Monday, January 24, 2011

The Daily Cup of Coffee ... Why It Might Not Be That Bad For You

The caffeine in your favorite coffee is absorbed in your body within 30-45 minutes. There it works as a stimulant on your central nervous system. During this time, you feel full of energy. Three hours later, the effects of caffeine dwindle and you find yourself on your way towards a second round.

Coffee + Drinking Coffee + Caffeine and Health

The 'experts' call this caffeine dependence - not addiction. Either way though, withdrawal from caffeine dependence can be difficult, including headaches, anxiety, change in mood, decreased energy and/or difficulty concentrating. On the bright side though, withdrawal symptoms typically last for just a few days. The question really is though, do we really have to completely kick the caffeine to the curb, or can we still enjoy the occasional cup?

There have been more than 19,000 studies on caffeine and coffee, in an attempt to determine its exact effects on the human body.

Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, says “there is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health.”

In the majority of healthy adults, moderate amounts of caffeine is not bad. It may even have positive effects. Aside from increased alertness and concentration, recent studies show the potential benefits of caffeine include:
  • Lower Dementia Risk.
  • More endurance during workouts.
  • Reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, liver disease, colorectal cancer & type 2 diabetes.
  • Decreased allergic reactions because of caffeine's ability to reduce histamines.
  • Improved immune function from caffeine’s anti-inflammatory effects.
{Of course it is important to note that if your heart pounds and you get jittery, you may be caffeine sensitive. Make sure to check in with your doctor.}

Happy Monday Lovelies!

58 comments:

  1. thank GOD I don't drink coffee. Once in a while I do, just for the sake of feeling posh and modern, but not often at all, I assure you. I try to drink plenty of water instead.

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  2. Im definitely caffeine dependant. I have at least 2 cups of coffee a day and a tea. In Bg/Opatija.. its turkish coffee 10x a day!! xx

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  3. Wow!! That is pretty amazing... how are you so smart!? :)

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  4. I definitely NEED my tea in the morning... and one Diet Coke in the afternoon. Very interesting info!

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  5. I've read many articles on the benefits of caffeine... as with anything, moderation is key. I'm good with one cup a day, to get me through the long afternoons!

    Thanks for the info :)

    -miz

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  6. that was so helpful! I am really glad you posted this... I say this as I sit here with my coffee.

    My brother tells me all the time not to run after I drink my coffee because it's bad for my heart... I don't know how much caffeine he must think I am getting from one cup. lol

    I cut myself off by 3pm anyways so that I can sleep.

    Thanks again!
    www.rissyblogs.blogspot.com

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  7. Definitely need my daily cup~ I head a slight headache when I don't drink coffeee, not sure why that is! Lovely week Iva!
    xo

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  8. interesting post! thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Moderation is everything, methinks. I've never ever felt guilty about my caffeine consumption... I may be dependent, but I only drink 1-2 cups in the mornings, along with the very occasional afternoon/evening "dessert" latte, so I completely enjoy! :)
    xoxo J

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  10. I love reinforcement when it comes to my coffee habit! :)

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  11. I wouldn't call myself caffeine dependant, although I do enjoy the occasional cup of coffee. Glad to know that it's not so bad after all.
    Thanks. :)

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  12. No matter what I decide to call it...I will not be giving up my coffee:)

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  13. I opt for oolong tea most of the time, or jasmine green tea. Coffee makes me too jittery, so if I do drink it I drink decaf when possible :)

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  14. fun facts! I had no idea of the little list of benefits. I have such high energy that I can usually only drink about a half a cup in the mornings anyway, but good to know it's not totally for nothing :)

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  15. I've never liked coffee, but now...hmmmm... :)

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  16. you haven't been updating. I'm upset. =( hahah. but I hope you're doing alright! =) be blessed.

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  17. I am all for a really wonderful, organic cup of coffee... preferably being sipped on a patio in Tuscany. A girl can dream!

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  18. Interesting read! ...as I sit hear enjoying my coffee:)
    Thanks for the post!!

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  19. This is great because Im in love with coffee!!!

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  20. I am sooo happy to hear this! I don't think I could be a decent person without daily coffee :D I mean, there are way worse things to be dependent on right?!

