Coffee: wonder or woe?
It has been highly debated whether regularly drinking coffee is as bad for you as had previously been believed. Consuming large quantities of caffeine can have negative effects on sleep patterns, women’s fertility, and withdrawal can induce fatigue, depression and nervous disorders. It has been found, however, that coffee can also have numerous positive health effects. Being derived from a plant, it is unsurprising that coffee contains vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and antioxidants. In fact, recent studies indicate that coffee consumption can provide protection against certain cancers, such as skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma), liver cancer, aggressive prostate cancer, and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. Furthermore, it is thought to lessen the pain of exercise, combat cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, lessen the risk of stroke, and decrease depression in women.