The Positive and Negative Health Effects of Coffee

by Chloe Bubion

As college students, relying on coffee to get you through the day, night, and even week is normal.  What many do not realize are the benefits and risks that come along with the caffeinated drink of choice.

According to the number of college students who drink coffee has increased by 14% in the past 10 years. With so many relying on coffee, it is important to know what are the possible side effects.

The Good

Numerous studies have shown that there are several health benefits to drinking coffee, such as…

▪   Preventing Alzheimer’s disease

▪   Protecting the liver

▪   Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes

▪   Reducing depression in women

▪   Fighting colorectal cancer

The Bad

According to some of the negative effects coffee can have on the body include…

▪   Increased cholesterol (the bad kind, mainly associated with unfiltered coffee)

▪   Raised blood pressure levels

▪   Increased risk factors for stroke, heart disease and peripheral vascular disease

▪   Dehydration

▪   Headaches, fatigue, anxiety and drowsiness — caused by caffeine withdrawal

Before you reach for another sip of your coffee, remember these important positives and negatives that come along with it. 

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