Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Setting the record straight - Coffee is Good for you!

By Brian Bainscott

Was your wrong? A Plethora of new medical studies shows Coffee may be a miracle beverage.

Did your mom tell you Coffee would stunt your growth? Mine did. I'm 6' 5" now. Maybe I didn't drink enough.

Generations of doctors and supposed health experts have been warning us of the evils of coffee. Coffee has been accused of slowing children's growth, causing cancer, and other maladies.

However, several recent studies have determined that coffee is good for you. Medical authorities like JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, have produced detailed studies showing coffee to be highly beneficial to your health.

Several studies have shown:

Drinking 6 to 8 cups of coffee each day can help protect you from Multiple Sclerosis.

* Drinking coffee every day helps to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

* Men who drink coffee lower their risk of Gallstone disease.

* Parkinson's Disease has a significantly lower occurrence in men who drink coffee.

* Abstinence from coffee leads to "a compression of mortality rather than an increase in lifespan." I.e., if you don't drink coffee you're likely to die sooner!

Is coffee bad for your health? Drinking a lot of coffee can be bad for you, but, drinking a lot of soda or fruit juice can be bad for you too. Coffee is acidic, and drinking too much can hurt your teeth. But, it's slightly more acidic than water, and not as acidic as fruit juice or milk. People who are pregnant, or have some specific medical problems may be advised to abstain from coffee, but for most people, a reasonable amount of approximately 300 mg, about 6 cups of coffee, is perfectly fine.

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