Coffee Madness: 5 Benefits, Health Risks of Your Favorite Drink


MJ Gonzales │

coffee benefits, risksWith the popularity of coffee shops today, it is indeed glorious time for the coffee drinkers to sip their favorite beverage anytime they want.  In fact the stiff competition among those shops leads the way for more delicious flavors and exciting promos.  Okay that the exciting part of the subject, let’s go in the health advantages or disadvantages of it.  Let’s find out how many cups of coffee you should drink in a day or you should avoid it now.

Coffee is not totally bad for the health, particularly if your system is okay with it and if your intake is in moderation.  According to Live Science, drinking more than five cups of coffee in a day may hinder pregnancy in women and it’s similar to smoking.  So for those trying to conceive especially through vitro fertilization (IVF) try to moderate, but if you already carrying baby skip drinking coffee at once.

Live Science also reported that may be one of the factors in experiencing rapid heartbeat, muscles tremors, irritability, temporary insomnia, and stomach issue has something to do with coffee.  On’s account, consumption of this beverage causes acid reflux or acid indigestion (heartburn), and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).  So what if you drink decaffeinated coffee instead?

“Coffee is highly acidic and it can stimulate the hypersecretion of gastric acids. Decaffeinated coffee has been shown to increase acidity to a greater degree than either regular coffee or caffeine alone. Both caffeine and coffee stimulate gastric acid secretion and decaffeinated coffee raises serum gastrin levels,” imparted.

“A study comparing the ability of decaffeinated coffee with that of a high protein meal to increase gastric acid secretion and gastrin levels found that decaffeinated coffee was a more powerful stimulant of acid secretion and gastrin release than the high protein.”

The site also added that people suffering from or susceptible to ulcers should avoid caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees.  Not only that, they also suggested if you feel like you are depressed or someone you love start to find alternative drinks.

“Caffeine in coffee elevates the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine. These hormones are responsible for increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and a sense of ‘emergency alert’. Blood is diverted from the digestive system which can cause indigestion. The circulation of oxygen to the brain and extremities is decreased and the immune system is suppressed.”

Meanwhile, there are health experts who expressed advantages in drinking coffee.  According to Natural News, there are studies that suggested consumption of coffee can help to reduce your risk of heart attack (around 36%), type 2 diabetes (around 50%), migraine, progress of Alzheimer’s symptoms, and fats.  The health news site also added that 16 ounces of brewed coffee helps to alleviate migraine and headache.

Though caffeine is notorious substance, it is also the factor in coffee why it can help burn fats or boost metabolic rate up to 11 percent.

To answer question in how many recommended cup of coffee a day if you are free not prone to acidity, ulcers and other serious illness? shared maximum is 4 cups of brewed coffee or 400 milligrams a day for adults.  On the other hand, tweens and teens should only consume about 100 mg a day.