Coffee, A Double Edged Blade?

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Coffee, A Double Edged Blade?

Mclain Moon

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Coffee is one of the most common drinks out there. With countless coffee shops popping up everywhere, it’s no wonder why there’s such a big market for it. The base of all coffee is primarily Caffeine, a chemical stimulant that releases adrenaline, creating the fight or flight response. The drink has obvious ups and down but some might be less obvious.

            The Good

  •  Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Coffee drinkers have a 32–60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. The more coffee people drink, the lower the risk tends to be.
  • Coffee drinkers can have up to 84% lower risk of developing cirrhosis, a degenerative disease occurring when healthy cells in the liver are damaged and replaced by scar tissue.
  • Coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer.

            The Bad

  • Too much caffeine can cause jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and worsened panic attacks.
  • Caffeine stays in your system for several hours. After around six hours after you finish your coffee, only roughly half of the coffee will have been eliminated. This can disrupt sleeping schedules if you’ve had a cup within six hours of going to bed.
  • Chemicals found in unfiltered coffee are found to raise cholesterol levels.

 

            Sources

https://www.verywellhealth.com/can-coffee-lower-your-cholesterol-697708

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-side-effects#section10

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-good-or-bad#section13

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3777290/