Monday, March 7, 2016

A Cup of Coffee a Day Keeps the Doctor Away



Do you need a cup of coffee in the morning to function? You definitely are not alone. Caffeine is a drug that millions of Americans are consuming daily. Studies have proven that you do not have to feel guilty about consuming 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is around two to three cups. From the Harvard School of Public Health, Walter Willett suggests that coffee has many benefits and promotes longevity. These include decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, liver disease, stroke, type II diabetes, neurologic diseases, and suicide.
Caffeine is not necessarily the ingredient in coffee that is the most beneficial to disease fighting. Coffee beans contain an enormous amount of antioxidants and phytochemicals, called quinines, which fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals can lead to cellular damage throughout the body. If vital cells or molecules such as DNA are damaged, the risk of disease and cancers increase dramatically. Antioxidants actually remove free radicals and help the body fight a variety of diseases. Coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in American diets since the consumption rate is so high. Another major active ingredient in coffee is magnesium. Magnesium naturally effects blood sugar levels, which is thought to help fight type II diabetes. Before drinking eight cups of coffee in the morning, there are limits of caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can lead to sleep issues such as insomnia, anxiety, and heart palpitations.
Based off many research studies, the key to coffee intake is moderation. Two to three cups and day is the optimum amount to reap the benefits without over stimulating the body with caffeine. Drinking decaffeinated coffee can be an alternative since it still contains all of the antioxidants as caffeinated coffee, but without the adverse effects of caffeine. People can look forward to a cup of coffee and not feel guilty consuming the recommended amount.

Posted by: Cara Murphy (3) 
http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-buzz-on-coffee?page=1
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/11/16/456191657/drink-to-your-health-study-links-daily-coffee-habit-to-longevity
http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/antiox.html
https://www.google.com/search?q=Coffee&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYiO3jyq_LAhUEXw8KHQf6Dl0Q_AUICCgC&biw=1190&bih=656#tbm=isch&q=coffee+beans&imgrc=PkUuqRu2eK1y9M%3A
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7 comments:

  1. This is so interesting! I was just thinking about how I should drink less coffee because I've become so dependent on it to get me going in the morning. After reading this I might keep my cup of coffee but limit it to just one cup.

    -Emily Mueller (Group 2)

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    1. Emily,
      I am very dependent on coffee as well! It has become a routine in the morning. I am trying to just have one regular and if necessary, switch to decaf. Thanks for your feedback!

      Cara Murphy (3)

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  2. As a person who doesn't drink coffee I find it hard to believe there are some health benefits to drinking coffee. A lot of people I know start to go through withdrawal if they don't have their daily fix. I think an alternative to coffee is more sleep, which is hard to come by these days, or just plenty of water and a solid breakfast to start the day.

    Allen Currier

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    1. I agree that people have withdrawals from coffee, but mostly from the caffeine. Decaf coffee has less than the regular cup, maybe this could be an answer to decrease withdrawals. Overall I believe that if it is your daily fix, it is not harmful to consume for your health if its in moderation. I do however agree with you that sleep is necessary as well to feel awake.

      Thank you for your feedback!
      Cara Murphy (3)

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  3. i definitely am one to need a coffee in the morning to start my day. It has become a part of my daily morning routine and I can see now how it has had a negative effect on my body. Now whenever I need a quick boost I can't just drink a coffee because my body has built a high tolerance to it unfortunately. But reading your article gave me hope! I'm glad to hear that the negative effects of coffee come with some good news too. With moderation I will feel better about drinking my coffee's throughout the day.

    Stephanie Aboody

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    1. Stephanie,
      I am the same way! I need a coffee fix in the morning to get myself going, and I do have a high tolerance now. I am trying to switch to more decaf coffee to see if I can get that boost back just when I need it. I am glad you can feel better about drinking it since there are some benefits.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Cara Murphy (3)

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  4. I also agree with Allen; I'm not a coffee drinker myself, and I also do agree that there are other alternatives to drinking coffee that are much better. I was unaware that there are some health benefits to drinking caffeine, however. You learn something new every day!

    -Soffie Jobarteh

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