The debate whether coffee is a health benefit or health risk has been going on since the day this aromatic brew was first discovered. Since then there have been controversial studies that keep surfacing which are more confusing then helping. If one study suggests that drinking coffee is good for you, pop comes the other one saying that it is not safe to drink coffee. So what do you do? Do you stop drinking coffee because a study says it is not good for you or do you keep drinking it because earlier you read that it is supposed to be good for your health? Either ways you are being dependent on the information which keeps changing and keeps resurfacing either in a magazine or a newspaper or on the Internet.
So what should a person who loves his or her coffee do? Stick to the personal choice or pay heed to the study that says that drinking coffee is not good for one’s health. As a coffee lover myself, I have realised that it is best to follow my heart. If you love coffee you should drink it and if you don’t then don’t start drinking it because you read someplace that it is good for health. Similarly you should not stop drinking it because some study suggests that it is not good for your health. So whether coffee is a health benefit or a health risk is a matter of personal belief. If you believe it is a health risk it will affect you that way and if you think it is a health benefit then the result will be different.
Personally, I feel that coffee is a health benefit. Why? Simply because it uplifts my mood, cures my headaches, and is a source of antioxidants — component needed to ward off cardiovascular diseases.
That is a very layman approach to the topic. However there are some scientific reasons as well and although there have been controversial research and findings related to coffee and one such research has proved that coffee does has disease fighting properties thus lowering the risk of certain diseases like Type II diabetes, Parkinson’s and colon cancer.
This apart, it is a common knowledge that coffee contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant and it is for this reason people consume it in the mornings and when they are feeling tired. Students also swear by this brew during their examinations and late night study sessions. People in the late night shifts also feel alert after having a cup of coffee.
Apparently there are more health benefits of drinking coffee than there are risks and coffee lovers all over the world are a happy lot after learning that there are more health benefits of drinking coffee. And that will be a separate topic altogether.