Coffee is a drug… A beautiful, warm, yummy drug that runs through the veins of almost 90% of world’s population. Are you a coffee addict as well? If so, then you will 100% agree that drinking the first cup of morning coffee is not just a casual morning ritual like making the bed, or brushing the teeth. No, no, coffee is way beyond that. Right?
The real significance of coffee is practically unexplainable for those who have never experienced the delight of drinking intense, strong, powerful, yet softened and well-balanced coffee. For us, the real coffee fans, caffeine has a great influence in our lives. It is the unique substance with multiple powers at the same time; it sharpens our mind, it keeps as calm and it provides us the essential boost of energy we need so badly to make it through the day and of course, the night. Because I am an all-nighter and I know that I am not the only one.
So, what is coffee, actually? Or better said, what is caffeine, because this is the star ingredient of coffee’s composition. And not only coffee, since caffeine is also the natural component of tea and chocolate, and it is frequently added to energy drinks and popular soft drinks, like Pepsi and Coca Cola. But, caffeine uses do not stop here. Therefore, this powerful ingredient plays an important role in many over-the-counter pills and medicines for weight loss, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Moreover, adults turn to caffeine to kick-start their other medications for migraine headaches and for making blood vessels constrict better blood flow.
According to a thorough study carried out by the Harvard University, results about caffeine’s effects to the human body have been astonishing. Thus, people who drink one to three cups of coffee a day are 9% less likely to get diabetes in comparison with those who do not drink coffee at all. This is why coffee got another great significance, self-medication! Furthermore, coffee is the healthiest ‘pick-me-up drink’ approved and recommended by FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is the effective substitute of unhealthy energy drinks to boost your concentration and energy levels and keep you being productive through the entire day and night.
So, have you ever asked yourself why does caffeine keep you awake? Well, the answer lies in brain chemistry. In the human body, caffeine acts like adenosine. Adenosine is created in the brain and it slows down the activity of the nerve cells. To a nerve cell, caffeine looks the same as adenosine. Hence, when caffeine binds to the adenosine receptor, it fools it in a way, but in the opposite way. So, if adenosine slows down the nerve-cell activity in the brain, caffeine speeds it up. Caffeine also makes the blood vessels in the brain to constrict, thus blocks adenosine’s power to open them up. And this is how caffeine not only keeps you active and energized, but also helps to stop the vascular headache.
I hope that this article will be one more reason for you to continue relying on the unique powers of coffee. Make yourself one right away.