Coffee has been both commended and mocked for centuries. It has been blamed to cause impotency and insanity, other times a treatment for laziness or “gift from heaven”. Heavy stuff. But what are the real, scientifically proven good points or bad points of coffee we know today?
Caffeine, the most widely consumed psychoactive stuff in the world, is the best known ingredient of coffee. Its favorable effects on the human body has been researched quite well, but coffee as a whole is a complex drink with a thousand different substances. Some studies argue that decaf and caffeinated coffee may having the same health effects and suggest that it’s not the caffeine that is responsible for most of health benefits of coffee.
Study on coffee and it’s pros and cons for humans is not completed yet, but here is a list of what we know at the moment:
6 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE
• Coffee boosts your physical performance.
A cup of black coffee before an hour of workout or performance can boost your energy level to 11-12%. Caffeine enhance adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to set for physical efforts.
• Coffee may help you lose weight.
Coffee consist of magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, maintains blood sugar levels and reduces your craving for sugary items and snacks. Caffeine helps the body to burn the fat cells.
• Coffee helps you focus and stay alert.
average caffeine intake, 1-6 cups a day, helps you to focus and lifts your mental alertness. It helps you to deal with your laziness and gives you energy for a healthy and energetic day.
• Coffee reduces risk of cancers.
One research has shown that coffee may reduce the danger of developing prostate cancer in males by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in females by 25 %. People in the experiment group drank four cups of coffee a day. Caffeine may also stop developing of basal cell carcinoma, i.e. most common type of skin cancer.
• Coffee may lower risk of Type II diabetes.
Caffeine reduces your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore coffee helps in reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
• Coffee brightens your mood, helps in fighting with depression and lowers risk of suicide.
Caffeine incites the central nervous system and boosts making of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which brightens your mood. Having two cups of coffee daily prevents risk of suicide by 50 %.
6 DISADVANTAGES AND RISKS OF COFFEE DRINKING
• Bad coffee can be toxic.
Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities and bad ingredients in it, which can cause illness, headache or a usual bad feeling. This can happen if the coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or ruined. Even a single ruined bean can make your cup toxic. Go for high quality coffee for a healthy joy of coffee.
• Coffee can kill you.
Yes, if you’re drinking 80-100 cups (23 litres) in a short session, This dose is deadly and will bring in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach at this stage, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 litres of any liquid is really a high amount. Even drinking 23 litres of water in a short session can kill you.
• Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness.
Again, it’s the caffeine responsible here. Your advised maximum amount of caffeine is 400 milligrams, nearly the amount that you’ll get from 4 cups of coffee. If you’re caffeine-sensitive, be careful with having coffee. You are maybe already aware of what amount and what kind of coffee suits, or doesn’t suits you. The amount of caffeine that is good for human consumption is actually written in our DNA.
• Don’t drink more than one cup a day if you’re pregnant.
researches on coffee’s effect on a womb have been disputed, but one thing is certain : if you drink coffee during pregnancy, caffeine will also reach the womb, and your baby is highly sensitive to caffeine. So, if you’re a heavyweight coffee drinker and can’t stop drinking it during pregnancy, at least reduce your amount of coffee intake to one cup a day.
• If you have high cholesterol please choose filtered coffee.
Coffee beans have cafestol and kahweol, two ingredients that appear to increase LDL cholesterol levels. Filtering the coffee things most of the LDL, but cafestol and kahweol are found in espresso, turkish coffee and scandinavian style “cooked coffee”.
• Coffee for kids, may increase bedwetting.
One survey reported that caffeine consumption by 5-7 year old kids may raise enuresis a.k.a. bedwetting.
If you have high cholesterol or you are caffeine sensitive, pregnant or a child (or a parent of one), you shouldn’t pay attention to coffee drinking.
For others, recommended amounts (1-6 cups a day) coffee can be good for you. It can stop serious diseases, boost your mind and muscles, and even help you with weight loss and gives you energy. Remember, as long as you drink toxin free, good coffee and brew it with care, you can and should be enjoying it knowing it’s good for your health.