Is coffee a health hazard or health promoter?  The answer:  maybe.  It all depends on two factors:  if you’re currently a regular coffee drinker and how much java you consume each day.

New research has debunked some old science and common myths about coffee.  The new news is:

CARDIOVASCULAR RISK:  As long as you’re a regular coffee drinker, there’s no risk that your java will contribute to heart disease.  But for people unaccustomed to it, coffee may cause an elevated risk of heart disease.  If you’re not used to the caffeine in coffee, you may experience restlessness, anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, increased blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythms.

TYPE 2 DIABETES:  According to a large study published in Diabetes Care, drinking coffee actually decreases the risk that you will develop Type 2 diabetes by 60%.

CANCER:  Possibly even more exciting is the potential protective value of coffee.  Drinking moderate amounts of coffee (2 to 4 cups per day) may also help prevent breast cancer in premenopausal women, but researchers are careful to note the need for further study.  Antioxidants present in coffee, both chlorogenic acid derivatives and heat-processed antioxidants, may be the reason for coffee’s cancer-protective qualities.  While scientists aren’t yet ready to recommend replacing fruit, vegetables, and whole grains with coffee (hopefully they’ll never do that!), coffee drinkers can take heart in knowing that their java habit also has health benefits.

CIRRHOSIS AND LIVER CANCER:  Healthful antioxidants once again are the potential reason for decreased risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer among moderate coffee drinkers.  Antioxidants found in coffee may reduce inflammation and help produce detoxifying enzymes to protect the liver from damage.  Rest assured that drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day won’t increase your risk of liver disease.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE:  The Honolulu Heart Program studied more than 8,000 Japanese-American men over a 30-year period and found that the men who drank the most coffee were at the lowest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.  In fact, men who drank no coffee were five times more likely to develop this disease than were coffee drinkers.  Caffeine may protect against Parkinson’s disease by blocking adenosine receptors, thus increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain.

ENDURANCE ATHLETES:  A wealth of research shows that moderate amounts of caffeine (1-1/2 to 2 cups of coffee) improve endurance exercise performance by 20% to 50%.  However, if caffeine gives you the jitters, avoid it before endurance races.

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