There are good reasons to drink coffee and there are a few reasons not to. After all, you may have a caffeine-hater in your life. You know the type – they’re always telling you what’s bad for your health.
Good reasons to drink coffee:
A cup of coffee in the morning may provide more than just an energy boost. With over 400 billion cups of coffee thought to be consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. The potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer.
- It may help you lose weight, it contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks.
- It helps you burn fat, caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training.
- It helps you focus and stay alert. Moderate caffeine intake, 1 – 6 cups a day, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness.
- It lowers risk of death. Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of premature death is 25% lower than of those who don’t drink coffee.
- It reduces risk of stroke. Reasonable consumption of coffee (2 – 4 cups a day) is associated with lower risk of stroke.
- It boosts your physical performance. Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood. Adrenaline is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone which helps you to prepare for physical exertion.
- It brightens your mood, helps fight depression and lowers risk of suicide. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, which elevate your mood. Two cups of coffee a day prevents risk of suicide by 50 %.
Risks of coffee:
- It can cause insomnia and restlessness. Again, it’s the caffeine working here. Your recommended maximum amount of caffeine is 400 milligrams, roughly the amount that you’ll get from 4 cups of coffee. If you’re caffeine-sensitive, be careful with coffee. You are probably already aware what amount and what kind of coffee suits, or doesn’t suit you.
- Bad coffee can be toxic. Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause sickness, headache or a general bad feeling. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. Even one ruined bean can make your cup toxic. If you invest and buy high quality, speciality coffee you don’t have to worry about this.
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