Coffee; Standing in your Way of Happiness?



By: Maggie Kuhn


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Did you know that nearly 50% of American adults drink coffee everyday? Praised by the media and daily drinkers, coffee has a high-ranking place in the American diet. Harvard studies show that coffee is high in natural polyphenols, which are micronutrients that have been linked with preventing cancer, high-blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. According to,, coffee also works as an antidepressant and spikes your Adrenaline levels.


Is this a bad thing? Not entirely. While this news is all fine and dandy, coffee, on the flip side, has its negatives.

Coffee is a drug.

Now, that I have your attention. Yes, that’s right an addictive drug. Caffeine dependence is labeled as a mental illness.

Do you ever get a headache around 9:00 AM? Do you have trouble sleeping? Increased heart rate?

Did you know that all of these symptoms can be attributed to drinking your morning cup(s) of Joe.

According to MayoClinic, high consumption of boiled coffee (boiled or espresso) has been associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels. Two or more cups of coffee can increase your risk of heart disease in people with a specific and fairly common- genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body.

Caffeine does not actually give you energy but blocks sleepy signals to the brain.

So, next time you’re reaching to switch on the coffee pot, consider the effects and maybe consider drinking milk or juice instead which offers nutrients and vitamins not found in coffee. But, I think it also has a lot of benefits too. 

A Harvard research article states that coffee has many longevity benefits for the body. Aside from that a pretty amazing amount of other benefits. For example it reduces the risk of

Check it out:

cardiovascular disease (heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)

Type 2 diabetes

Parkinson’s disease

uterine and liver cancer




Well, with all this research I think another cup of joe would suit me. Pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of joe with me!

I hope I have enlightened my caffeine drinkers with this insightful article.


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