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Is Coffee Good For You? -- Coffee Benefits
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According to a recent study from the National Institutes of Health, coffee benefits heavily outweigh the disadvantages of drinking it. People either seem to love it or not like it at all. Most folks drink coffee because they simply like the taste, and helps them wake up and get going in the morning.

Past opinions on drinking coffee claimed it to be bad for you, and you shouldn't drink it. There are new clinical studies now that suggest it is good for you and has many benefits that far outweigh the side effects of drinking the popular java drink.

Coffee Benefits

Older adults who drink coffee, show decreased signs of dementia and Parkinson's Disease.
Coffee is a mild natural stimulant and laxative. Recent studies also suggest that drinking coffee lowers risk for heart conditions and stroke.

Coffee contains many anti-oxidants that help lower blood sugar and cholesterol. It has shown to lower the risk of type II diabetes by as much as 67%. It lowers the risk of many types of cancer, including throat and skin cancer, liver, prostate and breast cancer.

It acts as a pain reliever against headaches. It lowers the risk of kidney and gall stones.
For athletes it increases energy, endurance and lowers muscle pain.

The interesting part of all this research is, the more you consume, the higher the percentages of reduced risk against many of these conditions.
If you consume 1-2 cups daily, it lowers the risk of most of the mentioned conditions. If you drink 4-5 cups daily, in most instances it decreases the risk substantially more.

Negative Effects of Coffee

The main side effects of coffee are insomnia, restlessness, nervousness and upset stomach.
May increase heart rate and blood pressure for occasional drinkers.

However most of these side effects are not noticed or even exist for regular daily drinkers. It can be addicting to long term coffee drinkers. If you don't have it , you can notice signs of irritability and tiredness.

But for me, and many other people who drink coffee on a daily basis, the minimal side effects are far outweighed by the potential benefits. So to everyone who likes their morning coffee, drink up, it just might save your life and certainly can increase your health.