What's all this brew ha ha?

Geoff Potter

IT'S brown, complex, may even prevent cancer, and most of us couldn't do without it in our day. Recent research shows men should probably make drinking it even more of a habit.

A recent coffee study, released by the Harvard School of Public Health, found men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60% lower risk of developing the most lethal type of prostate cancer, likely because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Naturopath Vanessa Nunn said although coffee was seen in a negative light from a traditional naturopathic perspective, attitudes were changing.

“More and more scientific studies are coming out to suggest that there are benefits,” she said. “Antioxidants are key. That seems to be a key in prevention of many, many diseases, including cancer.

“Also, (coffee) seems to have anti-inflammatory effects.

“Inflammation is the basis of a lot of diseases, especially chronic diseases, such as cancer and arthritis.”

But Mrs Nunn said men should not be rushing to increase their coffee consumption to six cups a day as a preventative measure.

“No, absolutely not, because it's too much,” she said.

“There are negative effects of coffee as well. It's that whole idea of everything in moderation.

“Maybe one to three cups a day would be acceptable.”

Clandestino Specialty Coffee Roasters Noosaville co-founder Jaxon Taylor agreed moderation was important when drinking coffee.

“That's the downside to it all – that over-caffeination can really affect you,” he said.

“We've got to always taste the coffee, but we try and have a couple of sips and discard it, because we know that we're going to be drinking a lot more that day.

“But as long as you keep your body and your liver going – do your exercise and sweat it out – then I guess it's not too bad.”

Mr Taylor said even his mother, who is a doctor, drank three or four coffees a day. “The social side of it far outweighs the health side of it,” he said.

The Good Bean Mooloolaba founder Shane Hepburn said he also had to limit his daily coffee intake. “I went through a phase of five or six a day, but now I just limit myself to one a day,” he said.

“I enjoy it, but I like my health. I was just getting headaches.”

Mrs Nunn said many of her clients would have even more than six cups of coffee a day. “I see clients that say, ‘It wouldn't be unusual for me to have 12 cups of coffee in a work day',” she said.

She says the danger lies in the fact that caffeine can physiologically change the central nervous system which is why people get withdrawals when they stop drinking it. “It is a drug, so I think we've got to treat it with a little bit of respect,” she said.

She suggested sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, palpitations and insomnia should avoid coffee altogether.

Topics:  coffee health lifestyle

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