We all know that one person who just cannot function without a cup of coffee to kickstart their day (Hint: If you don’t know who that person is, it’s probably you). It’s an everyday elixir that people consume in so many different ways – from super sugary frothy cuppas to coffees so strong, the bitter aftertaste lingers on. With a lot of debate about whether coffee is good for the body or not, here is a blog that finally puts this topic to rest.
- What happens when you drink a cup of coffee?
Coffee stops the happy hormone dopamine from getting reabsorbed into your bloodstream and so, keeps you happier for longer. This gives you the energy to tackle any task head-on. Studies have also proven that this helps in fighting depression as well. However, it is important to keep a count of your coffee intake and make sure it is moderate since all the magic that coffee creates does come with a price!
- It gets your mind ticking!
Do you get that feeling like someone splashed cold water on your face after you’ve had a cup of coffee? That’s because the beverage actually wakes you up! The combination of elements in a good cup of coffee helps fight fatigue and leaves you feeling refreshed, albeit for a short period of time.
Our brain produces a hormone called Adenosine that induces sleepiness in us by binding our nerve cells and slowing it down. Caffeine also reacts the same way by binding the nerve cells but does the exact opposite! Talk about a complete brain bamboozle.
Coffee is the alarm clock of our nervous system. It acts as a mild stimulant and jolts us awake, giving us a sudden boost of energy. Studies have proven that coffee improves a person’s alertness and concentration. It enhances our ability to focus and improves our performance of daily tasks. Coffee is also a proven companion for jetlags and is super helpful with those pesky night shifts at work! It is literally superpower in a cup.
There’s a catch though. Anything that is consumed in excess does come with some side-effects. Over time, our body develops a tolerance to what coffee can do and this inadvertently increases our consumption of it. Increased intake results in fidgetiness, anxiety and lack of sleep, especially if the coffee is consumed post noon. While the beverage can put you in a good mood, having it in excess may result in an inability to relax and excessive energy spent rather unproductively, which is the exact opposite of what it set out to do.
- Coffee fuels our body…literally!
Made from the roasted fruit of Coffee arabica bush, caffeine has vitalisers that impact our body. It is high in anti-oxidants! Coffee aids in preventing Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, gout, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Coffee pushes humans and their bowels! Drinking coffee might shorten the time taken for the first bowel movement! Those who drink at least 400 milligrams of caffeine have a lower risk of developing gallstones.
Coffee fights the bad fat in your body by reducing total cholesterol, LDL or bad cholesterol. For sugar patients who also suffer from low blood pressure, caffeinated coffee is a great alternative to boost the blood pressure levels, enabling a sudden surge.
- Did you know?
Coffee has about 8-10 vitamins and minerals in it. These include Vitamin B1, 2, 3 and 5, Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorous.
Interestingly, studies show that those who consume coffee have a 20-60% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Coffee lowers the risk of Cirrhosis by 84% and reduced risk of liver cancer by 40%!
Coffee improves cognitive function and decreases the risk of depression.
- Covfefe or Coffee – The benefits are unparalleled
Often, healthy food or drinks taste bitter. But with coffee, humanity witnesses the best of both worlds- Taste that leaves you wanting more and benefits that make you feel like a superhero!
It is amazing that something as simple as a cup of coffee plays such a vital part in our every day. With its plethora of benefits, it is good for us, if we know where to draw the line. All this coffee talk surely must make you crave a cup. Go grab one!