Coffee is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
Drinking it daily may seem so simple, but coffee is a complex beverage with a thousand different substances. It has been studied for decades for its health benefits, whether caffeinated or not.
These 9 Benefits today are just part of what is known about coffee and its benefits so far.
Read and enjoy.
1. Coffee can reduce the risk of heart disease
Even though this subject has been very contradictory in the past, the researches are in many studies are getting results where moderate consumption of coffee, 3 – 4 cups a day, can prevent CVD or Cardiovascular Diseases.
The researches assume that this benefit may be linked to the possible effect of coffee on two important risk factors: diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, the risk is higher when the coffee consumption is higher.
So, drink your coffee responsibly.
2. Coffee can suppress you appetite
Caffeine itself might not be able to make you slim, but coffee can.
Just this time (don’t hate me) it’s the decaf coffee that takes the spot, due to a protein known as “PYY”. PYY is released by cells in your large intestine and help “turn off” your desire to eat.
Coffee contains phytochemical compounds called chlorogenic acids, the most abundant of the many naturally occurring acids in green and roasted coffee beans. These acids have the ability to control the hunger and suppress the appetite.
The same acids are also found in apples, pears, artichokes, strawberries, pineapple, sunflower and blueberries.
3. Coffee can make you smarter
Caffeine is a stimulant which is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine which can help improve energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
Many controlled studies in humans show that moderate consumption of coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.
4. Coffee can lower your blood pressure
Although the precise nature of the relationship between coffee and blood pressure is still unclear, overall the research to date suggests that regular intake of caffeinated coffee does not increase the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.
Many studies explain that there is no risk for high blood pressure in coffee consumption, but still it depends on many other factors, like diet habits, whether you are smoker or not, and similar. The also say that coffee does raise blood pressure in people who are not used to it but not in regular coffee drinkers and that youngsters appear more sensitive to coffee.
Coffee and your blood pressure create a complex equation, but when it comes to coffee, the choice is yours.
Enjoy your coffee if you feel there’s no harm to your health, but if it bothers you in any way, reduce the consumption or give it up.
5. Coffee can reduce the risk of stroke
Many studies that have reviewed the relation between coffee consumption and stroke have suggested that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced stroke risk, although some have shown contradictory results.
According to Harvard University and Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute drinking coffee- even decaffeinated coffee- can decrease the risks of strokes up to 10%, thanks to its high levels of antioxidants.
Of the factors associated with an increased risk of stroke, smoking is considered to be one of the most significant, therefore many studies consider smoking status alongside coffee consumption.
6. Coffee can strengthen your DNA
A study published in European Journal of Nutrition explains that regular coffee consumption can help strengthen out DNA.
The research states that regular consumption of a dark roast coffee blend has a beneficial protective effect on human DNA integrity in both, men and women.
7. Coffee can increase your fiber intake
Unlike other common beverages, coffee can have high levels of fiber.
According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, results exhibited higher amounts of soluble dietary fiber in coffee than in other beverages.
Having fiber in dietary nutrition helps maintain good bowel health, reducing blood cholesterol, and controlling sugar levels.
8. Coffee can protect you against cognitive decline
New evidence shows that coffee could help to prevent brain degeneration over time. As a result, the drink could help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In a study published in Clinical Nutrition, a Chinese research team investigated the effects of one to two cups of coffee per day on the risk of later experiencing a cognitive disorder.
Shortly, drinking small amounts of coffee — one to two cups per day — was associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. However, drinking more than that did not decrease risk at all.
9. Coffee reduces the risk of colon cancer
Researchers have found that coffee consumption, including decaf, instant and espresso, decreases the risk of colorectal cancer.
“The levels of beneficial compounds per serving of coffee vary depending on the bean, roast and brewing method,” said first author Stephanie Schmit, PhD, MPH. “The good news is that our data presents a decreased risk of colorectal cancer regardless of what flavor or form of coffee you prefer.”
Moreover, these benefits increase the more coffee you drink.
Final words from me
For most of you, coffee can be a healthy part of the diet. It is fine to enjoy a couple of cups a day unless you are overdoing it.
However, coffee may not be beneficial for everyone. Those with certain heart conditions, caffeine sensitivity, and women who are pregnant should stick to decaf or tea.
The key is moderation, which is typically 2-3 cups a day, so you can enjoy the benefits of coffee and avoid the risks associated with too much caffeine.
How many cups of coffee a day you are drinking?
Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
And always remember to
Enjoy Your Coffee!
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