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Understanding Basic Health Facts

Is it safe to drink coffee often?

The general consensus among scientists is that coffee is perfectly safe as long as it is consumed in moderation. A healthy amount of consumption per day is considered to be equal to two to three 8oz. cups of brewed coffee.
Does high caffeine intake have a connection with osteoporosis?

There has been no direct connection that proves coffee/caffeine drinkers are more at risk for osteoporosis. It is recommended, however, that women who drink coffee often (about five or more cups of coffee a day) should make it a point to drink more milk, just to be safe.

Are caffeine drinkers at a greater risk of high blood pressure?
Researchers have differed in their opinions on the matter, but recent studies find no correlation with caffeine causing a change in blood pressure -- even in people with mild hypertension. Caffeine does increase the heart rate, and as with most things in life, too much can be hazardous. But normal coffee and caffeine consumption seems to not be connected with high blood pressure.
Can drinking too much coffee give you cancer?

No. If anything, some studies have shown that coffee helps prevent certain cancers and other problems. Regular coffee drinkers have lower chances of getting colon cancer. There is even some research conducted that supports regular coffee consumption to slightly reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's Disease, kidney stones, and gallstone disease.

Coffee also contains high amounts of antioxidants (nearly four times more antioxidants than green tea) which is great for the body's health. Antioxidants are said to have properties that help prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke!

Is caffeine addictive?

Many who drink coffee on a regular basis are known to have minor discomfort when they don't get their usual caffeine fix. Usually the drinker who doesn't get his or her daily coffee will suffer headaches from the withdrawal. However, it is not officially classified as an addictive drug.

Can a person become dependent on caffeine?
Drug dependence experts do no classify caffeine as addictive, nor does the body grow dependent on it. However, another aspect to investigate is the dependency through the psychological state. Many people feel they need to drink coffee due to other outside problems such as poor time management and stress from over-working.
© Bridget M. Carey 2004