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Health Benefits of Coffee

Learn the health benefits of coffee from nutrition expert Alex Jamieson in this Howcast video.

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There are some health benefits associated with drinking coffee. The first is that coffee is pretty high in antioxidants which again protect your entire body and can sometimes help protect your cardiovascular system. But the problem with coffee is that it also raises your blood pressure which hurts your cardiovascular system so I think that might be a draw. Coffee has been associated with lowering your risk of dementia and Parkinson's Disease and for women it's also associated with a lower risk of stroke, but you wanna be careful what you add to your coffee that might outweigh those benefits. Make sure you're not drinking super sweet sugary or super dairy filled coffee drinks. You definitely wanna stay away from those huge drinks that you get in some cafes that are mostly sugar and dairy and look like milkshakes; those aren't gonna give you the benefits of coffee. Even though there are some benefits to drinking coffee, you definitely don't want your kids to be drinking it; it can really affect their mood, it can affect their blood pressure, their ability to concentrate. Kids don't need coffee, they naturally have enough energy to get through the day. Older adults might find more benefits, in more protection from things like stroke, Parkinson's and diabetes.

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