Is Coffee good for health? This has been a controversial topic. Coffee was once considered unhealthy, but recent studies suggest that there are potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee. Coffee can improve your health and reduce the risks of many diseases.
Let’s have a look at some of the health benefits of coffee.
Coffee Increases Energy Levels and provides a short-term memory boost
Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, which can make you a lot more productive. When you drink coffee, caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and then travels into the brain where it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This leads to a stimulant effect, which improves energy levels, mood and particular areas of the brain responsible for alertness, concentration, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function. It provides a boost to short-term memory as well.
Coffee Helps Burning Fat
Caffeine has been proven to aid fat burning. Caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%. It helps fat cells break down body fat. However, this effect will diminish in a long term once you become tolerant to the effects.
Coffee Lowers the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a common health problem that currently afflicts over 300 million people worldwide.
Coffee helps reducing the risk of developing this disease by 23-50%. Each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars due to resistance to the effects of insulin. Caffeine decreases your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance. Therefore, coffee is beneficial in preventing from diabetes.
Coffee Lowers the Risk of Liver Diseases
The liver is an amazing organ that performs many vital functions in our body. Therefore, it is important to keep our liver healthy.
There are many diseases such as hepatitis, fatty liver disease, etc., that can damage the liver which can lead to a condition known as cirrhosis. At this condition, a healthy liver has largely been replaced by scar tissue. Coffee consumption has been linked to a lower incidence of cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.
Coffee Lowers the Risk of Cancer
Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death today. Consuming copious amounts of coffee can reduce the risk of various types of cancer, such as liver cancer, colorectal cancer, aggressive prostate cancer, skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and blood cancer (estrogen receptor).
Coffee Reduces the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Studies have revealed that drinking coffee lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease up to 60%. However, please note that this effect is caused by the caffeine, and therefore this is not applicable for people who drink decaf.
Besides the health benefits of drinking coffee, there are some negative aspects as well. For some people, coffee can cause irritability, nervousness, temporary insomnia, restlessness, stomach issues, rapid heartbeat and muscle tremors. However, this is very rare and only a few number of people are affected with these problems.
Pregnant ladies, children, and those who have high cholesterol should pay attention to the amount of coffee they drink. Others may intake a reasonable amount (1-6 cups per day) of coffee in a regular basis.