Despite coffee’s doubtless popularity, the question rises, if the health benefits derived from its consumption exceed any likely negative effects.
Coffee has been found to reduce the likelihood of moderate drinkers to develop a series of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, it assists the overall toning and relaxation, contrary to the common belief, of the human body. Since coffee is rich in antioxidants, it can play a preventive role in the development of many diseases, by assisting the effectiveness of the immune system. Of course one of the most known effects of coffee on humans is associated with its ability to stimulate the brain and accelerate its operation.
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On the other hand, findings based on observations made on patients by health professionals, and research, conducted by researchers and academics, cast a shadow of doubt on the impact of coffee on health. The biggest concern is based on the fact that excessive drinking of coffee leads to the development of the syndrome of caffeine dependence, associated with symptoms of sleep disorders, nervousness, frequent urination, tachycardia, muscle spasms, and oversensitivity.
However, even if somebody decides and manages to cease his/her coffee intake, then he/she is most likely to show even worse symptoms, such as the syndrome of withdrawal, which is caused by the shortage of caffeine in the body. Other usual symptoms, observed during the period of abstinence from caffeine can result in severe headaches and a feeling of exhaustion. Exhaustion is part of the withdrawal syndrome and it is because, over-stimulation is not there anymore, and this retardation of the pace of the human body’s functions is interpreted as a feeling of exhaustion. The already harsh condition worsens when drinking coffee is combined with smoking. This proves to be a deadly combination.
As in many other issues, the truth lies somewhere in between the two extremes. We have to discover the golden mean. In the case of health concerns arising from drinking coffee, as opposed to the health benefits deriving from its consumption, the golden mean is translated into moderate consumption and it makes sense that, if one faces the aforementioned illness symptoms, he/she should reduce or even stop drinking coffee at all. In extreme cases, visiting a GP is highly advisable, though the decision to cut down on coffee always lies on us.