I’m one of those people who swing back and forth regarding coffee consumption. My intuition says that coffee is good. However, I do find it hard to know where the boundaries lie health-wise, 2 cups of day or 7 cups? Too much consumption of coffee can inhibit the absorption of certain vitamins like C for example plus it stimulates the kidneys which means more trips to the bathroom that release a lot of water from the body and etc.
Every now and then I stumble upon articles about the power of coffee but it often lacks empirical support. A real psychological conflict in my opinion.
Now, finally, after reading the book Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life, I am convinced about the benefits! (Yeah I know I should be reading Personality but can I live a little?)
The book is written by neurologist David Perlmutter. In short, he says that the key to good health lies in the intestinal flora. There are certain compounds in coffee that affect the bacteria that lie in the intestinal flora. Perlmutter argues that the content of the coffee bean can protect our brain due to its positive effects on the digestive system.
In addition, a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that individuals who drank 3-5 cups of coffee a day (moderate drinkers) were in less of a risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Compared to “low drinkers” (0-2 cups per day) this group was 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
After researchers saw the power of coffee on our brain function they proceeded to perform more studies and have found that coffee reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s and even cancer.
I’m not going to claim that 3-5 cups of coffee a day will make individuals disease-free as this depends of course on other factors as well, our overall health. However, I guess it does not hurt to continue my love relationship with coffee.
Cheers in coffee!
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