Updated: Mar 12
Coffee and your health
Quick answer: YES! The idea that coffee might be bad for your health is a myth, probably dating centuries ago when coffee was a novelty, strange and exotic. Maybe it was its mysterious origin, maybe it was its bitter taste that made 18th-century representatives of the Catholic Church in Italy decree coffee was the “Devil’s drink”! Today, though, health experts agree that coffee is one of the healthiest beverages in the world and could help you live longer.
What are the health benefits of coffee?
Improves Energy and Makes You Smarter.
No kidding! Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, which gives us energy. When caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream it travels to the brain, where it stimulates the release of dopamine and adrenaline, two neurotransmitters that basically fire up the nerves in our body. Adrenaline is called the fight-or-flight hormone, which prepares the body for physical exertion, so coffee will help you perform a physical activity better A cup of coffee improves mood, memory, concentration,and reaction time. OK, maybe coffee doesn’t make you smarter IQ-wise, but it allows you to function and work better, which is all that matters.
Helps burn fat
Coffee increases the metabolism and encourages the body to burn fat to get energy. If you’re on a diet, coffee will help you lose fat easier, just keep in mind that sugar, milk or cream are not allowed.
May Protect Against Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people around the world and is a major health issue nowadays. Coffee significantly reduces the risks of getting this disease. One of the reasons coffee protects against diabetes is that it contains a powerful antioxidant called chlorogenic acid which protects the liver and inhibits the release of excessive insulin.
May Protect Against Alzheimer and Parkinson’s
Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disease, generally affecting people over 65, and is a leading cause of dementia. Some studies show that coffee drinkers have a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, although the reasons behind this are as yet unclear. The same applies to Parkinson’s disease, with coffee drinkers having a 60% lower risk of getting this incurable disease. It is believed that it is caffeine that helps protect against Parkinson. People who regularly drink decaf do not appear to have a lower risk of getting Parkinson’s.
Contains valuable micro-nutrients
Coffee beans tend to lose some of their essential nutrients during the roasting process, but not all of them. A regular cup of coffee contains riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3).
Might Protect Body From Cancer
Recent studies show that people who drink coffee regularly may have a lower risk of developing liver and colorectal cancer. While coffee reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 15%, as far as liver cancer is concerned the risk is 40% lower.
Is coffee bad for your heart?
This is another myth about coffee and it has to do with caffeine. While it is true that people with elevated blood pressure should drink coffee in moderation, studies say the increase is actually small usually and dissipates if you drink coffee regularly and your body grows accustomed to caffeine. At the same time, caffeine has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease. To sum it up, coffee is actually good for your heart and can lower the risk of having a stroke. Tip: You can make your coffee even healthier by adding cinnamon, which is good against diabetes, or cocoa, which reduces the risk of heart disease. Overall, coffee is good for your health and regular consumption reduces the risk of getting some serious diseases. You can safely drink up to 5 cups a day. Instead of the caffeine, what you should worry about is sugar and creamers. The best thing you can do is drink your coffee black.Keep in mind that, if you have trouble sleeping, you should not drink coffee after 2 pm. Go for decaf, if you must!
Health Coach K