Friday, June 01, 2007

Drinking coffee

I'm a coffee person. I like it black and hot, or latte with ice.

So it's nice to see another research saying that drinking coffee may help prevent gout - knowing I will soon be the typical "gout at-risk" segment (men, age 40+).

Then I found this article of 7 good reasons to drink coffee (gout was recently added).

  1. Cut the Pain
    Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007 (link).
  2. Increase your fiber intake
    A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. From the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (link).
  3. Protection against cirrhosis of the liver
    Of course you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link).
  4. Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link).
  5. Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease
    There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. From the European Journal of Neurology (link).
  6. Reduces suicide risk
    10 year study of 86,000 female nurses show a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link).
  7. Protection against Parkinson’s
    People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. Just make sure you don’t get lung cancer on the way. From the Archives of Neurology (link).
And also a research that shows that coffee may boost a woman’s sex drive (there's a catch).

Of course, there are cons about drinking coffee. The article "Coffee: to drink or not to drink" has both pros and cons. Interestingly, the first pros is "There are scientific studies that refute most if not all of the above listed negative effects".

But just like anything else, I believe consuming too much coffee is not good either.