gout. Gout is a recurring condition that is commonly identified by symptoms such as painful swelling and inflammation of the joints - particularly in the foot or ankles. The big toe is often the worst impacted area though it is possible for the ankles, knees, wrists, or fingers to be impacted as well. The impact is joints that are hot and tender and may be red or swollen. The high levels of uric acid in the body that cause gout is also commonly associated with kidney stones. According to research, the uric acid levels in the body are reduced by drinking coffee.

The sugar you add to your coffee doesn't help either.

In conclusion, drinking coffee in smaller amounts might be advantageous to your health. 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 key to getting a healthy balance.

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