Is coffee good or bad for health?

(ORDO NEWS) — In every city, large and small coffee shops are scattered all over the place. Americano and latte, cold brew and macchiato… You involuntarily sigh: a day without coffee seems incomplete.

A cup of Americano in the morning has become the standard breakfast for waking workers. They slowly gave up milk tea and began to look for health benefits in another drink.

Many people still wonder: is coffee really healthy?

In fact, it contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants for the human body. Many metabolic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia) are associated with a violation of the oxidative process, which leads to oxidative stress. It is he who serves as one of the factors in the occurrence of tumors and aging. If the substance has an antioxidant effect, it can indirectly slow down aging, reduce the likelihood of tumors. Thus, if you drink coffee in moderation for a long time, it will partially take on an antioxidant role in the body.

Rumor has it that coffee can cause osteoporosis

The risks of osteoporosis do not mean that the disease will develop as soon as you drink a single cup. However, certain conditions are required for this. The first is the consumption of a certain amount of the drink, the second is the natural tendency to get sick (if you belong to the elderly population, for example).

Coffee can leach out calcium due to the caffeine it contains. You should not drink it too strong – this way you can avoid osteoporosis and other bone problems.

What to look out for when drinking coffee

Studies have confirmed that the daily intake of coffee is about 200-400 milligrams. 100 milligrams of a pure drink contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine, so you should not drink more than two or three servings per day. A healthy person is recommended a cup in the morning or before work – caffeine stimulates our mental system and excites sympathetic nerves, providing an invigorating effect. However, do not be too zealous – it does not have a very good effect on sleep.

If you don’t like bitter coffee, you can add some milk. But it contains fat, so you should pay attention to its amount. I am also not a fan of adding sugar, because it is not particularly useful for the body. Low-calorie cream substitutes are actually artificial, they are also a kind of fat. If you often drink instant coffee, keep in mind that it’s just a coffee drink.

Groups of people who should drink coffee with caution:

People suffering from high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis and other diseases: drinking coffee for a long time or in large quantities increases cholesterol and provokes cardiovascular diseases. Heart patients are not recommended to drink coffee.

—Older women: depletion of calcium from the body can lead to osteoporosis.
—Patients with gastrointestinal problems: It is worth cutting down on coffee intake or completely avoiding it, as the drink can cause stomach problems.
—Pregnant women and nursing mothers: Excess coffee in pregnant women can lead to fetal malformations or miscarriage. For breastfeeding mothers, caffeine mixes with breast milk and irritates the baby’s digestive system.
—People with vitamin B1 deficiency: Vitamin B1 plays an important role in maintaining the stability of the nervous system, while coffee destroys this element.
—Cancer patients: Although the link between caffeine and cancer has not been fully confirmed, people who have had cancer are better off not drinking coffee. Abuse can awaken cancer cells, and there will be a relapse.
—Teenagers and children: This category, especially teenagers taking university exams, are often awake at night and believe that coffee will help them stay awake. This is not very useful and can lead to overexcitation of the brain.

Of course, people who are sensitive to caffeine and prone to insomnia should also give up this drink.

How to drink coffee correctly?

If you are in one of the above groups, try not to drink coffee on an empty stomach and mix it with milk or accompany it with snacks.

By itself, coffee can be called useful. Drinking it in moderation is good for the body, but there is one caveat: by coffee, I mean freshly ground black coffee without impurities or coffee brewed from whole grains. Instant coffee, which is abundant in stores, is definitely harmful to health.

You may have experienced the following phenomenon: if you do not drink coffee during the day, you will feel lethargic. It’s a mild addiction. If you want to get rid of it, do not worry: after a few days of abstinence, the problem will be solved by itself.

In a word, coffee should be drunk in moderation, taking into account the individual characteristics of the body. Although it is delicious, but health is above all.

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