In February 2020 the Mayo Clinic suggested that drinking coffee may actually have some health benefits.
While it’s difficult to consider just one aspect of diet and connect it to a health condition, due to other factors that might also have an effect such as smoking and following a sedentary lifestyle, they suggest that coffee may offer some protection against:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver disease, including liver cancer
- Heart attack and stroke
But there are still potential risks for coffee drinkers, mostly due to high caffeine intake. Drinking coffee can temporarily raise blood pressure – that’s the caffeine high we experience. The Mayo Clinic suggests that women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, may need to be cautious about their coffee consumption.
Their research also suggests that a “high intake of boiled, unfiltered coffee has been associated with mild increase in cholesterol levels”, so perhaps consider how you prepare your coffee.
So, check your coffee habit. If you suffer side effects after drinking coffee, such as but not limited to, heartburn, increased nervousness, or insomnia, consider reducing your consumption, or, in the case of insomnia, don’t drink coffee too close to bed time.
Over to you.