When it comes to coffee, there’s a lot of bad reputation, dissent and negative aspects among those who in some way due to the caffeine in the coffee is what they concerned about. Yes, caffeine can cause anxiety, jitteriness, heart palpitations, stomach discomfort, may exacerbate panic attacks, and even disrupted our sleeping patterns. But, all these will ONLY happened IF you consuming too much of it, several times a day! Besides, those effects that been mentioned above depends greatly on the individual. If you are sensitive to caffeine and tend to become over-stimulated, then perhaps you shouldn’t be drinking coffee.
Although given that the many of the studies that says that coffee is bad for you, coffee itself in fact has fairly strong indicators that it does in fact play a role in your health and brain function ONLY IF you consume it in the right amount that are suggested in the next chapter. The bottom line is, people respond to caffeine in different ways, so be sure to test its effect on yourself. If you consume reasonable amounts, it will likely improve your performance.
Here are the TOP 3 reasons why people drink coffee, and why you should consider too for your energy.
- Caffeine could improve your short term memory recall, improve your mental skills and cognitive function before a test or job interview or day work as long as you don’t have too much that you get over-stimulated. Besides, coffee increases a brain growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which is very important chemical, that actually not only allows the brain to grow new brain cells and protects your brain cells, but also have the ability to make connections to other brain cells, a fundamental process to our ability to create more powerful brain! As you reading this blog post, your brain is already actively producing new brain cells! How amazing is that? ;)Besides, cognitive function improvement, studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to:(a) 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease!
(b) 32-60% lower risk of Parkinson Disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease and caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
(c) 20% lower risk of becoming depressed!
(d) Also, people who drink coffee less likely to suffer memory loss later in life,
(g) less likely to get a stroke, that is, coffee drinkers had a slightly less chance of overall death, stated in one of the largest reviews to date and the list goes on and on.
- Coffee is also a rich source of polyphenols. What is polyphenols? Polyphenol is a powerful antioxidant, a substance also found in a variety of plants, such as red wine, fruits, tea, vegetables, and chocolate. Polyphenols are seen by some to be even more significant than vitamins C and E in terms of disease preventative properties. Polyphenols can also improve carbohydrate metabolism. Besides, coffee also contains some essential nutrients, such as:(i) vitamin B2 (Riboflavin),
(ii) vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid),
(iii) vitamin B1 (Thiamin),
(iv) vitamin B3 (Niacin),
(v) folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Although the amount of these vitamins may not seem like a lot, but if you’re eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) guideline, coffee might be one of your top health foods.
Besides antioxidant effect, most of the people drink coffee for alertness, an incredible drink to boost energy, and productivity during the day. Because caffeine is a known stimulant. Although other foods like tea, cocoa all contain caffeine, but coffee is the biggest source (average cup contain caffeine 30-300mg).
And when you drink it, it passes to your small intestine and gets absorbed into your bloodstream and kickstarts your brain chemistry by blocking the function of a brain hormone, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, called Adenosine that known for causing drowsiness. Adenosine makes you feel sleepy by slowing down your brain’s nerve cell activity. Caffeine is this receptor’s blocker, and this tiredness effect was being blocked, your nerve cells in return will speed up giving us that jolt of caffeine energy, reduce tiredness, more alert, and mind focus. Other benefits include, improved mood, reaction time, vigilance, and cognitive function.
- Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Despite all the clinical trials showing that acute intakes of caffeine and coffee tend to reduce insulin sensitivity, the overwhelming majority of the observational literature finds that coffee is linked to lower body weight and protection from type 2 diabetes.And there are studies also shown that the insulin resistant effect is lessened with habitual coffee drinking, and their insulin sensitivity not only stays the same, but their risk factors actually improve. Markers of both liver function and adipose tissue function were even improved after upping their coffee intake. In another study, coffee consumption improved glycemia markers including insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, that is, up to 23-67% less likely to become diabetic. In fact, reasonable amounts of caffeine can improve insulin sensitivity and other markers of glucose tolerance. In general, people who drink moderate amounts of caffeine have better insulin sensitivity.
In another large review study that looked at 18 studies with 457,922 individuals, each daily cup of coffee was linked to a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Hence, the conclusion? The more coffee you drink, the lower the risk.
So, with the benefits above that are strongly backed by science, there is no reason why you should not take it if your are not sensitive to it OR unless you are pregnant OR have sleeping issues. Why? Because coffee is a superfood that protects your brain, health, nerve, and giving you energy instead of degenerating your energy.
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