Is Coffee Good for You?

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If there were a definitive and official list of things that the entire planet somehow came together and voted on as “Things That Are Good,” coffee would almost certainly be at (or definitely near) the top of it.  It is brewed and consumed the world over in hundreds of different strengths, flavors, and styles. Estimates as to when coffee was “discovered” vary widely, but it’s been around since at least the mid-15th century and is arguably now more popular than ever. But with so much coffee consumed these days, it’s fair to stop and wonder for a moment: is coffee good for you?

Some Answers Since You’re Wondering If Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee has long been generally considered a morning staple item, right along with breakfast. As our lives gradually become more and more hectic and our schedules teem with more and more items we’re trying to check off, coffee has found its way into all hours of the day, and, unsurprisingly, into the night. It’s primary draw, caffeine, is what keeps people coming back for more. Caffeine is a stimulant and it provides the boost coffee drinkers are looking for with every cup they purchase or pour. It’s also the main ingredient behind the multiples studies aimed at answering the question is coffee good for you?

If you don’t drink coffee then you probably don’t care one way or the other, but for the millions and millions around the world (150 million in the U.S. alone) any news touting its benefits is basically music to the ears. The latest studies seem to confirm that as much as 5 cups of coffee a day would still be considered part of a healthy lifestyle. That’s a lotta joe, Joe!

Its benefits include an apparent lowered risk of Type II diabetes and heart disease, and it may also reduce your chances of cirrhosis of the liver. Coffee is also linked to a reduced risk of dementia, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. All good news, right?

Well, it turns out that genetics (of course) play a major part in determining whether or not you’re one of the lucky ones who actually benefit from a coffee habit. If your body is slower to metabolize coffee, you’re actually at a higher risk of a heart attack or hypertension. In other words, if you find yourself feeling antsy and restless after a single cup, you may want to consider learning to live without or at least cutting back on your beloved java.