I live for the delicious, rich taste of coffee.
If you’re a java fan, you know exactly what I mean.
But there is one BIG downside to a coffee habit.
It’s not the rising price of beans. It’s not even all the “specialty” shops ruining coffee with their weird sugary concoctions.
Seriously, can you even TASTE the coffee in those things?
No the real problem with coffee is the endless lectures you have to suffer through: Watch your coffee! Don’t drink too much! Coffee is bad for you!
Even my dentist gets on my back about how much java I drink!
Sometimes, the best way to take your coffee isn’t with cream. It’s with earbuds in so you can’t hear all those nags.
To be clear, coffee ISN’T bad for you. It’s not only a great eye-opener, but it’s also a nearly perfect health tonic.
People who drink it live longer, healthier lives, and I’ll share why in a moment.
But first, a lot of folks ask me if you can get too much of this GOOD thing. And I have an answer.
How much coffee is TOO much?
We all know someone who brews enough to open up a Starbucks.
I’ve got a friend who ALWAYS has a pot of coffee brewing. Doesn’t matter what time it is. Day or night, the coffee’s always on at her house.
Frankly, I don’t know how she sleeps!
Well, it turns out SHE might be overdoing it.
Don’t panic just yet. New research finds you can drink a LOT of coffee without risk. But like everything else, there IS a limit: You’ll get a bunch of benefits with every mug… until your sixth.
After that, the benefits cool off, and your risks start to rise.
But if you’re a java junkie like me, relax.
Because if you’re having a rough day and pour a sixth… seventh… or even an eighth mug, you might end up with the jitters. But you’re NOT going to get heart disease as a result.
This six-cup limit is an average – a risk that applies if you drink that much coffee EVERY day.
I’m not even sure if my friend with her always-ready-to-go pot-o-jo drinks that much on a day-to-day basis!
Your favorite brew is GOOD for you
So don’t fear the coffee.
Enjoy it. Every sip is packed with:
- Caffeine: Which can enhance your brain and protect your heart
- Antioxidants: Which can fight off aging and free radical damage
- B vitamins: Again, great for brain and heart alike
- Niacin: A B vitamin that can help protect against heart attack
Thanks to those nutrients, java fans have a lower risk of heart attack, dementia, Parkinson’s, and even cancer.
With all of those benefits, it’s no wonder that studies have shown that coffee drinkers are 15 percent less likely to die prematurely, and 20 percent less likely to die of a heart attack.
I’ll raise my mug to that! Join me?
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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