Coffee: Friend or Foe?

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Any Collegiette knows that the best to get through late nights and early mornings is coffee. Whether it be hot, iced, or Pumpkin Spice, in college a girl relies upon coffee almost as much as her BFF. But is drinking all that coffee harmful or actually good for you? Coffee used to get a bad rep. for being just a stimulant in which drinking too much of could have bad effects. But lately, new research has indicated differently. Check out the new benefits of coffee that have recently been discovered:

  • Drinking it an hour to thirty minutes before a workout can help you push through the most difficult part of your workout.
  • Coffee is filled with several antioxidants.
  • According to Woman’s Health, drinking a cup or two of coffee a day can lower your chances of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, as well as several other diseases, including diabetes.
  • A Harvard study recently showed that women who regularly drink coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than nondrinkers.

It is important to note that even with all of the benefits of coffee, these only hold when you’re drinking 1 to 2 cups a day. Drinking too much coffee, such as over 4 cups a day, can actually cause problems like anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, while also erasing any potential health benefits.  It’s important to not drink sugar-laden coffee drinks everyday as well, which can not only be highly caloric, but also may increase the chances of diabetes due to the excessive amounts of sugar. Now go ahead and have your iced coffee every morning, and some milk or a little sweetener, and don’t feel one bit guilty!

 

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