Coffee – Could Starbucks Save Your Life?
If you’re one of those women who seem to subsist solely on your double expressos, you might be very cheered by the news that as it turns out, coffee can actually be very good for you. Those who have suffered from migraines probably already know that, however, since caffeine is a primary ingredient this this type of medication. However, it may come as a pleasant surprise to note that, according to researchers at Harvard, it can also relieve depression and reduce your odds of dying of heart disease by up to 25%.
While this is hardly permission granted to run right out and drink a whole pot of coffee, there seems to be solid proof that the humble coffee bean can actually combat the blues. However, too much coffee might make things worse mentally, and might also increase your insulin levels in your body. How much, then, is too much coffee? According to Harvard, women who drink more than four cups of coffee see the most benefits for their mood elevation. The Mayo Clinic warns against this much caffeine, however, and states that over 600 milligrams – or over four cups – will not just give you the jitters and make you have to pee all day, but will also cause an upset stomach and an accelerated heartbeat.
In coffee’s defense, however, it can do much more than just wake you up and keep you cheerful. Compelling research indicates that there is a distinct possibility that it can also keep you alive as well. The American Association for Cancer Research revealed that studies have shown that coffee reduced your risks of developing certain cancerous tumors by 39%. In this study, four or more cups of coffee was the amount used, so evidently high amounts of caffeine were needed. It also indicated that men who drank coffee heavily reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 60%.
Essentially, you will need to find a happy balance between the benefits and the pitfalls of consuming large amounts of coffee. If you already enjoy a lot of java, here is your permission to keep doing it, because it just might save your life. However, it is not recommended that you quickly increase your consumption or you might overdose on caffeine – an unpleasant experience. It is best to have the most coffee early in the day to avoid insomnia, and avoid coffee at least two hours before bedtime.