Coffee may be good for us. The October 3, 2015 Science News Magazine has a cover with "JAVA The buzz on Coffee's health benefits"and a splashing cup of coffee. The story inside is titled,"The Beneficial Bean". Read the whole thing if you can find a copy. I will put a brief summary below, but it will leave out much that is worth reading.
The chemicals in coffee: Caffeine, Polyphenols, Diterpenes, and Trigonelline all have beneficial effects. Caffeine reduces liver fibrosis, slows heart and liver damage, and may counter Parkinson's dementia and depression, and boosts feel-good dopamine. Polyphenols (chlorogenic acids, caffeic acid) reduce liver fibrosis, boost DNA repair, may fend off blood clots, boost metabolic efficiency, lower blood pressure (offsetting fleeting blood pressure-boosting of caffeine), act as a demethylating agents, and lessen intestinal injury from free radicals. Diterpenes (cafestol and kahweol) fight certain carcinogens, Reduce liver DNA adducts, boot level of glutatione, an anti-oxidant that prevents liver damage, target and kill mosthelioma cells in lung tissue, Kahweol is anti-inflammatory and cuts blood flow to tumors, but, both can also lead to higher levels of bad cholesterol(LDL). Trigonelline is an antioxidant, lowers blood sugar, and may have brain benefits.
Coffee in varying levels has different effects, so check the article, but seems to reduce odds of Parkinson's disease. Dementia with mild cognitive impairment progression may be reduced by drinking coffee. Polyphenols may also help memory. Women drinking coffee were shown to have less depression risk and suicide rates fall with caffeinated coffee consumption. Effect of caffeine on blood pressure is mixed with more consumption showing less increase possibly because of other chemicals in coffee. A 2010 study found that coffee drinkers were 29 percent less likely to have a stroke compared with coffee avoiders. Kidney filtration efficiency were improved with coffee drinking, but not by green tea.
So, those of us who start the day off with a cup or two of coffee probably aren't hurting ourselves and may actually be making us more healthy. But again, read the article for more information on above processes and caveats I may have missed.
And, while it has little relation to the science above, Doug Lund at KELO lets us know more about drinking coffee with THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP.
****Stay tuned even if you can't drink coffee loaded with cream and sugar and dishwater weak--- Doug Wiken