Benefits And Side Effects Of Coffee
Who missed the cup of coffee in the just concluded Game of Thrones series? I know I did not! But I won't say what episode. I guess even warriors need their dose of coffee before and after a battle, right? Hollywood has been very instrumental in the increase in coffee consumption; I mean, there is someone literally craving a cup of coffee in almost every movie we watch today. From the classic Americano to the Latte, the Mocha, the Cappuccino, Frappuccino, and every other variant that exists, coffee is a drink that has proved to be here to stay in all of its forms. Personally, I prefer an Americano, and I prefer it much stronger than usual, but I think we can all agree that the Latte is perhaps the most popular coffee drink worldwide.
Coffee has come to make its mark as the drink of champions, the power drink. When you think of coffee, you imagine a business mogul grabbing a cup while running from one meeting to the other. It has become a drink of style, I mean, if you are not in the coffee drinking circles, then there has to be something wrong with you, right?
Well, coffee is much more than style and power, in as much as we enjoy these perks, I know I do, there are actually health benefits and believe it or not, detriments to drinking coffee. That is right, our favorite power drink has its pros and cons, and these are the things that we are going to be looking at today. Let us explore why coffee is good for us and why it is bad for us.
Benefits of Coffee
For coffee lovers like me, you would be pleased to learn that coffee has some rather impressive benefits on our health. Let us explore them.
Prevention of Diabetes
According to the UCLA researchers, they have found that the consumption of coffee actually aids the increase of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin plasma levels. In non-geek English, the hormones that control the testosterone and estrogen in the body. Now this hormone has been known to play a part in type 2 diabetes development in the body. So basically, coffee helps to cause a reverse reaction than that which promotes type 2 diabetes in the body. How awesome is that for a coffee drinker?
Prevention of Parkinson’s disease
Following yet another research, it was found that the more coffee you take, the fewer chances you have of developing Parkinson's disease. I mean, first diabetes and now Parkinson's? Drinking coffee just keeps getting better. That is not even all; further studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee can actually help to curb the movement of Parkinson's sufferers. I guess Parkinson patients should consider developing a habitual coffee drinking habit. (Bad joke?)
Protects the Heart against Failure
A study carried out at the Harvard school of public health showed that daily consumption of coffee actually helps to protect your heart against failure. This study, however, laid emphasis on the fact that it involves drinking coffee in moderation. This moderation refers to about 2 American servings of about 8-ounces each. Well, personally, there is a moderate requirement, and then, there is the preferred requirement, either way, you are still protecting your heart; is that not cool?
Coffee has been known to actually help raise one's metabolism. If you know anything about metabolisms, you know, that an increase in metabolism equals a faster rate of fat burn, and for those who want to lose weight, this is just great news. That's not not all folks! The caffeine in coffee also helps to improve your physical performance and your physical endurance level. Weight loss and improved activities, why would you not drink coffee?
Reduced Risk of Depression
Depression is fast affecting more and more people in the world today, and it is gaining more awareness than ever before however, one thing that is being under-looked, is the ability of coffee to actually reduce the risks of depression. Coffee has actually been known to have an effect on our moods and studies have shown that the more you drink coffee, the lighter and less depressive you feel. I must say, this is one benefit I personally have enjoyed time and time again.
Side Effects of Coffee
We have seen 5 amazing benefits of drinking coffee; I think it is only fair that we also look into the side effects of coffee to balance the scales.
It Can Lead To Tension and Stress
Coffee is excellent for increasing the metabolism and keeping you active physically for longer; however, too much of it can actually send your body into overdrive, thereby causing the dreaded tension and stress on the body. Coffee is great for perking you up, but keeping your body in a constant state of being perked up is not healthy.
Coffee sometimes serves as a laxative for us because it triggers the process of peristalsis, which is the process the body goes through that makes us go to the toilet. The effect of this, however, is that coffee can actually trigger this process before the body is ready for it. This can lead to undigested food being sent into the small intestines from the stomach and in the process, it hinders the absorption of nutrients from the food eaten. Basically, in as much as coffee is excellent as a laxative, it should not be used too often to allow the body to go through its normal processes.
Risk of Ulcer
As beneficial as coffee and caffeine are, it does contain some slightly acidic contents that can go to work on the walls of our stomach and small intestines and cause damages to them. This is the reason ulcer, Crohn's, and IBS patients are advised to avoid coffee. It is not very clear yet if the coffee actually contributes to the development of these stomach conditions; however, it has been speculated that coffee being acidic, can actually help to create the perfect environment for the growth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria which is actually responsible for ulcer.
Depletion of Hydrochloric Acid
Drinking of coffee on an empty stomach encourages the stomach to mimic the action of food digestion, and this causes it to release hydrochloric acid. This actually leads to the depletion of the level of hydrochloric acid in the body, and as a result, the body may not have enough hydrochloric acid to breakdown heavy protein-based foods. The non-breakdown of foods can cause other complications such as bloating, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome.
If you are a coffee lover like me, then you have to admit that these side effects of coffee are really not something that we want to see. However, in order to stay healthy and enjoy the benefits that coffee has to offer, you really have to understand that coffee is better consumed in moderation. Excess consumption of coffee as in as much as you love it and do not want to hear it, it is detrimental to your health. Also, you have to understand your body system and be sure not to consume coffee if you have any gut issues that could be aggravated by coffee.
Enjoy your coffee however you like it just like I will but, be sure to not overdo it. Cheers!