Decade-long study suggests that a daily coffee habit may slash the risk of diabetes in half 10/02/2015
- Blurred vision
- Extreme thirst
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequent urination
- Slower healing of bruises and cuts
- Extreme hunger, even after eating
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet
very minor, at the most
Natural health advocates often tout the benefits of tea, and claim that drinking regular coffee "exhausts” the adrenal glands.
There's little evidence for that claim, and they evade the fact that tea also contains caffeine.
While some clinical studies find that coffee stimulates secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, others find no such effect.
Consumption of boiled coffee has been linked to slightly unhealthful changes to blood lipid profiles (Bøhn SK et al. 2012), and a few population studies link habitual drinking of boiled coffee to slightly higher risk of heart attack (Hammar N et al. 2003).
Finally, coffee with caffeine can also raise blood pressure in people unused to drinking it, but this effect disappears after drinking it for a few days.
Although large amounts of caffeine can be risky for people with heart-rhythm problems, moderate caffeine consumption (200-400mg daily) appears safe and is proven to boost mental focus and clarity.
The caffeine content of coffee ranges from about 65 mg for a single cup (30 ml) of espresso to about 145 mg for an 8 oz. cup (237 ml) of drip coffee.
- Reduce stress
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of suicide
- Reduce the risk for dementia
- Reduce the risk for congestive heart failure
- Reduce the risk of depression among women
- Reduce the risks of liver cancer and breast cancer
- Reduce the risk of a deadly form of prostate cancer
- Reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma (a form of skin cancer)
- Copious coffee consumption does not raise the risk of cardiovascular disease … in fact, drinking three to five cups daily may protect against it.
And far from being unhealthful, the research clearly shows that coffee – whether regular or decaf – is amazingly, deliciously healthful.
Michelle Lee is a writer and avid home chef, with 20 years of experience focusing on healthy lifestyle, diet and the home kitchen.
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