Caffeine should be best enjoyed in moderation, Doctor explains

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The Background: An article in the Guardian newspaper does a great job talking about the benefits of coffee.
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Here's What You Need to Know:

Coffee has over 1000 compounds in it, and we're just starting to research and understand them. Dr. Neligh, French Medical Institute.
  • She talks about the fact that coffee increases alertness but also increases relaxation.
  • For some people, coffee is a way to stay awake, whereas others need coffee to fall asleep.

The Big Picture: Dr. Neligh is researching these confusing perspectives of coffee.

  • She said that they have evidence that coffee contains compounds that are good for the heart.
  • Black coffee offers protection against diabetes.
  • And coffee does not increase the risk of cancer.

But of course, with all this good news, there has to be some common sense.

"Just remember, folks, with caffeine comes calories. Don't overdo coffee with too many sugars and heavy creams and try to keep coffee consumption below 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's going to be around four to five cups a day. Oh, something that I tell my patients with high anxiety is be extra careful with how much caffeine you drink." Dr. Puja, publisher Health Stuff TO Know.

Next Steps: Benjamin Franklin get's the final word: "Everything, but do it in moderation!"

Some interesting coffee statistics:

  • Next to water and tea, coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world.
  • 44% of the world’s coffee comes from Brazil.
  • An average American spends $2,130 per year on coffee.

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Health Stuff TO Know provides digestible health & medical news from doctors. Expert information on the day's top health news. Dr. Puja Uppal is a board-certified physician. Dr. Uppal is Chief Medical Officer of Health Stuff TO Know & ThinkHealthy

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