Coffee: harm and benefit

Coffee is not bad!! - Finally, the scientists were pleased. On the contrary: all new data on the exclusive benefits of this drink comes.

coffee harm and benefitThe results of long studies in the USA, Japan and some European countries showed that those who drink 5 or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to have diabetes and heart disease. Coffeemans suffer less from stones in the kidneys and gall bladder, gout, age-related memory loss and even from ... venereal diseases.

We drink, ladies and gentlemen! So far, they have not been banned again ... So, what can the "black prince in a coffee cup" bring?


Filtered coffee (in American style), even in large quantities, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in most people. This conclusion was reached by an international team of scientists from the University of Madrid and the Harvard School of Public Health as a result of 20-year observations of 128 thousand men and women.

Researchers have noticed that passionate coffee drinkers smoke more often and abuse alcohol, less often drink tea, take vitamins and less engage in sports. But even if these circumstances are taken into account, the risk of developing a heart attack is not increased. The conclusion is obvious: coffee protects the cardiovascular system.

This is confirmed by another study, which lasted 15 years, involving more than 27,000 women aged 55 to 69 years. Drinkers on the day 1-3 cups of coffee 24% less likely to die from cardiovascular and other diseases associated with inflammation than those who did not drink coffee at all. And all this is due to the contained in the coffee antioxidants.

Attention, men! Coffee increases libido in women.

Under the influence of caffeine, the need for sex increases, so do not forget on a date to offer the lady a cup of coffee. But remember: Viagra-like action of coffee has only on those ladies who drink it from time to time, and do not consume daily and in large quantities.


The fact that coffee lovers have a lower risk of developing a second type of diabetes, our journal wrote back in 2004. And what's new is the recent discovery of Harvard scientists who found that 6 cups of coffee a day reduce the risk of diabetes for men by half, and for women by one-third.

In other words, men protect coffee from diabetes better. The study involved 125 thousand people. Literally, similar results were obtained in Holland.


A cup of coffee not only returns vivacity, but also improves memory, especially in the elderly. This conclusion was made by scientists from the University of Arizona, having conducted an experiment in a group of people older than 65 years. They tested the ability to memorize at 8 am and 4 pm. In both cases, participants drank a cup of coffee, only one with caffeine, others without. It turned out that with the use of ordinary coffee memory in the evening did not decrease.

On the way, the use of coffee for the prevention of Parkinson's disease. Doctors studied the health status of more than 8 thousand Americans of Japanese origin over 30 years and found that people who drank more than 3 cups of coffee a day got Parkinsonism 5 times less often. Similar predictions are given for Alzheimer's disease.


And yet the doubts remained: why so long did they assure us of the controversy of this drink? After all, the negative effect of coffee on the body was confirmed by no less competent and large-scale research. And this seems to have been answered.

It turns out, harm coffee for a specific person is determined by genes.

"The negative effect of coffee on the heart depends on the genetic characteristics of the individual," writes The Journal of the American Medical Association, citing a study of 4028 people conducted by an international team of scientists from the University of Toronto, the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Costa Rica .

Caffeine is "processed" with the help of enzymes, whose work is controlled by a special gene. Depending on its variant, the cleavage of caffeine in different people can flow faster and slower.

Genetic tests showed that in carriers of a "slow" version of the gene, the risk of developing a myocardial infarction increased with each cup of coffee drunk. And the owners of the "fast" gene, who drank up to 3 cups of coffee a day, the risk of heart attack was even lower than those who consumed less than a cup daily.

"One cup of coffee a day will not do any harm regardless of genetic characteristics," the author of the study Ahmed al-Sohemi said. "But more coffee can be harmful, so people who do not know which version of the gene they carry are better observe moderation. "

We would add: if you do not like coffee, then do not get yourself drunk. In the end, we, coffeemans, will get more!


Coffee increases the effectiveness of antibiotics This conclusion was made by Iranian scientists from the University of Mashhad. After adding caffeine to the antibiotic, the action of the medicine on the Pseudomonas aeruginosa increased 2-fold, and on staphylococcus a 4-fold increase.

Coffee is not contraindicated in pregnancy A future mother can safely drink 3 cups a day, without fear for the health of the baby. Provided, of course, that pregnancy proceeds without complications.

Coffee protects against gout According to a study that was conducted in the United States for six years and covered 50,000 men, 4 or more cups of coffee a day reduce the risk of developing gout by 40%.

Caffeine relieves muscle pain Scientists from the University of Georgia recommend during the first week of sports to drink 2 cups of coffee before a workout. This helps reduce sensitivity to muscle pain.

Coffee protects against cirrhosis Each additional cup of coffee a day reduces the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 22%. To such conclusions came the American scientists who published a report on the study of 125,580 men and women in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Coffee reduces the harm from smoking Risk of cancer of the bladder in smokers increased by 7 times. But if a person is an active consumer of coffee, the risk rises only 3 times. These data were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. True, oncologists recall that the best method of preventing bladder cancer is a complete cessation of smoking.