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I love coffee. In fact, I had my personal brand of Drift coffee called Godsent Brew. I packed it on my own into a nice packaging and sold it to fellow coffee drinkers. Coffee lovers out there love my brand – it is clean, pure, aromatic, and fresh from the highlands of Cordillera. What interests me most about coffee is the surprising health benefits of it. Yet, I am also cautious since I also know that it has its bad effects. So in this blog post, let us deal with them.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee, one of the world’s most popular beverages, is not just a morning pick-me-up. It offers several health benefits that you may not be aware of. Here are the top 3 of those benefits.

1. Boosts brain function: Coffee contains caffeine, a natural stimulant that enhances focus, alertness, and cognitive function. Studies have shown that it can improve memory and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

2. Rich in antioxidants: Coffee is a major source of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in the body. Antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

3. Improves physical performance: The caffeine in coffee stimulates the nervous system, signaling fat cells to break down body fat. It also increases adrenaline levels, which can improve physical performance by boosting endurance and reducing fatigue.

The Effects of Excessive Coffee Intake

While moderate coffee consumption has its benefits, excessive intake can lead to certain side effects. Here are three of them.

1. Insomnia: The stimulating effects of caffeine can interfere with sleep, leading to insomnia or restless sleep patterns. It is important to limit coffee consumption, especially in the evening.

2. Digestive issues: Coffee can stimulate the production of stomach acid, which may cause digestive problems such as acid reflux, heartburn, and stomach ulcers in some individuals.

3. Increased heart rate and blood pressure: Coffee can temporarily increase heart rate and blood pressure, which can be problematic for individuals with existing heart conditions or hypertension. It is advisable to monitor your coffee intake if you have such health concerns.

In Conclusion

Coffee offers numerous health benefits, from enhancing brain function to reducing the risk of chronic diseases. However, excessive consumption can lead to sleep disturbances, digestive issues, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. It is important to enjoy coffee in moderation and be mindful of your individual tolerance. As with any dietary choice, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or underlying health conditions.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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