Opinions truly differ when it comes to coffee. One day you might pick up a magazine or newspaper and read about the risks associated with drinking coffee, and on another day you can read about its many health benefits. One side calls it an addictive substance, and the other calls it a healthy elixir. Few people actually know all the ins and outs of coffee – we'll clear all that up and share the real truth about the coffee you love.
Let's make something clear from the very start: Research findings concerning the consumption of coffee vary greatly, and coffee does indeed have both positive and negative effects.
The negative and positive effects of coffee
Here are the negative effects of drinking coffee:
- Coffee increases cholesterol levels in general, so things like LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Coffee causes your blood pressure to go up.
- Indulging in coffee can lead to stomach problems, for example heartburn.
- There are many other possible negatives, for example heart rhythm disturbances, tremors, headache, teeth grinding while sleeping, trouble sleeping, glaucoma, diarrhoea, and more.
In contrast, a number of positive effects have been reported:
- New studies have shown that there is no connection between mortality rates and coffee consumption; in fact, a negative correlation was found, i.e. the mortality rate among heavy coffee drinkers was lower in older people…although it was shown to be slightly higher among people under 55.
- Additionally, more recent research has shown no connection between heart arrhythmia and drinking coffee.
- Coffee also contains beneficial substances that have antioxidant effects, and consequently positive effects in relation to various chronic illnesses have been shown.
Okay, so far so good, but what exactly can you take from the above in terms of your own coffee habits?
If you give up coffee, you'll experience withdrawal symptoms
It's a fact that if you stop drinking coffee altogether, you will have withdrawal symptoms. If you're a regular coffee drinker and you stop, you can count on experiencing headaches, sleepiness, low mood and insomnia. It has been proven that coffee is addictive, and weaning oneself off this stimulant will trigger various reactions in the body. Although there are indeed some beneficial substances in coffee, it also contains things that the body becomes addicted to…and these very same substances result in greater adrenaline secretion and increased stress hormone levels in your bloodstream.
Incidentally, caffeine-free coffee has also been shown to have a number of negative effects. This means that just changing to caffeine-free coffee is not the solution.
Our recommendation concerning coffee and your health
The position of the fangocur team is quite clear and is based on the research conclusions made by various well-known medical professionals, and also our own experience. All you have to do is stop drinking coffee for a few weeks and notice what happens in your body. Here are our recommendations:
- From our viewpoint, coffee is a stimulant and not a health remedy.
- Stop drinking coffee for 30 days and pay attention to your body. Are you feeling withdrawal symptoms in the form of headaches? How did your feelings change after one or two weeks?
- Drink only a small amount of coffee, i.e. a cup or two, should be the maximum per day. An even better idea would be to only enjoy coffee on special occasions and not habitually.
- Caffeine-free coffee is not the solution. Pay attention to what is in the coffee – it's best to enjoy your coffee with little or no milk and little or no sugar…and that includes artificial sweeteners. In addition, avoid indulging in that beloved pastry or cake that you normally have with your coffee.
Source: Dr. John MacDougall, Coffee, Pleisure and Pain, The MacDougall Newsletter, 2004; Dr. Michael Greger, Who should avoid coffee?, Vegsource.com; 19.10.2017; Dr. Petra Bracht, Kaffee: Wie gesund ist unser Kultgetränk wirklich? (in German), drpetrabracht.de; Dr. Dean Ornish, Reversing Heart Disease, Lüchow 2019
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