Recent research conducted at Harvard University has linked regular coffee drinking to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as certain types of cancer. Dr. Rob van Dam of Harvard School of Public Health has stated that coffee, in moderation, can actually aid in preventing colon, liver and rectal cancer. Over 50 percent of adults in the United States drink coffee on a regular basis, and I imagine that the statistics are growing by the day. There are coffee shops located on nearly every corner, and a vast majority of working adults can’t even start their day without a cup. For these people, the proven health benefits must be a godsend, as coffee maintains a certain bad boy stigma for causing adverse health affects.
Yet, coffee drinkers still aren’t out of the woods. Dr. Lenore Arab of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has also presented research relating coffee drinking to increased risk of leukemia and stomach cancer. Many coffee drinkers will also experience increased nervousness, rapid heartbeat and trembling hands. Because of these concerns, coffee should be avoided by certain people including pregnant women, people with panic disorders and depression, heart patients and those persons experiencing stomach ulcers. These conditions pose certain health risks in relation to coffee drinking. But for those of you who are free of these conditions, until otherwise stated, feel free to enjoy moderate amounts of coffee and experience the numerous benefits. And I recommend choosing organic. Protect our delicate eco-system and experience the health benefits of chemical-free coffee, grown under the protective shade trees of the jungle.