27 January 2022
Many people look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning to get a nice jolt to start their day right. In addition to tasting pretty darn good and giving you a boost of energy, there have been research studies that show there are actually health benefits to coffee.
Energy – Of course, coffee contains caffeine, which is a great anti-fatigue agent. Caffeine blocks the receptors of a neurotransmitter called adenosine. As this neurotransmitter is being blocked, it leaves the way open for others like dopamine, that regulate energy.
Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes – Coffee is high in antioxidants and may affect a person’s sensitivity to insulin and affect their metabolism. Coffee can preserve the beta cells in the pancreas which produce insulin and regulate blood sugar levels. Long term it can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Brain – Studies are ongoing about how coffee interacts with some neurological and degenerative diseases, specifically dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.
Weight Control – Researchers look at how coffee alters the storage of fat and gut health. They also reflect on how the extra energy helps individuals to meet their daily activity levels. Decreased body fat and more exercise is definitely linked to weight management.
Depression – One review concluded that the risk of depression is lowered by 8% for each cup of coffee consumed. This can certainly lead to lower suicide rates.
Liver – One study reveals that one cup of coffee daily reduced risk of death from chronic liver disease by 15% and four cups per day reduced the risk by 71%. Another study shows that coffee reduces liver stiffness, which is an indication of scar tissue in the liver.
Heart – This is where it becomes a matter of semantics. The caffeine can increase blood pressure but some studies shows that coffee has reduced the risk of heart disease. Discuss this with your physician.
Life Expectancy – With all of the increased health benefits, it is speculated that coffee can actually extend one’s life expectancy. This, of course, will take decades of follow up.
Athleticism – Because of the increased energy levels and focus, coffee is considered by some to be a performance enhancer (ergogenic aid). Just remember that caffeine is also a diuretic, so increase water intake as well to maintain good bodily functions, especially the kidneys.
Keep in mind that there are studies being conducted all over the world on various subjects. Results can vary depending on a number of factors including age, genetic makeup, and predisposition or family history. That basically means that caffeine may affect people differently. Discuss any drastic changes in your lifestyle with your medical team before embarking on a new venture.
There is no doubt that coffee is a popular beverage and can seem to have a number of positive health benefits. Some people should restrict their intake like women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children and teens, and those with some health conditions. As long as you maintain some moderation, you should be fine.