Does coffee have both good and bad benefits?

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I don't drink it every day, but about 3 to 4 cups a week. I'm curious, as to whether its more harmful than better.
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
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    I'm not sure, but I would be interested in seeing what others might know. I drink it because I read that it can help ward off Alzheimer's disease.
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    I had asthma real bad... my doctor years ago asked me.... Do you like coffee, of course i said no i can't stand the stuff... then she said you better learn to like it because from this day forth I want you to reach for a coffee instead of your puffer. That night i woke up in bad shape at 3am... leaned forward had a coffee... cleaned up, went back to bed and sound asleep. It does increase your heart speed and helps to clean out your lungs.

    I have heard of coffee, exercise and memorizing helping brain problems. I have also suffered the effects of too much coffee.... acid reflux.

    I don't think one or two a day will hurt....
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    I drink alot of coffee. Like at least several large cups a day. I know it technically eats the inside of your stomach lining, but there are worse vices.
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Coffee has a good amount of antioxidants and there have been studies that show coffee drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease than non-coffee drinkers. Just avoid all the sugar and cream. I drink mine black.
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    I don't know what a "bad benefit" is, but it sounds like something I might be in to.
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    Pros: what the above posters said.

    Caffeine is a natural thermogenic.

    Cons: Excessive drinking of coffee can yellow you teeth, and raise cortisol levels (affecting the rate of fat storage possibly?)
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidPros: what the above posters said.

    Caffeine is a natural thermogenic.

    Cons: Excessive drinking of coffee can yellow you teeth, and raise cortisol levels (affecting the rate of fat storage possibly?)


    Not to mention the diuretic effect icon_rolleyes.gif

    I personally can't go a day without my cappuccino or café con leche. I usually have just one a day.
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    2 cups in the morning
    2 cups before my workout in the late afternoon

    love it
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    Jan 30, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Two words... KIDNEY STONES! icon_eek.gificon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    InsatiableBloom saidBUMP

    I'm not sure, but I would be interested in seeing what others might know. I drink it because I read that it can help ward off Alzheimer's disease.
    And parkinsons. Which is worse.

    Ryan Andrew: Watching someone go through Kidney stones inspired me to up my water intake and reduce the diet coke. I wasn't aware coffee could contribute to kidney stones.
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    I drink it several times a day.. and lots of different teas as well... and I will drink all types of liquors and beer if I can manage it.. i just love ze sh*t zat gets brewed!
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    Jan 30, 2012 8:59 AM GMT
    coffee/caffeine does not cause kidney stones.

    I used to drink the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee between 8a-3p. never negatively affected me.
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/jan2012_Discovering-Coffees-Unique-Health-Benefits_01.htm
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    It makes me poop.
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    Jan 30, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidcoffee/caffeine does not cause kidney stones.

    I used to drink the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee between 8a-3p. never negatively affected me.


    good point though isn't the caffeine still bad?
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    Jan 30, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    i switched to drinking decaf coffee a few weeks ago and feel better after it, caffeine makes me tired for some reason
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    Jan 30, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
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    EastCoastNAZ saidcoffee/caffeine does not cause kidney stones.

    I used to drink the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee between 8a-3p. never negatively affected me.


    good point though isn't the caffeine still bad?


    too much caffeine can be detrimental. since it acts as a diuretic, it can lead to dehydration and too much caffeine is never good.
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    Jan 30, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    Where there's life, there's coffee.
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    Jan 30, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    endo saidIt makes me poop.



    me too.
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    Jan 30, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    Pros: Caffeine is a stimulant and increases mental alertness. It can also help with asthma (mild). It causes blood vessels in your head to constrict, so it can also help with some headaches.

    Cons: If you have stomach ulcers or peptic ulcer disease, caffeine will make these worse. Triggers gastric secretion. It does have a diuretic effect, though I think it would take some intense chronic use to become dehydrated. It does speed up your heart, usually does not causes problems, but depends on the person and amount.

    Headaches are common with withdrawal.
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    Jan 30, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    You should try caffeine pills or just no calorie energy drinks. Coffee stains teeth pretty badly.
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    Jan 30, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    Oh dear! First the newspapers were hammering at us, now it's RealJock. Conflicting advice on what is good for you and what isn't. I'm beginning to think that the only safe substance for healthy consumption is pure water.

    As with all other food items, there is nothing wrong with coffee as long as it is taken with moderation. I have been drinking several cups of the stuff every day for many years, so far I had no side effects.

    With eating and drinking, I keep what I believe to be the golden rule, an adequate intake of meat, vegetables, dairy products and cereal products, and you can't go far wrong. Coffee is a vegetable product, and part dairy if taken with milk.
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    Jan 30, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidOh dear! First the newspapers were hammering at us, now it's RealJock. Conflicting advice on what is good for you and what isn't. I'm beginning to think that the only safe substance for healthy consumption is pure water.


    Not if you overdo it! Aside from that whole "drowning" thing, too much water can lead to hyponatremia, an often-fatal condition where the blood's concentration of electrolytes is too low.

    Basically: lots of things, coffee included, are OK if you take them in moderation.
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    Jan 30, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    i love coffee! so it must be good for me..