Controversial Coffee Research

Medium to heavy coffee drinkers may achieve negligible increases in alertness due to their tolerance to caffeine. Good thing I have only a couple of small cups a day. For the health benefits.

European researchers argue their results demonstrate that “medium to heavy” coffee drinkers receive no additional alertness from coffee – the sole benefit is avoiding headaches and withdrawal symptoms. Good thing I’m only a moderate coffee drinker – a couple of cups a day is my limit. Hopefully, that will be enough to accrue all the other health benefits of coffee and live into my second century:

“Coffee….over the decades some 19,000 studies have been conducted on coffee and its impact on health. So far studies indicate that coffee can lower your risk of diabetes, reduce the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease by 80% as well as lower your risk of colon cancer and lower the risk of developing cavities. Coffee has also been found to lift your mood and effectively treat headaches. I have always loved coffee but the cup I am drinking right now never tasted better! There is also evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable. Another added bonus is that coffee can be a great boost to athleticism. According to researcher Terry Graham, PhD, of the University of Guelph in Canada, what caffeine does is stimulate the brain and nervous system to do things differently. So it can help you to ignore fatigue, use extra muscles and it may even cause muscles to produce a stronger contraction. So if you like to exercise in the morning don’t forget your coffee!”

Check out the article, “Centenarian Secrets” for more great health tips. Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds. Click through for author Sarah Hoyt’s take as well.

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