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What are the benefits and disadvantages of coffee?

For millions of people around the world, there is no better way to start the day than with an aromatic cup of coffee.

The reason is simple: in addition to being delicious, this drink is very stimulating. It helps us wake up and begin our tasks with spirit and good humor. But we also have the other side of the coin. We know that coffee can have a counterproductive effect on us: being too nervous and upset, not only during the day but even at night, when it’s time to rest.

The benefits and drawbacks of consuming coffee have been discussed for many years, and expert opinions have often changed over time.

Fortunately, for lovers of this drink, there is more and more research that supports the consumption of coffee, as long as it is drunk in moderation. A recent study in the specialized magazine The New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that coffee and caffeine, which is its main active ingredient, help reduce the risk of all types of conditions, including type 2 diabetes, gallstones, depression, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, cancer liver disease, cirrhosis, prostate cancer, melanoma, depression and even suicide.

In this same sense, a report published by a team of researchers from the Harvard University School of Public Health concludes that, for most people, consuming coffee in moderation can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

List of benefits

The experts of the site assure that the list of benefits that coffee offers can be summarized as follows:

Improve memory. Because caffeine activates memory, it is a great aid for those who need to focus on learning new concepts, are in exam period, or have a job that requires a lot of concentration.

Helps prevent Alzheimer’s. As it helps enhance memory, it is very positive to help prevent the loss of this faculty.

Keeps the line. Consuming just one cup a day helps us get rid of accumulated fat.

Helps maintain youth. Coffee helps prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles because it promotes the firmness and smoothness of the skin. It also protects against free radicals that cause skin aging.

Minimizes the chances of suffering a heart attack. If consumed in moderation, coffee can help reduce the chances of having a heart attack because it protects us from cardiovascular diseases.

Fight constipation. If we suffer from this problem, a cup of hot coffee is ideal to activate bowel movements.


Although the advantages of coffee are clear, experts from the site warn that excessive consumption of this drink, which is estimated at more than three cups a day, can cause negative consequences such as the following:

Anxiety and stress. Drinking too much coffee can cause our hands to shake, make us more stressed, and even cause a panic attack.

Dehydration: Caffeine has a diuretic effect so, if we consume it in excess, we can suffer dehydration. The ideal is to reduce our coffee intake and drink more water.

Addiction. Caffeine can create a strong dependency and cause us to not be able to wake up properly unless we drink coffee. It can also make us feel irritable if we do not have access to this drink.

Ulcers. If we suffer from gastritis and have a stomach ulcer, coffee can accentuate the pain and aggravate the ulcer, especially if consumed without solid food.

Reduces fertility. For women who want to get pregnant, coffee is not a good ally if consumed in large doses. Excessive caffeine affects the fallopian tubes and prevents the egg from reaching the uterus and implanting there.

Risk of abortion. Coffee may also increase the risk of miscarriage.

As you can see, coffee itself has numerous benefits. The problems begin when we exceed our consumption. If you have any questions, it is best to consult with your doctor.

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