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IN Health & Fitness ON 05 Jul, 2016
How do you like your coffee? De- Caf, an authentic cappuccino or our very favorite espresso. You might be having varied choices for your coffee to be just right but do you know if the drink you are gulping is good for your health or not? Or even what are the exact health benefits of coffee?
At some point, we all have wondered if the coffee we have is good for our health or not and we always have been consoled by the numerous articles on the wonderful benefits of coffee every proud addict should have or even the worst side effects of drinking coffee. But we stay confused about the health benefits of coffee.
It was just another day while I was surfing the internet and I came across this article by Homegrounds that gave me a brief of what exactly coffee offers and what are the benefits coffee blesses us with.
The shortest answer to all these questions is yes; you may have coffee but just like grandma insists every time, things should always be in its minimum quantity. But since this is a health article and we need to be pretty honest with you, we will spill the specific benefits of taking caffeine in your system and also the demerits of having your cup of joy.
It anyways feels good down our throat.
Yes, we know you will not believe us because there have been plenty of gimmicks and pop- ups that give us a lot of ways to lose that irritating flab off our body. However, here the keyword is 'help' and the agent is 'caffeine,' so don't switch over to an all Frappuccino diet so soon.
You might have seen skinny people and you might also be knowing the reason behind them eating a lot and still being skinny? Their secret is their metabolism and because they have a fast metabolic rate, they tend to lose a lot of weight.
According to studies, caffeine helps you lose weight because of an increase in your metabolic rate, which is about 3-11%, almost equal to three hours after ingestion.
Oh yes, we know you already know this, because this is the only reason we have coffee at work anyways. And that is the same reason we have included this in our list. But do you know why caffeinated drinks give us an energy boost?
If we talk a little geeky, it induces brain hypoperfusion which means it speeds up your brain along with decreasing the blood flow. This helps release norepinephrine, a chemical responsible for alertness. And just in case you do not know another thing, coffee improves your mental performance and helps you increase your physical endurance.
Apart from giving you energy and helping you burn a lot of fat, health benefits of coffee include helping you reduce the chances of Parkinson's disease.
For those who live under a rock and have no idea what Parkinson's is like, let me tell you that it is a disease that stops the proper movement of your hands or majorly a disorder in your central nervous system. One study even revealed that a cup of coffee contributes to a decrease of 31% of Parkinson's.
I guess, we should just hold on to our cups, but not a lot though.
You might have to take a seat here and read carefully for this health benefit of coffee is a complete shock.
Coffee improves cognitive performance. Yes, there have been numerous studies that show regular consumption is related to decreased risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia.
One study even revealed that 3-4 cups a day can reduce the risk of both the diseases by 65%. While a second study stated that caffeine is the primary factor in coffee's preventive qualities.
Your liver and coffee are bound to share a sexy bromance with each other. After all, coffee is the only drink your liver calls after a night of booze.
It has been proven very nicely that some of the active ingredients in your coffee protect your liver from alcoholic cirrhosis, that gives it a place in the numerous health benefits of coffee.
Studies even show that there is an inversely proportional relationship between regular coffee consumption and the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis. But this does not mean you can just grab oodles of grub and binge on or even have a lot of drink because you know caffeine will save you. NO.
Not only does regular consumption of caffeine reduces the risk of Alzheimer, liver diseases or Dementia but it also helps in the reduction of cancer-causing symptoms. And not just one type of cancer but cancers in many vital organs of your body.
You see, gulping in a lot of that joy does not only possess some health benefits of drinking coffee but the image will give you a deeper dive to the number (Yes, numbers!) and you will have a better understanding of the various health benefits of drinking coffee.
- Drinking 1-4 cups of coffee in a day can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 15%.
- Drinking 2 cups of coffee can decrease the risk associated with liver cancer.
- Daily coffee consumption reduces endometrial cancer (cancers related to all the lady parts) to almost 20%.
- Consuming 5-6 cups of coffee in a day reduces the risk of glioma to 40%.
Apart from all the diseases we have already mentioned there are more things that add on to the benefits of drinking coffee. Yes, when a drink can reduce your risk of all the above-mentioned diseases, it is for sure a good agent to give you a longer life.
