Nutrition Dilemma: Does Coffee Kill Brain Cells?

Nutrition Dilemma: Does Coffee Kill Brain Cells?
by Jennifer Elliot | July 26, 2013

ritioThere is little question that drinking that morning cup of coffee will likely improve activeness, but many avoid coffee in the belief that coffee kills brain cells. But is there any truth behind this belief? More specifically, is there any constant or periodic advantage or disadvantage from drinking coffee on a regular basis?

Research has found no conclusive link between coffee and brain cell damage. In fact, the advantages of consuming average quantities of coffee overshadow its hazards for most people, MayoClinic.com claims. Other issues, including alcohol addiction, Alzheimer's  and chemotherapy are actually more dangerous to your brain cells than your morning cuppa Joe. If you are worried about your brain cells or your coffee consumption, seek advice from your physician.

Coffee Hazards

There are several health hazards associated with excessive consumption of coffee, but damage to brain cells isn’t one of them. Coffee has had a more direct impact on other factors rather than on brain cells. For example, consuming heavy amounts of coffee can make you unsettled, nervous and unable to sleep. WhileUnfiltered coffee might also increase cholesterol levels slightly. Drinking more than two cups each day might even raise the threat of cardiovascular disease in some people. Children and people who are sensitive to caffeine should also avoid its use. Despite being inherently a zero-calorie beverage, coffee is also a leading cause of obesity in North America, thanks to the creamy and sugary concoctions available commercially, according to the U.S. Division of Farming.

About Brain Cells

According to a PBS review about Gary Small's article, "The Memory Bible," using the brain often can produce fresh brain cells which help to keep you active and mentally alerty. You can do this by taking up a new challenge or engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as reading. Since coffee keeps you fresh all day round, it also plays a significant role in the development of new brain cells, the article concludes.

Coffee Benefits

According to health website MayoClinic.com the benefits of coffee far outweigh any link between coffee and brain cells. It suggests that you should drink black coffee in moderate amounts. For example, coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants. Anti-oxidants battle free radicals, elements that harm tissues and might cause cancer.  Coffee also helps to avert Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer, says MayoClinic.com. It can also improve your mood and expand your concentration. 

So What Kills Brain Cells?

Now that you have busted the myth that coffee kills brain cells, you should also know what does kill brain cells. First on the list is continuous and excessive drinking. Alcohol addiction can be a way to brain ailments, according to MayoClinic.com.. 

It is advised that you consult a doctor for further guidance on the link between coffee and brain cells and other health concerns.

About the Author - Jennifer Elliot

Jennifer Elliot takes her Nutrition (and yours) very seriously! She believes that the strongest weapon we have against all diseases, ailments and conditions is Nutrition. She also widely promotes the importance of exercise to maintain optimal health. Keep an eye out for Jennifer’s articles to remain updated on how to lead a nutritious life!

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