For years, physicians claim that drinking coffee has a negative effect on our health. Maybe you are not aware of the fact that coffee will raise your blood pressure which will lead to heart disease, make you diabetic, or give you an ulcer.
The experts recommend that coffee should not be consumed in excess. However, new studies failed to prove that even the moderate consumption of coffee can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease or other serious diseases.
But, other studies show that the moderate consumption of coffee can have health-promoting properties. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which claims that coffee may actually reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Even though the experts recommend avoiding coffee as much as possible, people around the world regularly consume it in massive quantities.
Although we can’t argue and we are not sure about the therapeutic benefits of coffee, we can surely say that if you are consuming it with sugar or other sweeteners and flavorings, you are definitely missing the therapeutic benefits and potentially damaging your health.
Could Coffee Really be GOOD for You?
Ori Hofmekler is an author of The Warrior Diet and Unlocking the Muscle Genewho has spent a lot of time researching coffee. According to Ori, when consumed in the right way, coffee can be used efficiently as part of your fitness plan as well as your overall health.
Organic coffee as a whole food is considered as therapeutic, but caffeine in isolation may be toxic. Coffee beans contain vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, polyphenol antioxidants which all work together to neutralize the negative effect of the caffeine.
Containing all these compounds, you may ask yourself if there can be unwanted health effects. The answer is yes. But, as we said before, undesirable health effects can occur if it is ingested in isolation, as opposed to being consumed as part of the whole food.
What about the Caffeine?
Caffeine is the most common used drug worldwide. It can be harmful or helpful, depending on the way how it is used. Caffeine blocks the normal action of adenosine, thus providing a “lift”. Adenosine induces sleepiness and slows down the activity of your brain.
There are some people who don’t tolerate it well and are caffeine sensitive, meaning that if they have caffeine too late in the day they have sleeping problems.
Caffeine levels usually depend on the type of roast, grind, brewing method, and bean. It is considered that darker roasts contain less caffeine compared to lighter roasts because of the prolonged heat breaking down more of the caffeine molecules.
Bean species, on the other hand, differ in their naturally occurring concentrations of caffeine. Moreover, drip coffee, in fact, contains more caffeine than espresso because the brew time is much longer. Also, it is considered that the finer the grind, the higher in caffeine in the coffee.
If you have some problem with reduced adrenal function, make sure to use coffee in moderate because it can be hard on your adrenal glands. Coffee is also known to have a diuretic effect, which means that you should avoid it if you have problems with electrolyte imbalance.
It is very important to know that caffeine is not always the cause for your negative reactions to coffee. You may be sensitive to some of the oils or burnt sugars produced during the roasting of the beans.
A number of people experience symptoms like stomach cramping, heart palpitations and other autonomic symptoms. Also, there is a chance that the mold or other contaminants trigger an allergy, so it is very important to choose a coffee of the highest quality and meticulously produced.
In general, if you have a good health, coffee is pretty well tolerated, and for most people it has positive effects rather than negative ones. However, pregnant women are highly recommended to completely avoid using caffeine.
Health Benefits of Coffee
- Type 2 diabetes
According to a 2010 Japanese study, the consumption of coffee can effectively prevent type2 diabetes. Moreover, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which claimed that coffee doubles glucose intake, known for having the ability to reduce blood glucose levels.
- Parkinson’s Disease
Coffee significantly reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Actually, coffeeis so effective that many drug companies are designing experimental drugs that can mimic coffee’s benefits to your brain.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
According to a 2011 study, coffee contains an unidentified mystery that can interact with the caffeine, thus protecting you from Alzheimer’s disease.
- Prostate Cancer
There was a study in 2011 that included 50,000 men who drank 6 cups of coffee a day and 60% of them experienced lower risk of lethal prostate cancer while those who drank 3 cups a day had a 30% lower risk.
- Liver Cancer
A study conducted in Japan proved that people who regularly consumed coffee experienced a reduced risk of HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma), a type of liver cancer compared to people who never drank coffee. Coffee it is also related to less severe liver fibrosis, lower rates of hepatitis-C disease progression, and lower levels of fat in your liver.
- Kidney Cancer
The consumption of coffee can be linked to reduced risk of kidney cancer.
- Colorectal Cancer
According to a 2007 study, the regular consumption of coffee can lower colon cancer risk among women.
- Hearth Rhythm Problems
The moderate consumption of coffee can reduce your risk of heart rhythm problems.
- Pulmonary Function
It is scientifically proven that coffee has a beneficial effect on the pulmonary function of nonsmokers.
Women who drank more than 1 cup of coffee a day experienced a 25% lower risk of stroke compared to women who drank less. Moreover, a 2009 study proved that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day managed to reduce their stroke risk by 20%.
- Gastrointestinal Flora
According to a 2009 study, coffee has the ability to produce an increase in the metabolic activity and the numbers of Bifidobacterium (beneficial bacteria in your gut).
Actually, there are a great number of studies with positive findings. There are also studies suggesting that coffee is not beneficial, but most of the studies are positive, claiming that coffee has been unfairly maligned. It is proven that coffee has the ability to stabilize the blood glucose level and help curb sugar cravings. Caffeine can bind to the opioid receptors, thus preventing sugar cravings.
Furthermore, coffee triggers a mechanism in the brain that releases BDNF – a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor that can activate brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, expressing itself in the muscles. It supports the neuromotor (the most critical element in the muscle). To be more specific, caffeine from natural whole coffee has the ability to keep your brain and muscle tissue young.
When to Drink Coffee for Maximum Benefit
Ori Hofmekler’s extensive research proved that coffee can increase the metabolism by up to 20%. In fact, coffee can be beneficial if consumed before exercising. Ori claims that the consumption of coffee before training allows you energy to initiate the workout. People who exercise in the morning are recommended to drink coffee before their training.
Being a potent substance, coffee should be consumed only in moderation and of course without sugar. According to Ori, 1 cup of organic coffee or one shot of espresso in the morning or before training is enough for the entire day.
If you tend to exercise in the morning, you should drink your coffee prior to your workout, and not after because it interferes with the muscle-building mechanism of your body. The whole fresh organic coffee is good for your body because it does not hit your system the way synthetic caffeine does. However, make sure to consume it in moderation.
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