The effect of coffee on healthFor a long time it was thought that regular consumption of coffee was not beneficial to health, but it is now being recognized that this is not true at all – on the contrary. Thus, more and more studies say that the dark elixir has a beneficial effect on some diseases.
If you search the Internet for information on the subject of coffee, you will come across countless studies. This includes an increasing amount of scientific research on the effects of the pick-me-up bean on health.
One may marvel at this fact. But after all, this is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Coffee consumption is also increasing in Germany. According to the German Coffee Association, each German citizen consumes an average of 166 liters of coffee per year.
Many myths surround coffee
he fear that coffee would significantly damage health was undisputed for a long time, and today many people still believe this, although it is now repeatedly found that coffee consumption in moderation has many positive effects on the organism.
Thus, many myths have proven to be unfounded. Scientists have tracked down some of them in a review published in the "New England Journal of Medicine", as the arztezeitung recently reported. Among other things, concerns that coffee is harmful to the heart are unfounded: "Drinking six standard cups of filter coffee per day has been shown to be safe from a cardiovascular point of view, even for patients with heart disease.
Because it is so popular, coffee is one of the most frequently analyzed foods. According to experts, it is definitely part of a balanced diet due to the many beneficial ingredients it contains.
A moderate consumption of three to five cups, on the other hand, seems to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. The amption that coffee promotes atrial fibrillation has now also been refuted.
Likewise the statement that coffee dehydrates, was by no means confirmed by the review authors. "High caffeine consumption can stimulate urine excretion," they say. Even with longer intake of moderate doses (≤400 milligrams/day), however, no negative effects on the water balance could have been determined at all," the arztezeitung states the conclusion of the scientists.
And what about cancer?
Above all, the belief that coffee is carcinogenic has been contradicted by numerous studies. "The results of many prospective cohort studies provided strong evidence that coffee consumption was not associated with an increase in cancer incidence or an increased rate of death from cancer," the review authors summarized. "On the contrary, coffee appears to be protective against some cancers, at least intake is associated with a slightly lower risk of melanoma, non-melanotic skin tumors, breast cancer and prostate cancer," the arztezeitung comments on the findings. There are also corresponding indications for endometrial carcinomas and hepatocellular tumors.
Not least for the liver coffee is also a good thing. Consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung also classifies coffee as healthier than thought: "The effects of caffeine on the heart and blood vessels are. The skepticism often expressed about the effects of caffeine on health deserves to be revised. Especially filtered, caffeinated coffee has a remarkable positive effect on health." By the way, one should be careful not to reduce coffee to its main ingredient, caffeine, recommends the paper. The reason: "In addition to caffeine, coffee contains hundreds of other biologically active natural substances, including polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid and lignans, the alkaloid trigonelline, melanoidins formed during roasting, and small amounts of magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B3."These compounds could alleviate oxidative stress, positively influence the gut microbiome, and modulate glucose and lipid metabolism."It is also known, however, that the diterpene cafestol, which is contained in unfiltered coffee, can increase serum cholesterol levels.
Coffee as a therapeutic approach
Even in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who suffer from fatigue (chronic fatigue syndrome), scientists at the University Hospital of Regensburg have investigated coffee or caffeine as a therapeutic approach. About it reports the German Green Cross e. V. (DGK), whose statutory mission is to protect people, animals and the environment from harm, and which is working on the topic of coffee with the support of the German Coffee Association e. V. has set itself the task of establishing a special platform through which medical professionals in particular can be informed about new and well-founded scientific study results on the subject of coffee effects. "From the results obtained, the researchers conclude that coffee consumption could represent a therapeutic approach for selected patients with MS-related fatigue syndrome," the DGK experts describe. However, further studies would need to be conducted on this ie with a larger number of MS patients.
There are even more disease patterns that are favorably influenced by coffee consumption. "The popular beverage is now one of the best-studied foods in the world," DGK explains. "And new findings are coming out all the time. Even as a doctor or medical expert, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all this."
Of particular interest is a recently published Brazilian study that looked at the relationship between coffee consumption and all-cause mortality in patients with a previous acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina. "The data came from the ERICO study (Sao Paulo, Brazil), which involved a total of 928 patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS)," explains the coffee association, commenting, "In summary, the results of the ERICO cohort suggest that moderate coffee consumption in ACS patients may help reduce the risk of mortality, especially in nonsmokers."However, consumption of significantly higher amounts of coffee may increase the risk of mortality in smoker-ACS patients. Results of this and previous studies support the hypothesis that coffee may have protective effects. Again, further research is needed to investigate the potentially beneficial effects of coffee consumption on acute coronary syndrome, he said.
"Thanks to increasingly precise analytical methods, science has already been able to identify more than 1.Detect 000 different ingredients in coffee. These include, for example, vitamins and minerals, proteins and fats, a variety of acids, and high levels of antioxidants," the coffee association summarizes. Many of these ingredients have positive effects on the human organism, which is why coffee should definitely be part of a balanced diet.
Nevertheless, too much caffeine consumption can also have adverse effects. For this reason, limits of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day – one cup contains about 80 to 100 milligrams of caffeine – are recommended for adults, while pregnant and breastfeeding women should make do with 200 milligrams per day. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung reminds of this and points out that due to interindividual variations in metabolism and sensitivity to caffeine, a lower or slightly higher amount may be appropriate in individual cases. "Current evidence does not justify the recommendation to consume caffeine or coffee for disease prevention," the experts conclude. On the other hand, for adults who are not pregnant or breastfeeding and who have no specific health problems, moderate coffee or tea consumption may be part of a healthy lifestyle.
As you can see, drinking coffee is certainly not wrong. The many scientific evidences encourage to consume regularly – even if moderately – the delicious beverage without hesitation. Although the FACTS editorial team is not in a position to contribute to the medical investigations. It simply lacks. Simply any competence. However, since coffee plays an important role in the daily lives of office workers – either because they like it or because they appreciate the caffeine kick – it seems an interesting task to the editors to examine the offers of coffee providers for the office area. This is what they will soon be doing as part of a covert bidding process. Be curious about the results. Till then, up with the cups and well bekomm's.