Coffee is not just an extremely warm and an energizing drink, but is actually quite good for health. In the recent years, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on the human body, on both the fronts, positive and negative, and the results are truly quite spectacular. These are six reasons why coffee may actually be one of the healthiest beverages to consume and enjoy:
1) Coffee can make one smarter:
Coffee not only helps one keep his/her sleep at bay, but also helps them become smarter. Coffee contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant. The primary mechanism for caffeine is to block the effects of inhibitory neurotransmitters called Adenosine, thus leading to the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. These, help in improving the mood, memory and the general cognitive functions.
2) Coffee helps one in slimming down:
Most commercial fat burning supplements contain caffeine, and coffee has loads of it. Caffeine, due to its stimulant effect, raises the metabolism and increases the fatty acids’ oxidation rates, thus helping one slim down.
3) Coffee helps reduce the risk of type II diabetes:
Type II diabetes is a lifestyle related disease in which the body is unable to produce any insulin. In studies conducted by scientists, it was observed that coffee helped reduce type II diabetes all the way from 23% to 67% with each additional cup reducing the risk by almost 7%. Thus, drinking coffee regularly helped one reduce the risk of type II diabetes, provided, people preferred black coffee over the regular sugared one.
4) Coffee helps reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease:
Coffee not only makes one smart in the short term, but also protects the brain in the old age. Alzheimer’s disease, one of the world’s most common neurodegenerative disorder is a leading cause of dementia. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers tend to lower their risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by almost 60%. In case of Parkinson’s, the dopamine generating neurons in the brain die, leading to slowing down of bodily movements. Again, coffee helps reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by 32-60%.
5) Coffee may be very good for the liver:
The liver is an extremely vital organ in the body which carries out hundreds of functions, day in and day out. Due to modern lifestyle and alcohol consumption, or due to modern diseases like Hepatitis, the liver tissue gets scarred leading to Liver Cirrhosis. Studies have revealed that regular utilization of coffee helps in reducing the risk of cirrhosis by almost 80 %. Besides, regular coffee consumption also reduced the risk of liver cancer by almost 40 %.
6) Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients:
A cup of coffee contains vitamins like, vitamin B5, vitamin B2, Niacin (B3), Thiamine (B1), potassium and manganese. Besides, coffee also contains several antioxidants in massive amounts thus being extremely good for the human health.
Because of the following reasons, it can be said that regular consumption of coffee definitely lowers the risk of death. The bottomline would be, coffee is extremely good if it is consumed in moderation. However, it can be harmful if consumed in excess, just like most of the elements in the equilibrium of nature. And hence the saying goes “If coffee is so bad, why don’t statistics show it!’
Life is short enjoy your coffee