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Is Coffee Good for You? Study Shows How the Type You Drink Affects Your Brain

Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments


By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

Dear coffee: I love you. I have since the tender age of 15, and I’ve never once doubted your abilities to make my mornings more complete. I love you so much I drink you black. But are you good for me? Do I actually have a sane and salvageable relationship with you?

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I’m not the type of person to gulp down gallons of coffee throughout the day. I stick to one or two cups and drink them ever so slowly — indulging in each sip’s robust depth of flavors. And while I enjoy my morning cup of goodness, it seems I can’t get through a week without overhearing someone declare that they’re finally giving up coffee for good.

Is Coffee Good Or Bad For You?

Coffee is a big deal in America. In fact, at least 68 million Americans consume three cups of coffee each day, while about 30 million take down five or more every single day, and more than 21 million Americans drink six or more every day. And while I’m over here barely getting through my first cup, I can understand why some might feel their affection for the caffeinated beverage has gone too far. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to four cups of brewed coffee a day seems to be acceptable in healthy adults, which leaves quite a few sippers exposed to potential side effects like insomnia, irritability, restlessness, muscle tremors, and nervousness from the over-consumption of caffeine. And while caffeine itself is only found to be mildly addictive with no direct connection to serious health concerns, the acid found in coffee can cause an upset stomach, as well as worsen ulcers, heighten blood pressure and blood cholesterol, and speed up the heart rate.

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But the good news is, coffee, when done right, is good for you. When consumed in low doses, it has been found to improve cognitive functions, increase alertness, prevent Parkinson’s disease, ward off some types of cancer, and fight off the onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, as the saying goes: Everything in moderation!

Why Drink Coffee?

People drink it for all sorts of reasons. Coffee is cultural. People wake up for coffee. People meet for coffee. They use it to get their bowels moving. They drink it for the flavor. For me, I feel it serves as a morning ritual that just so happens to kickstart my day with a jolt of alertness. But, whatever your reason, have you ever stopped to think about how different varietals can affect your brain function?

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I hit up my local grocery market and filter through the flavors of the month, the ones on sale, the newbies, and whatever other title strikes my fancy and try out a new one quite often. Clearly, I have no preference, aside from liking it a medium roast and to smell delicious. The smell, however, is apparently much more than just that. Apparently, the aroma of our cup of joe can alter our brain waves.


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