For all you coffee aficionados, great news!
Coffee is actually good for our overall health.
Yes, it is an energy booster, and yes, many of us can’t even think straight in the morning before we have that first cup of good espresso. Now we have even more reasons to adore the black ambrosia.
Over the years, more and more health benefits of this caffeine goodness have been discovered. Below is a list of some of those positive things:
Increased brain performance and improves mood
Remember when you’re doing an all-nighter or simply sleep deprived? You feel groggy and your mind can’t even process simple things; then you drink coffee and you feel more awake and able to think properly.
There is actually a good explanation for this. The caffeine in your coffee acts as a stimulant and also serves to block the effects of adenosine. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that inhibits proper transmission of other neurons in your brain, thereby making it process slower.
Coffee also contains a number of antioxidants that contribute to mood alleviation. Many coffee drinkers would say that you couldn’t talk to them in morning; that they were just too grumpy until they had coffee to brighten their day. They may actually have a point.
A collaborative research by the National Institutes of Health and the AARP showed that people who drank at least four cups of java daily were 10% to 20% less likely to get depressed than those who didn’t drink at all. How about that for a mood-setter?
Simply put, drinking coffee improves your overall mood, makes you more reactive and responsive, heightens your memory, and aids in better logical and critical thinking.
Coffee may help you temporarily lose weight and it improves your endurance for rigorous physical activities. The stimulants (caffeine) in the coffee increases metabolism in the body, in turn it enhances physical performance for intensive exercises such as running, biking, swimming, etc.
Green coffee beans or the unroasted coffee beans are said to consist of chlorogenic acid, compounds that help in actual weight loss. Although not so many tests have been done to prove the compound’s effectiveness in losing weight, the general consensus is that coffee does help in appetite suppression. However, these weight loss effects do not remain for long. The advice is to use coffee as more of a supplement in your diet than as the main diet cure.
Lowers risk of certain diseases
Drinking coffee regularly could potentially lower the risk of getting Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Diabetes is characterized by a lack of sufficient insulin to balance out glucose (sugar) levels. Coffee has, in several studies, shown a significant influence in the lowering of glucose levels, thereby reducing risks of Diabetes, particularly Type II Diabetes.
Caffeine also inhibits existence of beta-amyloids, the protein present in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. The beta-amyloids clog the brain causing brain degeneration. Studies show people who drink coffee have around 60% to 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s and 30% to 60% less risk of getting Parkinson’s.
Coffee has shown to not only be great to our taste buds, but to our whole physical and even emotional health as well. However, as the Greeks say, anything in excess can be harmful and will do more bad than good. The golden rule is moderation. Coffee having good benefits to the body does not justify being a coffee addict. Be conscientious to your health.