People have a kind of love-hate relationship with coffee. Coffee has both been praised and mocked by people for centuries. The story of how it was discovered amuses me a lot. For those who don’t know about it let me brief it a bit for you. ‘It is said that a person named Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that his goats get energized after eating berries from a certain tree. Further, he reported the same to his local monastery and they developed a drink from it.’ This is how the trend began to spread.
The main ingredient of coffee is caffeine which is a psychoactive substance. Although there are several benefits of drinking coffee, along with them there are several disadvantages too. So today’s article is all about the benefits and side effects of drinking coffee. And I’ll also be talking about people who should avoid drinking coffee..
BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE
Most of these benefits of drinking coffee are attained when you drink black coffee without sugar because it has almost no calories. This will also help more in weight loss. Whereas you should avoid coffee with milk, cream and sugar because it is full of calories and may not give the desired results. You will end up adding more calories to your coffee by adding these. Now lets have a look at the benefits.
Helps in boosting physical performance
As I mentioned above coffee has ingredients like caffeine and they help in increasing adrenaline levels in our blood. Which further helps in providing us the much-needed energy. Hence it is highly recommended that before beginning any workout you should consume half cup of black coffee. It will improve your performance.
Helps in reduction of weight
Along with caffeine, coffee contains magnesium and potassium. The magnesium and potassium help in using the insulin and manages the blood sugar level. It even helps us in reducing our cravings for sugar. Moreover, it helps in breaking down the fat cells which can be further used in training.
Helps you in remaining focused and alert
If consumed in adequate amounts coffee will help you in increasing your focusing level and also improve your mental alertness.
Coffee protects your body and reduces the risk of diseases like cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s disease
Coffee contains many antioxidants. These antioxidants protect our body from the inside. They act as small warriors against the free radicals inside.
As I mentioned above, the health benefits of coffee have been studied properly. According to studies, coffee decreases the risk of prostate cancer in men by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 %. Moreover, it also prevents the development of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Further studies proved that a reasonable consumption that is 2–4 cups a day can lower the risk of stroke. There’s evidence that regular coffee drinking decreases the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25 %.
Coffee lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
The ingredient caffeine in coffee helps in decreasing insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Coffee helps in uplifting your mood
This point is something that does not require explanation because we all know how coffee helps us in uplifting our mood. However, if we talk in the scientific sense, caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system. It further boosts the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood. Hence these are a few benefits of this wonderful product. Now let’s take a look at the disadvantages of this product.
Apart from these benefits of drinking coffee. It is also trending as a beauty product. Coffee is proved to work as a beauty ingredient and hence is used by many brands as main ingredient in their products. One of them is MCaffeine. We have already reviewed Best MCaffeine Products.
Coffee can help to relieve constipation
Many people drink coffee everyday and their main purpose behind it to clean their stomach and regularize their bowel movements everyday. May be cause they are easily prone to constipation. It is true that coffee helps in relieving constipation and cleanse your stomach if you drink it everyday.
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