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    Mostly through conscious choices I made throughout my life, I have very few vices when it comes to my lifestyle - I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, nor do I eat unhealthily. However, I do love my coffee ( and herbal tea, but that's not the topic of this thread ); always have and probably always will.

    So here's the question - what is the current scientific (!!! - not pop-sci) consensus on whether regular long-term use of coffee is beneficial or detrimental for the human body ? There seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there, so I'm curious as to whether there is an actual consensus within the scientific community. Does anyone know ?

    I wouldn't normally have more than two cups a day - no extras such as milk or sugar, just the good stuff taken straight. So I'm not an excessive user.


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    Recently I have heard nothing but good about coffee. Same with tea.

    Since there must be a tea vs coffee debate I go for tea. It is ridiculously cheap and gives an amazing high.Plus it is almost as nice drunk weak ,which you certainly can't say for coffee.

    Both make you piss more which can be inconvenient though.

    Herbal tea is normally terrible tasting but the spicy stuff is much nicer.(fresh mint with black tea or on its own with sugar is quite nice)

    I used to believe strong coffee was bad for the heart but that was probably an unscientific belief and I have no idea if there is anything to it.

    Sorry ,I have no links or references about the subject.


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    I am currently awaiting investigation for an intermittent heart irregularity. While I am waiting, I have been advised to reduce my caffeine intake, previously 2 large cups of tea at breakfast, a strong coffee after lunch and another cup of tea in the afternoon. There is no suggestion the caffeine may have brought about the arrhythmia, but it can exacerbate it, apparently. I'm supposed to watch my alcohol intake too, as too much of this can have a similar effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exchemist View Post
    I am currently awaiting investigation for an intermittent heart irregularity. While I am waiting, I have been advised to reduce my caffeine intake, previously 2 large cups of tea at breakfast, a strong coffee after lunch and another cup of tea in the afternoon. There is no suggestion the caffeine may have brought about the arrhythmia, but it can exacerbate it, apparently. I'm supposed to watch my alcohol intake too, as too much of this can have a similar effect.
    That matches the only research I have seen on possible negative effects of caffeine.
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    After I posted it occurred to me there might be an issue for people with high blood pressure if it caused a spike.(again nothing I have actually heard of specifically)
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    Here is an interesting article:https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-die...n-early-grave/

    More about the problems of doing this sort of study than about specifics, but it does mention some examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Here is an interesting article:https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-die...n-early-grave/

    More about the problems of doing this sort of study than about specifics, but it does mention some examples.
    The remarks in this piece about caffeine causing irritability in some people reminds me of Alastair Campbell. He was notoriously irascible and was a reformed alcoholic who had taken to drinking large amounts of tea to compensate. I have to say that Markus is a paragon of zen-like calm - but then he does not consume that much.
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    I have to say that Markus is a paragon of zen-like calm
    ...which isn't really surprising, given that in real life I live mostly in a Buddhist monastery ( as a lay person )
    Nonetheless, I do sometimes get grumpy if I don't get my morning coffee ! The black stuff is definitely addictive to some degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    I have to say that Markus is a paragon of zen-like calm
    ...which isn't really surprising, given that in real life I live mostly in a Buddhist monastery ( as a lay person )
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    Called it!
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