Coffee: More Than a Bean

By Alexandra Pettit, AZFB Communications Intern

Coffee, the wonderful magic in a cup that kicks off each day with a pick me up.  This cup of joe might have more added benefits than you think.

Biased on a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, coffee may reduce the risk of illnesses like Parkinson’s, liver disease, type two diabetes, and may even decrease depression.  There has even been a recent study conducted by the American Journal of Kidney Disease, stating that coffee has been shown to decrease the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease.  The caffeine in coffee kicks off a small increase in one’s blood pressure and helps the blood vessels function better. It’s a healthy way to get the blood pumping quickly.

Note of Caution

With these benefits come some caution. As recommended by the National Kidney Foundation, the normal consumption of coffee should be 8oz. however, most Americans kick their day off with anywhere from 12 to 24 oz for one cup (Starbucks Size). This is where the problem lies. When you drink increased amounts of coffee to an elevation in cholesterol, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease can occur.  You shouldn’t be drinking two or more cups of coffee a day.

In the end, I feel that coffee has its own health benefits but just like anything else in moderation.  So tomorrow morning, when you’re pouring that cup of coffee, remember the added benefits disappear when you go for that third cup.



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