Does Coffee Promote Health?

Is there a positive or negative link between coffee and health? Some studies have found that coffee consumption may be linked to a decrease in cardiovascular mortality and overall mortality in adults. Other studies have shown that coffee may have other health benefits such as protection against type 2 diabetes, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee also contains a variety of antioxidants. A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains:

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 1% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA

However, coffee contains caffeine which can increase the risk of heart disease in people who cannot metabolize coffee quickly. It may also disrupt sleep. Too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations and may even induce panic attacks. Caffeine is an addictive substance, and those who do not get their daily fix may experience symptoms of withdrawal such as irritability, headaches, fatigue, and sudden mood changes. Therefore, it’s recommended that you consume coffee in moderation. Limit your daily coffee intake or consider brewing a lighter roast in order to prevent negative health effects. Always keep in mind that moderation is key.