Is coffee good for you?
“So there I was in my lounge room at three in the morning watching a Mickey Mouse Club DVD on TV.
I had no idea why I was watching a Mickey Mouse Club DVD at 3 am, it was just there in the DVD player and I had no idea how to change it because our two-year-old had hidden all the remotes. So I was watching Mickey Mouse and it was surprisingly good!”
“My wife then appeared in her pyjamas and asked me why I was watching Mickey Mouse Club at three in the morning and I knew I was talking really fast about the hidden remotes and the fact that Donald Duck was a deeply realised character for a duck, and then she asked me if I’d been drinking too much coffee again.“
So yes, there’s that aspect to coffee – the overly wired aspect. The one that has you tossing and turning in bed with a racing heart while thinking “Will I ever sleep again?”
Coffee, as we all know, is a stimulant and yes, in excessive doses, it can have us talking in shorthand or just make us more wired than a Third World power pole.
Coffee misused is bad coffee and there is such a thing as caffeine overdose. Research has shown that if a 70-kilogram person drinks 70 cups of coffee at once, they may well overdose and die. Food for thought if you’re already drinking 50 cups at once; it’s time to cut back.
So can coffee actually be good for you? Let’s find out.
Coffee can stop you dying prematurely
Not that most of us have set a date, but coffee, with its myriad side effects; most particularly with type 2 diabetes, can help keep your motor running longer.
In fact, moderate coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of death from all kinds of diseases; pretty much all of them.
Coffee can be good for your liver
Studies suggest that drinking coffee can protect your liver against such nasties as cancer and cirrhosis. A healthy liver is vital for hundreds of bodily functions and can be damaged by excessive alcohol consumption and fructose.
It now seems coffee can play a major part in defending the liver against such damage.
Coffee may reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Yes, coffee can fight off anything from dementia to Parkinson’s disease. All the evidence suggests that coffee consumption really can do wonders for your brain, even in old age.
Coffee can make you smarter
Continuing the brain theme, coffee’s well-known stimulant, caffeine, can increase neuronal firing in your brain. This can improve all kinds of things from memory and mood to alertness and reaction time.