Is Coffee Really Good or Bad for You? (Part 1)
Do I like coffee? As my favorite TV character once said – only with my oxygen. I do love coffee so I was excited to make my research and write this post. And I’ve noticed that everyone who loves coffee finds something good to say about it. On the contrary, coffee haters can talk for hours about how bad it is for your health. So clearly we’re all kind of biased, depending on our love or hate for this hot beverage which I think comes from the simple fact whether we love its taste or not. So in this article, I’ll try to be fair and unbiased and I’ll look at both sides.
What Are The Benefits of Coffee:
- Coffee Can Make You Smarter
We all know that coffee is a stimulant. However, it can not only keep you awake, but it can also improve your brain function. It can temporarily make you more focused, vigilant and mindful. This is thanks to its active ingredient – caffeine. Caffeine can make your reactions faster and you’re literally able to think and speak more quickly.
- Coffee Improves Your Vision
Caffeine causes your pupils to dilate and this way they allow more light to your retina. This can make you better at differentiating objects and people, to notice more details in a room or to see letters better when you read, even when the lightning is bad.
- Coffee May Improve Physical Performance
As a stimulant, caffeine gives you more energy and more energy means more endurance and better physical performance. It’s no wonder most energy drinks and fat-burning supplements contain caffeine. Drinking coffee before working out can improve your performance and speed up your metabolism. It not only gives you a boost of energy, but it also mobilizes fatty acids from the fat tissues. This can make you burn more fat because your body uses these fat tissues for fuel.
- Coffee Can Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Nowadays, type 2 diabetes is one of the more common diseases in western countries and is characterized by high blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance. And while that’s a lifestyle-related disease that can be prevented to some extent by eating healthy and exercising regularly, another habit you can incorporate is having a cup of coffee. Research shows that coffee can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes up to 67%! In the research the more cups of coffee people drank, the lower their risk of getting diabetes was.
- Coffee May Protect Your Brain Health
Besides making you temporarily smarter in the short term, coffee can also protect your brain throughout your whole life and when you’re older. According to studies, coffee drinkers have a lower chance of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases which are the two most common neurodegenerative disorders in the world. Having a couple of cups of coffee daily can reduce the chance of these dangerous conditions by up to 60%.
- Coffee Is a Great Antioxidant
Living in the 21st century, surrounded by pollution and all kinds of chemicals, we want to take as many antioxidants as possible. They help our bodies fight free radicals, prevent premature aging and diseases like cancer. Coffee is a great thing to include in our healthy diet because it contains massive amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, coffee is one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the Western diet.
- Coffee Is Good for Your Liver
Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body as it literally detoxifies you. It’s especially vulnerable to things like consuming too much alcohol, red meat, and fructose. Coffee can protect your liver and prevent liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis, which is the final stage of liver damage by 80%.
So, we saw that coffee can be extremely beneficial for you and that may make you have a cup of coffee now and then even if you don’t like its taste. However, there are some downsides too. We’ll check those out in part 2.