Good or bad: Benefits and Risks of Drinking Coffee

Do you like coffee as much as I do? Honestly, I could function all day long without rice and just by sipping three to four cups of coffee with a slice of bread or biscuit. They say too much is bad for your health, however, according to Dr. Willie Ong, it really depends on the person because there are people who can get benefits from coffee but this might not be suitable to other people’s condition and illness.

So, is coffee really bad or good for your health? In his YouTube video, he mentioned that coffee contains several powerful antioxidants such as Hydrocinnamic acids that are effective at neutralizing free radicals and Polyphenols which may prevent type 2 diabetes.

Coffee Ingredients

A 240ml (8 ounce) of cup of coffee contains Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.

Coffee: Possible Benefits

Dr. Ong stated that coffee is likely effective for mental alertness and thinking skills even after sleep deprivation. In short, it helps students to retain information for any academic purposes. It is also possibly effective for diabetes, people who consume more coffee are seen to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart failure and Alzheimer’s Disease according to a recent study.

Coffee also boosts energy levels, helps clean the stomach, reduces depression, reduces risk of cancer, and it is beneficial for the liver. But coffee also posed side effects including digestive issues that may worsen diarrhea and increase frequency of urination or urge to urinate, muscle breakdown, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate and anxiety. For pregnant and breast-feeding women, they must limit to 1 to 2 cups of coffee daily. And, if you don’t want to experience these cons, then, coffee is not really for you.

Caffeine Spectrum

If you’re wondering how much milligrams (mg) your favorite beverage contains, on average which may varies by brand, nitro contains 215mg of caffeine; cold brew: 155mg; hot coffee: 140mg; espresso: 70mg; instant coffee: 63mg; matcha: 60mg; black tea: 50mg; green tea: 40mg; and tea contains 0mg of caffeine.

Summary: What to Know About Coffee and Your Heart

Drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of heart failure and stroke. If you have hypertension, you may want to avoid drinking too much coffee. Long-term use of unfiltered coffee can increase LDL cholesterol levels. Sugary additives may cancel the positive benefits.

If you are used in drinking coffee, 3 cups of coffee are preferred according to Dr. Willie Ong and you may opt for the not too strong coffee because three to four cups of coffee and above may arise side effects and cause dependent.

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