The Coffee Question: Is It Good or Bad for You?

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A nice cup of coffee is a workplace staple at many companies. Needing a quick caffeine fix is the one thing that unites everyone from the CEO down to an intern. More than eight out of ten American adults drink coffee regularly at an average of just over two cups per day. Studies also find that you drink more coffee the older you get.

With coffee being so ubiquitous in our culture, it makes sense researchers would try to understand the health impact of a cup of joe. So, what have they found? That’s where it gets pretty complicated because, well, humans are complicated.

What Do We Know About Coffee?

Coffee and caffeine affect different body functions. So to say coffee is simply “good” or “bad” for you is just a little too simple. In addition to all of the various parts of the body that may be affected by coffee, there are also differences between people. Some people may be allergic to caffeine while others can drink coffee in the afternoon and have no problem falling asleep at night.

That said, there are some overall findings that point to benefits of moderate coffee intake:

  • Combats soreness and pain after a workout (Source)
  • Lowers risk of Cirrhosis of the liver (Source)
  • Reduces risk of Type II diabetes (Source)
  • Provides coronary benefits to middle-aged adults (Source)
  • Good source of fiber (Source)

On the other hand, there is also consistent research showing that overdoing it on the java can outweigh the benefits. The Mayo Clinic recommends up to four cups of coffee a day for healthy adults (that’s regular cups, not grande double shots!).

For instance, more than 500mg – 600mg of caffeine per day can cause:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tremors
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Upset stomach

The final word? You should feel free to take on each work day with the help of a couple cups of coffee along the way. Stay sharp, stay active and stay caffeinated.

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