A study conducted revealed that drinking one cup a day can reduce the mortality risk by 6%, 3 cups make it to 8% while 5 cups would do us a favor of reduction by 15%.
Forget all the wine you have in your system or even greens; coffee is the foremost source of antioxidants in your diet.
If you don't drink coffee and always go for tea, start it right away because you won't find a better way of antioxidants but coffee.
We all know the goodness antioxidants offer and as much as we look forward to implementing them in our diet, we have no idea that coffee plays a vital role in acting as an antioxidant.
Coffee makes up to 66% of the antioxidant intake.
Did I mention that coffee can also protect your heart?
Well, it can. There has been a myth that coffee increases the risk of coronary heart diseases (CHD). However, studies have bunked the myth and proven that there is no causal relationship between coffee and coronary heart diseases.
But there is one thing to keep a strict note of and that is the frequency of your consumption of coffee. P.S. You need to take care of one thing and that is drinking more than six cups of coffee in a day results in a loss of all the preventative benefits.
Two studies successfully debunked the myths revealing that habitual drinking of coffee decreases the risk of coronary diseases in women.
Long term drinking habit of coffee has however helped in reducing the risk of strokes and this is why coffee provides oodles of health benefits of drinking.
By now we very well know coffee is a superhero and has battled every evil enemy with the weirdest names. And it does! But it works like magic for your teeth as well.
Coffee can protect your teeth by ruthlessly destroying something called 'Streptococcus Mutans' that are the S. Mutans. I know, they sound eviler. However, a study has revealed that the consumption of coffee can lead to almost 40% reduction in tooth decay.
Isn't that a wonderful health benefit of drinking coffee?
But studies pointed that the addition of sugar or any other additives cancels out the effect of drinking coffee which means you will have a dentist appointment lined up at the end of the month if you are fond of taking in a lot of sugar.
It is not just your mental performance but the physical performance that gets a boost and adds on to the list of the health benefits of drinking coffee.
The same way that caffeine stimulates the brain, it also helps to jump start the body. Just like others, there have been a lot of studies that show that caffeine hits the physical performance.
- Only two cups of coffee can trigger your cycling performance and measures like exhaustion.
- Caffeine contributes to a 5.6% drop in ratings of perceived exertions.
- The same study also reported that caffeine improves exercise performance by 11.2%.
Have you ever tried charging yourself up with a cup of coffee before your workout sessions?
No, you need not worry about it because the effect of that cup of caffeine does not end while you hit the weights but it continues even after you hit the weight room.
It doesn't just make your routine exercise worthy like one of those ultra-intense commercials but also helps you with your post workout pain.
Coffee numbs your pain and that is because peptides act similar to morphine and it essentially helps in numbing all the soreness.
Wonderful, isn't it?
Here is another one that you might have heard a hundred times.
Coffee helps improve blood flow in your body that means great skin results. But it has been proven that caffeine reduces the blood flow to the brain but increases to the rest of the body. Although having a lot of coffee might turn dreadful for your face, stay slow on your intake of caffeine to have great skin results.
Studies showed that:
- Caffeine reduces the cerebral blood flow by an average of 27%.
- Coffee increases the blood pressure in non-habitual drinkers but gives a lack of increase in habitual drinkers.
None of the other reasons would mean anything if caffeine does not enhance our memory. Apart from all the other health benefits of drinking coffee, they combine to give us an enhanced long term and short term memory.
Studies have shown that caffeine in our system increases alertness and aids the neural process known as 'consolidation.'
Last but not the least, coffee helps to curb gout.
Let me enlighten you with what gout actually means. Gout is a condition when the defective mechanism of uric acid can cause arthritis. It causes swelling in joints and pain in the legs.
- Drinking less than 5 cups of coffee yielded less than 10% reduction in the risk.
- Drinking six or more cups of coffee helps in a 40% decrease of gout while sugar seems to reverse the effect.
- Although the impact will be more if you have more cups of coffee, it induces almost 60% reduced risks.
We hope you enjoyed the list and got to take a lot back from it. There is much more bashing left because we are still finding out studies that could unleash new facts. Tell us what your thoughts are, and if there are any more health benefits of coffee that you know.