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Caffeine Fix

By: Luisa MamaradloCaffeine Fix

Coffee is said to be one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is a well-sought beverage among students who look for a healthier boost to their mornings after staying up late working on school requirements, during class or any activity which requires their full attention.

Coffee drinks are so popular among students nowadays that it has become one of the most profitable businesses recognized worldwide. Most cafes are set up as research or review places providing internet connection, sockets to charge devices such as laptops and, of course, stimulating caffeine-infused beverages to partner snacks to fuel a student’s growing mind and body.

Coffee shops are not the only places where you consume beverages. It also provides a place where you can study, conduct group meetings, and socialize with friends after a long day at school. Hence, in the Philippines alone, international coffee shop chains proliferate in the vicinity of universities or academic institutions.

Caffeine, the main ingredient in coffee, is a mild stimulant that produces an invigorating effect in the body. It is also said to go hand-in-hand with college. Coffee’s stimulating effect in the body keeps you alert, enhances your capacity to study, and positively affects your mood. Coffee is also said to sharpen your memory and aids in your performance in everyday tasks in school.

Drinking coffee may be one step in your routine to start your day, but such effects may be addictive to others that it resulted in various studies that determine how much coffee affects your overall health.

A 2017 umbrella study by researchers from the University of Southampton and published in The British Medical Journal revealed that coffee drinkers are less likely to acquire or die from heart and liver diseases. Based on their observation of 220 cases, they found that those who drink coffee at least 3-5 cups a day have a lower percentage of developing or dying from heart attacks or stroke than those who do not drink coffee.

Previous studies also linked coffee drinking to lower rates of stomach and neurological illnesses such as cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. In addition, the study led by scientist Robin Poole discussed the probability of an 18% lower risk of incident cancer. Coffee is known to be infused with antioxidants, an ingredient which is said to combat cancer and prevent aging and weight gain.

While there are studies to prove the benefits of antioxidants, doctors advise coffee drinkers that in order to experience the good effects of your caffeinated beverages, it will be best to consume coffee in a healthier manner. That means lessening the amount of sugar, cream or milk in your cup and avoiding the carbohydrates or sugar-loaded pastries or snacks you typically would eat along with your coffee.

“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at three to four cups a day, and more likely to benefit health than harm,” according to an excerpt of the study quoted by Independent.

The 2017 study also resulted with an editorial from Dr. Eliseo Guallar, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who reassured and described coffee drinking as a ‘relatively healthy habit.’ However, he explained there are still not enough findings to prove how you should drink your coffee to experience the full health benefits.

Negative effects of drinking coffee discovered in the 2017 study affected women. The research revealed that women who drink more coffee are prone to develop fractures, while pregnant women have higher risks of miscarriages, premature births, and babies born with low weights.

However, according to Poole and Guallar: “The findings [in the 2017 study] don’t go far enough to prompt anyone to change their coffee-drinking habits in the hopes of improving their health.” Therefore, no claims have been made to suggest that people who don’t drink coffee should start in hopes of lowering their risk of heart disease nor does it support the idea that current coffee drinkers should drink even more coffee to further the supposed benefits they might be receiving. “Too much coffee, the data suggest, starts to bend the benefit curve back down.”

They hope further studies should look deeper to determine the type and amount of coffee that will yield the best health results in your body.

Overall, coffee is a drink to be enjoyed in moderation. It should also complement your lifestyle, which should compose a good diet and exercise to boost not only energy but the entirety of your health.

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