Is Coffee Good For You?



Is coffee good for you?

R. Pragada, Staff Writer

People all over the world drink coffee. In the morning, through the night, whenever they feel like drinking it. According to a study, 83.2% of teens drink caffeinated beverages regularly. But are coffees and other caffeinated drinks good for high school students?

Some teens drink coffee to stay awake and upbeat to study into the night. While this seems like a good reason for people to drink coffee religiously, coffee has many downsides if not limited. 

Coffee is rich in many of the nutrients found in coffee beans. A typical 8-ounce cup of coffee can contain manganese, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and a plethora of other vitamins. Coffee also has a high content of antioxidants. Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Sure, soft drinks, tea, and other drinks contain caffeine, but coffee is the largest source. Coffee is known as a stimulant. It blocks the function of a neurotransmitter called adenosine. By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases activity in your brain and reduces tiredness. So as a result, you feel more energized and alert. It can lead to a short-term boost in brain function. Coffee can improve your mood and your general brain functions. However, drinking coffee everyday and in large amounts will lead to your body building up a tolerance for caffeine which makes these effects less powerful each time. 

Coffee can increase insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder where you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Coffee can also cause nervousness and restlessness, depending on the amount of caffeine you drink. Stomach aches, nausea, and vomiting can also be effects of caffeinated coffee. Coffee can temporarily raise blood pressure. Too much coffee can cause anxiety in people with panic or anxiety disorders. 

However, coffee of the right amounts, was found to have been linked to some benefits. For example, a moderate amount of coffee is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and depression. 

So, what’s the true answer? Is coffee good for you or harmful to your health?

It has been labeled a controversial topic. But all in all, despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of good things to go with the bad things. 

According to a professional study, the time you drink your coffee combined with the amount you imbibe all plays a part in whether the coffee you drink will benefit your health or harm it. 

If you’re unsure about whether you’re consuming a moderate amount, take this quiz!