Health Benefits Of Coffee

By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

The popularity of coffee is on the rise in the United States. In just about every major city, each block is littered with locally owned and franchised-based coffee shops. With so many people drinking coffee now, it begs the question "is coffee good for you?"

Coffee certainly has its downsides. If consumed in too high of a quantity, some people can experience hypertension and ulcers. It also doesn't help to drink coffee if you want to go to sleep or rest, because caffeine can keep your mind alert for many hours. Another downside is that coffee is an excellent teeth stainer.

Most of the downsides of coffee can be averted by drinking coffee in moderation, and using a coffee stain remover, like Oral-B Rembrandt Whitening Strips. It's also important not to mix caffeinated coffee with certain medications, so always check with your doctor before combining the two together.

The benefits of coffee may actually outweigh the downsides. Did you know that coffee is being studied for its helpful benefits in such diseases as Diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's Disease? It's also linked to preventing liver cancer for people who drink more than one cup of coffee a day.

More recent research is suggesting that coffee contains the most antioxidants than any other food that American's digest on a regular basis.

"Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close," says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the university. Although fruits and vegetables are generally promoted as good sources of antioxidants, the new finding is surprising because it represents the first time that coffee has been shown to be the primary source from which most Americans get their antioxidants, Vinson says. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, he adds. (Source: Coffee is number one source of antioxidants -

People with heart problems, and other related illnesses should not drink caffeinated coffee. However, if you don't have any adverse reactions to drinking coffee, and if you don't drink it now, you may be missing out on some excellent health benefits -- like cancer preventing antioxidants.

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