Are you Coffeelicious? Here’s why you should be!

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Normally we are advised to avoid coffee and caffeine. This drink has faced lot of criticism for centuries. Most health journals, blogs and articles speak aloud regarding negative impacts of having coffee every day. Today, I would like to discuss the positive effects of drinking coffee in moderation. Coffee is not out and out unhealthy. Here, I would like to mention that coffee has been found with more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa, the two super foods with high oxygen radical absorbance capacity.

Coffee has fairly good reasons to find a place in your regular diet. It’s rich in antioxidants and one who regularly has a cuppa can easily avoid health problems like cognitive decline in brain and other serious issues. To add more to it, a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by the scientists at Japan’s National Cancer Centre in March this year brought to the forefront some intriguing outcomes! To quote the scientists, ‘The habitual intake of coffee is associated with lower risk of total mortality and three leading causes of death in Japan’. Today, this piece is for all those coffee fanatics who keep looking for reasons to continue drinking this brewed beverage.  Here I have outlined the top 8 scientific reasons why one should not give up his/her early-morning-pick-me-up style:

  • Coffee energizes you instantly! Michael Lucas and his PhD thesis on ‘Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women’ show that women who drank one or two cups of coffee each day were 20 percent less prone to depression.  Caffeine, the chief stimulant present in coffee easily gets into the blood and transmitted to the brain once you have it. In brain caffeine obstructs the formation of Adenosine, a neurotransmitter. Once it’s blocked, our body experiences an increase of dopamine hormone which in return ignites neurons. As a result of this we feel charged up and a morning frown easily gets transferred into a delightful smile after drinking a strong coffee!
  • Black coffee can help you stay slim with effectual weight loss. Research shows that caffeine and chlorogenic acid is a natural fat reduction stimulant present in black coffee. A regular coffee drinker has an approximately 3 to 11 percent improved metabolic rate than a non-drinker. Two cups of black coffee intake can keep an individual in shape by burning those extra kilos by keeping energetic as well. However, keep in mind that adding up milk or cream doesn’t do the needful.  Note: Black coffee intake more than two cups can cause hypertension.

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  • Brewed coffee is rich in fiber. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms one cup of coffee contains 1.8 grams of fiber. Food scientists at the National Research Council in Madrid verified that coffee beans are rich in dietary fiber thus averting the emergence of Diverticulitis. Next time you have it, relish your cuppa to the T!
  • It has been found that people who are into regular coffee drinking are far safer from having Alzheimer’s than the ones who don’t. Caffeine prevents loss of memory which is quiet rampant with aged people. Studies have shown that coffee reduces more than 65 percent chance of Alzheimer’s. Not only caffeine, coffee is stashed with manganese, potassium, pantothenic acid and niacin.
  • Research has also come up with clues showing that coffee has lessened the chances of heart diseases by safeguarding against arterial injuries to a considerable extent. An individual can easily have 2 to 3 cups of black coffee and avert various cardiovascular risks with élan. A groundbreaking Dutch study which was conducted over thirteen long years over 37,000 people came out with startling facts that reasonable coffee drinkers showed 20 percent less chances of heart disease in comparison to the non-drinkers.

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  • Coffee intake can be beneficial for your liver, eradicating cirrhosis and liver cancer. Caffeine, in fact, is healthy for your liver.  Drinking not more than two cups of coffee can help in decreasing liver enzymes keeping the organ well functioned. To quote Professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia of Illinois University, one of the world’s leading experts on coffee and health in journal CellPress, the view that habitual coffee consumption has several health benefits, including lower risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, a favorable effect on liver function, a possible role in weight loss, and a decreased risk of developing certain cancers’.
  • It has also been found that two or three cups of coffee a day can even cure type 2 diabetes and related diseases. To reiterate Professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia of Illinois University, the role of coffee in managing type 2 diabetes and other diseases is quite significant and 2 to 4 cups a day doesn’t call for any harm.
  • Coffee can even keep Parkinson’s disease at bay. Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden worked and published their research on a particular genetic variation in PLUS One scientific journal that says that habitual coffee drinkers can protect them against Parkinson’s disease. Deficiency of dopamine is an important aspect of Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine increases dopamine, and hence, a regular drinker can easily keep this deadly disease aside.

Is there a time to drink?

Steven Miller, a PhD candidate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda has come up with a unique approach in drinking coffee. As per his research, cortisol hormone is responsible for keeping human mind alert and it’s released between 8 to 9 am in the morning keeping our ‘watchful state’ at its peak. So, if one drinks coffee during this aforesaid time, they won’t get any positive effect in boosting the energy as the hormone has already done it naturally. Scientifically, it has been observed that cortisol level falls many times in a day. Some of the most significant times when it’s down are between 9.30 am to 11 am and again from 1.30 pm to 5 pm in the evening. So, now you have the knowledge of the right timing when you need to sip that piping hot cup of brewed coffee.

See this video below which sums up all the goodness of this magical brew!

Coffee is a lovely drink to cherish! As discussed, it has innumerable health benefits to share. On certain conditions like pregnancy or severe heart conditions, caffeine intake should be minimized or avoided completely. If someone is caffeine sensitive, don’t take it. The best way to enjoy all the goodness of this stimulant is to have it without milk. Black coffee is great to have, for body as well as mind! Have your cuppa without overdoing it. Then only you can enjoy the benefits of this wonder drink!

In recent times, a group of 23 scientists from 10 different countries met in Lyon in France and reviewed more than 1000 case studies submitted earlier which basically spoke against the detrimental effect of drinking coffee. The study, however, failed to link the hazardous effects of drinking coffee with breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer. Rather, they have shown many beneficial associations against cancer. So, now you have every reason to sip your steaming morning cuppa with a big grin this winter!!

What do you think? Are you a coffee addict? What’s your story?

 

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