If you’ve been wondering if your coffee habit is a cause for concern, it is time to put your fears to rest. Scientists have been conducting a multitude of studies on the health risks and benefits of coffee, and the results weigh pretty heavily in favour of drinking up.

What The Science Is Saying

Studies from all over the world have linked drinking around 2-4 cups of coffee a day with a decreased risk of a range of scary illnesses. These include Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer, basal cell carcinoma, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, oral cancer, stroke, and liver disease. The risk of suicide is also dramatically decreased in coffee drinkers, and women in particular are at a much lower risk of depression while they are drinking coffee.
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Another interesting find is that the caffeine in coffee gives you increased muscle strength, and strengthens your DNA. Studies have shown consuming coffee has a similar effect to doing exercise in sedentary people.
These health benefits come on top of the other well known benefits of coffee, such as increased alertness and productivity both in the office and on the sports field.

So Why All The Negativity?

With all these fantastic reasons for coffee drinking, you may well be asking yourself why you thought of coffee as a guilty pleasure. Maybe the sugar, flavouring, or cream that is added is really the cause for concern – just swap to black coffee, or ask for skim milk.

Another reason for the anti-coffee attitude might just be linked to its (minor) drawbacks. Everybody knows that if a regular coffee drinker misses a few cups in the morning, they will end up with a headache and a bad mood by lunchtime. On top of that, people who occasionally overdo it feel symptoms of a mild overdose – nausea, dehydration, anxiety, and just generally feeling racey.

When To Drink, When Not To Drink

Perhaps these common side effects have given coffee a bad rep – but they seem like a small price to pay for protection against such a variety of life threatening diseases.
In any case, a recent study shows that picking and choosing what time of day you take your coffee can help reduce the risk of running into these problems.

Drinking coffee when your brain is producing less cortisol (the chemical that makes you feel awake) means that your coffee will have a better effect and is less likely to result in the body learning a tolerance to caffeine. These drops in cortisol happen around 10:30am, and 3:30pm, so this is the ideal time for a cuppa.

So, armed with information on the benefits, and ideal times of day to be consuming coffee, stop holding yourself back and treat yourself to your favourite brew this afternoon!

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