Drinking moderate coffee is healthy. One or two cups of coffee a day appear to be beneficial for health, with the beverage being the primary source of anti-oxidants in the US, says a new study. Researchers lead by Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has found that coffee provides more than just a morning jolt.
A steaming cup of coffee also is a number one source of anti-oxidants. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, says Vinson. Anti-oxidants in general have been linked o a number of potential health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. Besides keeping one alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, according to some recently published studies.
But there’s also a downside: excessive drinking of coffee can make us jittery and cause stomach pains, while some studies have tied it to elevated blood pressure and heart rates. Thus, anything in excess is always harmful.