Coffee consumption has been linked to a number of health benefits, as well as some potential risks.
- Improved mental function: Caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, is a stimulant that can help improve mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes: Studies have shown that regular coffee consumption may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Lower risk of Parkinson’s disease: Some studies have found that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system.
- Lower risk of liver disease: Regular coffee consumption has been linked to a lower risk of developing liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer.
- Lower risk of heart disease: Some studies suggest that moderate coffee consumption may lower the risk of developing heart disease.
- Caffeine addiction: Coffee consumption can lead to caffeine addiction, which can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and fatigue when consumption is reduced or stopped.
- Insomnia: Consuming coffee too close to bedtime can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to insomnia.
- Stomach upset: Excessive coffee consumption can cause stomach upset, such as acid reflux and stomach ulcers.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure: High consumption of coffee can increase heart rate and blood pressure, which can be harmful for people with hypertension.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: High caffeine intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding may increase the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight.
It’s important to remember that these benefits and risks are associated with moderate coffee consumption which is considered to be up to 3 cups per day. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional about what is appropriate for you.
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