Is Coffee Really Good or Bad?
The effects of ‘Coffee’ in our body has been somewhat controversial for so many people – even the experts. In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. Does it really affect you to perform better?
Coffee is high in vitamins and antioxidants and helps reduce the risk of many diseases. Let’s look at what a usual 8oz cup of coffee contains:
- Folate: 1% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
Enhances Brain Function and Boosts Metabolism
Coffee is also one of the biggest sources of caffeine, a stimulant that blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This process increases the activity and enhances the function of the brain.
It also helps release other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine which reduce tiredness and make us feel energized.
Numerous studies show that caffeine can temporarily improve your mood, reaction time, alertness, and general cognitive function.
Caffeine can also boost metabolism and increase exercise performance. However, these effects are just temporary and daily intake of coffee can develop tolerance to it.
Helps Protect Brain Against Neurodegenerative DIseases
Other studies show that those who drink coffee have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease – a neurodegenerative disease and a leading cause of dementia.
Coffee drinkers also have a 32-60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease – another neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine.
Other positive effects of drinking coffee are:
- Lowers the risk of type 2 Diabetes
- Lowers the risk of Liver diseases
- Lowers the risk of depression and suicide
- Makes one live longer.
Studies show that drinking coffee also has negative effects on our body. Let’s now look at the cons.
Everyone is different and the effect of coffee in our body differs as well. Your reaction to coffee is generally determined by genetics that affect caffeine metabolism.
For some, caffeine consumption makes them jittery and anxious. If you are sensitive to caffeine, it can even make your heart palpitate and can heighten panic attacks.
Coffee can also disrupt sleep and reduce the quality of your sleep. I once had coffee with my brother around 9 in the evening, and the next day he looked like a zombie.
He complained that he wasn’t able to sleep that night because of the coffee we had. I looked at him and I said, “Really? Well, I had a very peaceful sleep. (Big grin)”
Separation Anxiety (with coffee)
Caffeine can also be addicting. When you consume coffee regularly, you can become tolerant to it. If you notice that you don’t get the same effects when you drink coffee and stops working as it used to, that could be it – addiction.
When you try to avoid drinking coffee and experience withdrawal symptoms like severe headache, irritability, and exhaustion, it means that you are somewhat addicted to coffee.
Bottomline is, coffee does play a big role in our system. Some people function really well as long as they have coffee. For them, a day without coffee is literally incomplete.
Does drinking coffee motivate you to go on with your daily activities?