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  21. I don't like coffee but i like hot tea and iced tea. Sometimes caffeine helps my headaches go away. My dr. even recommended i drink a can of soda if i hav a bad headache! p.s.- I just gave u an award on my blog :) www.lifeaftercollege3.blogspot.com

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  22. my name is annette and i have a dependence... on tea though. I think coffee is too strong on my body but i looove it... always smells so nice.


    annette
    www.theversastyle.blogspot.com

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  23. Nice blog! Keep writing more! Loved your blog!

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  24. I've always been so confused about the facts of coffee after hearing so many contradicting things. I went through "withdrawal" (awful headaches) several times when I tried to taper off coffee. I just hate being dependent on it.
    Great post!
    xx
    Joanna

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  25. are you alive??!! haven't posted in forever! hope you're just good busy not bad busy :)

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  26. The only problem is.... I don't like coffee!

    But that photo makes it look delicious! I wish I liked it, I just don't!

    Hope you're havin a good week!
    love from
    amy
    x

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  27. I think that, as with most things, coffee (and other forms of caffeine) are fine in moderation. Though it does interest me that they just call it "dependence" versus "addiction". Trying to keep it from getting a bad rap?

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  28. I can only drink a half cup of coffee. A full cup will give me serious jitters.

    Hope all is well with you and your family. :)

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  29. Talking about withdrawl symptoms.. you really need to post more. My general knowledge is very loww right now!

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  30. This makes me feel much better about the 3 cups I had earlier! Thank you for posting this, I have been wondering how my habit has been affecting me! Have a great weekend:) MademoiselleMichael

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  31. THANK YOU for posting this! I always enjoy visiting here...

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  32. My mother really teaches us not to drink coffee cos it can cause depression and nervousness.And also It can cause ulcers. Drinking coffee without taking any solid food can harm your stomach. But on the other side, it has also it's positive effect. It has anti-oxidant contents.

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  33. Well I sure like this a lot! mmm makes me feel a lot better about my morning coffee binges =)

    xoxo
    Miss Neira

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  34. haha awesome! your blog is fabulous.

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  35. I’m not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. You’re truly well-informed. I can’t believe how much of this I just wasn’t aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. I’m truly grateful and really impressed.

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  37. Justification for my coffee! :)

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  38. It's good to switch over to tea as it's good for health.
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  40. I would say it depends on the quantity - the more you drink, the worse it is... But a cup of a great coffee hasn't made any significant harm for anyone, I believe :)

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  41. You got my interest here. So glad to have read your blog.

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  42. i love the taste of coffee--i drink coffee, as well as love coffee-flavored ice cream and chocolate. delicious!! i believe everything in moderation. i drink coffee every day, but never more than 2 cups a day.

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  43. I hope you don't mind, but I referenced this post in my blog; I couldn't resist.

    Nice to meet you, by the way.

    Carley

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  44. I benefit from it simply because I like the taste :)

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  45. yes, ive read lots of positive studies about the benefits of coffee!! bring it ;)

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  46. loving the blog!

    keep it up!

    xoxo

    http://mrkanerule.blogspot.com

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  47. Hi Iva and readers,

    Being portuguese, I'm used to drink a much stronger coffee than in most countries, although I don't drink it much.
    Like all things in life, it's a matter of drinking with moderation.

    Here we have the habit of drinking an expresso after lunch or dinner; usually lunch.
    Some people drink an expresso in the morning, but I don't think it's a wise thing to do.
    When I drink it's usually after lunch and sometimes in the afternoon. I will seldom drink an expresso at night, unless I have dinner in a restaurant.

    An expresso here is still much cheaper than in many other countries, around 60 euro cents.

    Do note that to make a good coffee, one needs a good machine (read Italian made) and good water.

    Take care,

    José

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  48. That's a very interesting read for a coffee lover like me! But again, I restrict myself into drinking just one cup a day just to ensure my health.

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  49. Hmmmm, benefits of coffee? That is new to my ears. I stay away from coffee because of the addictive components. Maybe I need to rethink.......

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  51. Beautiful cup =) But coffee is really not as dangerous as they say

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  52. I am now craving coffee! That one looks especially delicious. There is something to the esthetic experience to a lovely cup of cappuccino or latte .. and the smell! YUM!!

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  53. Great post i am so impressed here.
    Thanks for posting...



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  54. I always love it when doctors talk about the benefits of coffee...makes me feel so much better about my little obsession.

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  55. Thank your for sharing your wonderful article. I very agree with your views from here. . lyj

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