Coffee Drinkers


As a young girl, I loved to drink coffee.  I picked up a bad habit at a very young age.  I drank coffee just about every day.  I still drink coffee, but now I sometimes even drink it more than just once a day.  My grandparents always said that coffee was not good for me.  I have multiple state that coffee is not good for us because of all the caffeine.  This made me wonder if there were any benefits to drinking coffee other than the taste.  Can coffee have benefits for ones-self or is it all just bad for you?

After doing some research, I found that coffee does have its benefits.  One benefit is coffee can help boost the brain because coffee blocks the effects of adenosine which then increases brain activity.  Control studies have shown how the caffeine in coffee helps people's moods and brain functions.  A study was done which had 130,000 volunteers who were studied anywhere from 18-24 years.  These individual were all between the ages of 40-50.  The researchers kept track of how much coffee each person drank and took into account each person's life style.  They found that coffee does not increase the risk of cancer or death from anything.   By tracking each person's life style this accounts for any possible third variables.  So what does this mean?  That coffee is not bad like everyone once thought.  Some of the people they studied even drank up to six cups per day with no increase health risks.  

Also coffee is linked to fighting depression.  The national institutes of health along with the AARP, found that people who drink coffee are 10 percent less likely to become depressed.  The only thing about this study was it was never stated how many people were tested to prove that this could be the case.  Coffee was found to protect people from trying to commit suicide.  100,000 men and women were tested and the results showed that the risk of committing suicide lowered by fifty percent for coffee drinkers.  Studies show how coffee can even help lower the risks of getting dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's by 30 to 60 percent.   People who drink around four or more cups of coffee are suspected to not have diabetes because the antioxidants in coffee helps regulate blood sugar.  Although studies suggest that decaf coffee would be even better for this.  

So are you going to continue drinking coffee?  I say why not, so far everything that was once considered bad about coffee has been looked at again.  There are many benefits to drinking coffee.  Still more studies need to be done, but I believe there are more benefits than drawbacks to drinking coffee.   Although, like anything else, drink in moderation.  Too much of anything is not good for one person. 

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Hey Amanda, nice blog. I myself have just started drinking coffee this year to cope with my exam schedule. It definitely is useful for getting work done and has a great taste. I have looked at some of your links and found that the lack of health consequences is startling. I have always heard that coffee is bad for you but upon further examination, caffeine is useful for preventing diabetes and it also increases your metabolism. It can be useful for weight loss and brain function as well. I find that coffee has helped me prevent gaining my freshman 15 and also got me through rigorous math exams. I notice a withdrawal effect if I go a few days off the stuff. Coffee is an addiction but I don't see the downside to the addiction just yet.

Amanda, I really enjoyed reading your blog! I myself, am an avid coffee drinker and started at the young age of either 15 or 16. I had felt that coffee kept me focused and awake. Having the thermos by my side during classes also allowed me to feel more at comfort. Instead of having to listen to the professor drone on for hours about a certain subject, I could take sips in between to keep my tastebuds entertained. It seems as though other people have their own way of helping them focus. My sister, for example, makes sure to have her nails painted before class because "picking them off" during a lecture helps her stay focused. Other people rely on gum, snacks or water. So I decided to do some research to see whether or not this is just an odd habit of my sister and I, or if there is some reasoning behind it. Turns out that keeping your body busy during lectures, helps you stay awake! From cracking your knuckles to crossing your legs-little movements like that can keep your body from staying in the same position the entire class period. One article suggested to even drink water, chew on gum/suck on peppermint and even pinch your earlobes! There are different ways of concentrating inside and outside of the class. Whether its a cup of coffee or a piece of gum-you'll never run out of ways to stay awake! Check out this article for more tips...

Amanda, great posts and I enjoyed reading your blog, I too am heavy on the coffee and the funny thing is I never used to like drinking coffee until I got to college, I feel like coffee helped me stay up that extra hour when it was most important( studying wise of course)

As an avid coffee drinker, it is refreshing to see so many positive factors of coffee drinking. However, from personal experience I know that coffee does have a few imperfections. At one point I was up to almost 6 cups a day. What I didn't realize was that slowly I was beginning to get extremely bad anxiety attacks. It's unfortunate that almost everything has some disadvantage.
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