Do you need a cup of coffee to get up and going in the morning? Many people are addicted to the flavour and taste of coffee. But, have you given a thought to what it can do to your health?
By Ashwin Dewan
You want it in the morning, you crave for it during the day and don’t mind waiting in long queues to get your very own cup of this beverage. Coffee lovers are increasing rapidly with each passing day, and with good reason too.
After tea, coffee is the beverage that is consumed widely in India. According to an article published in IBEF, coffee production in India stood at 348,000 metric tonnes (MT) in 2015-2016. Several international and national retail coffee chains have opened in recent years. Coffee comes in many forms – whole beans, ground coffee and freeze-dried.
“Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.” – Sheik Abd al Kadir
Coffee stunts one’s growth. It dehydrates the body. Drinking an espresso is harmful for health – such myths abound. However, the health benefits surpass the so-called ill-effects. Read on for more…
A cup of coffee does wonders to up the mood and spike the energy level even on the dullest of days. Have you wondered why? This is due to the presence of caffeine, which is absorbed into the bloodstream from where it travels to the brain. An article published in Health Line states that caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain that leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and other aspects of brain function.
Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radicals (elements found naturally in the body that damage cells and play a part in causing cancer). Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and is high in flavonoids, which possess antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor properties.
Another great reason to drink coffee is that it aids in weight loss by burning fat. Caffeine, one of the main components of coffee, is known for its fat burning properties. It is one of the few substances known to help mobilise fats from fat tissue and increase metabolism. The higher our metabolic rate, the easier it becomes to lose weight.
Coffee consumption may lower the risk of mild cognitive impairment. According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology, it was found that women over the age of 65 who consumed coffee on a regular basis had a lower risk of developing cognitive impairment. In addition to providing a boost in brain activity and memory, coffee helps protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Coffee may help lower your risk of getting type II Diabetes that is a major problem many people are facing around the world. Coffee helps the body use insulin. It protects insulin-producing cells, which enable regulation of blood sugar. It also prevents tissue damage and battles inflammation, a risk factor for type II diabetes.
The liver is one of the most important organs of the human body. There are many diseases that may affect the liver like hepatitis, fatty liver disease, etc. All these can result in cirrhosis – in which the liver is replaced by scar tissue. Regular consumption of coffee can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver.
Coffee can protect the heart and lower the risk of stroke. An article published in coffeeandhealth states that moderate coffee consumption may reduce the risk of stroke and limit the consequences of suffering a stroke.
Apart from these health benefits of coffee, regular consumption of coffee can also fight depression, make you happy, lower the risk of cancer and guard against gout. So, get your cuppa now!
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