The Pros and Cons of Coffee

If you drink coffee, you may be curious if it is good or bad for you. The answer is simple. It depends on how much you drink. Most health experts say that about three 8-ounce cups of coffee is a safe amount per day.

The Pros

Coffee beans are full of protective compounds, and recent research has shown that coffee may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers, may lower our risk of Parkinson's and dementia, and may boost our concentration and memory.

The Cons

You know those people who drink cup after cup of coffee every day? There may be reason to be concerned for them. Diabetes and high blood pressure can each be affected by coffee, and if someone is taking medications while drinking coffee, anxiety or insomnia can strike.

The important thing to remember when drinking coffee is that caffeine is addictive. If you love coffee and are out of it for a certain amount of time, you know that feeling of wanting that next sip. When it comes to coffee, moderation is key. If you can keep your coffee intake to three cups or less per day, try spreading out the time in between drinking your coffee.