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Reasons You Should Take the Right Amount of Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks available in the world. It is made from the roasted beans of Coffea fruits (Coffea arabica, Coffea canephora). Coffee is richly packed with substances that may help guard against conditions more common in women, including Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

Though coffee contains large amount of caffeine, it also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.

Coffee contains the following constituents; caffeine, tannin, fixed oil, carbohydrates, and proteins. It contains 2–3% caffeine, 3–5% tannins, 13% proteins, and 10–15% fixed oils. In the seeds, caffeine is present as a salt of chlorogenic acid (CGA).

Reasons to Consume Coffee more Often

Overall Health: Coffee intake have been seen to improve overall health according to research, because of the antioxidants and other micronutrients. The studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. 

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that leads to memory loss and impaired thinking. Though it is not clear how coffee does this but drinking of 3-5 cups of coffee per day at midlife was associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD by about 65% at late-life according to the CAIDE study.

Good for the Liver: According to Ryan D Heath, a daily cup of coffee could lower the risk of dying from chronic liver disease by 15%. Coffee lovers may be pleased to know that drinking four cups per day equates to a 71% lower risk. Additionally, “Taking 2 cups of coffee may lower the risk of liver scarring in people with liver problems,” Dr. Boyer adds.

Drinking two cups of coffee has also been linked to a reduced risk of liver cancer of up to 43%.

Reduces the Risk of Heart Failure: Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body. 

However, keep in mind that caffeine could affect blood pressure levels. Therefore, people with unmanaged blood pressure may need to limit or moderate their caffeine intake 

Helps you Lose Weight: coffee increase the rate of metabolism. The higher your metabolic rate, the easier it is for you to lose weight and the more you can eat without gaining weight. Studies show that caffeine can increase RMR by 3–11%, with larger doses having a greater effect. 

Improves Physical Exercise: Caffeine is a performance and endurance enhancer; not only does it fight fatigue, but it also strengthens muscle contraction, reduces the exerciser’s perception of pain, and increases fatty acids in the blood, which supports endurance.

Lowers the Risk of Type 2 diabetes: According to researchers, coffee may be beneficial in keeping diabetes at bay in several ways: 

  • By helping the body use insulin and protecting insulin-producing cells, enabling effective regulation of blood sugar.
  • Preventing tissue damage; and 
  • Battling inflammation, a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes. 

One component of coffee known as caffeic acid has been found to be particularly significant in reducing the toxic accumulation of abnormal protein deposits (amyloid fibrils) found in people with type 2 diabetes. Decaffeinated coffee is thought to be as beneficial, or more so, than regular.

Note: There is some evidence that coffee decreases the sensitivity of muscle cells to the effects of insulin, which might impair the metabolism of sugar and raise blood sugar levels. The significance of this finding, however, is still unclear.

Reduces the Risk of Cancer: One of the antioxidants present in coffee have demonstrated anticarcinogenic properties in several studies and are thought to help reduce the inflammation that could be responsible for some tumors.

Boost Your Mood: Coffee not only works as a mild antidepressant in some people, but it also helps prevent mood swings, making you feel happier overall.

Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease: Caffeine lowers the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease.

It may also help those with the condition better control their movements.

Studies in neurology showed that a daily dose of caffeine equivalent to that found in two eight-ounce cups of black coffee can help to control the involuntary movements of people who already have the disease.

Provides short-term memory boost: The caffeine in coffees appears to affect the particular areas of the brain responsible for memory and concentration, providing a boost to short-term memory, although it’s not clear how long the effect lasts or how it may vary from person to person.

In conclusion, caffeine affects every person differently. Just as the benefits listed, in some people, coffee can cause irritability, nervousness or anxiety in high doses, and it can also impact sleep quality and cause insomnia, in people with hypertension. 

So if you experience any negative side effects, consider cutting your coffee consumption accordingly or talk to a doctor for advice or recommendations. 





 

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