Coffee has been both praised and mocked for centuries. It has been blamed to cause impotence and madness, other times a cure for laziness or “gift from heaven”. Heavy stuff. But what are the actual, scientifically proven pros and cons of coffee we know today?
Health Benefits and Disadvantages of Coffee
Caffeine, the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world, is the best known ingredient of coffee. Its beneficial effects on the human body has been researched quite well, but coffee as a whole is a complex beverage with a thousand different substances. Some studies argue that decaf and caffeinated coffee may have the same health effects and suggest that it’s not the caffeine that is responsible for most of coffee’s health benefits.
Research on coffee and it’s pros and cons for humans is nowhere near finished, but here is a list of what we know at the moment.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE
Helpful in workout
You may have seen people in the gym drinking coffee several times before starting a workout . Coffee is considered . to be a good source of metabolism. Athlete and Olympic champion Mohammad Farah has told in his autobiography that he always used to drink coffee 20 minutes before his workout. Because coffee gave them energy and protected them from exhaustion .
Sharpens the mind
Black coffee is beneficial , for the brain, as well as increases brain alertness and memory. In addition, it keeps the nerves active, which also protects against dementia.
Coffee may help you lose weight
It contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing your craving for sugary treats and snacks.
Coffee helps you burn fat
Caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training.
Blood Pressure Control
Chlorazonic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in coffee beans, which regulates the metabolism of sugar in the body. It controls blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Cleans the stomach
Coffee is a diuretic beverage that will make you urinate frequently. Therefore, drinking black coffee without sugar flushes out toxins and bacteria and clears your stomach.
Coffee lowers risk of death
Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of premature death is 25% lower than of those who don’t drink coffee.
Coffee reduces risk of cancers
One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20 %, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 %. People in the test group drank four cups of coffee a day. Caffeine may also prevent developing of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.
Good for the heart
According to a recent study, the caffeine present in a cup of coffee helps your blood vessels to function properly, which keeps your heart health good.
Coffee reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease
Studies have shown that regular coffee drinking decreases risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25 %. There’s evidence that coffee causes activity in the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s.
Drinking black coffee without sugar helps you lose weight very quickly. It increases your metabolism by up to 50 percent, so that you work out well in the gym. Black coffee also helps to keep your stomach inside.
DISADVANTAGES AND RISKS OF COFFEE DRINKING
Bad coffee can be toxic
Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause sickness, headache or a general bad feeling. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. Even one ruined bean can make your cup toxic. If you invest and buy high quality, specialty coffee you don’t have to worry about this.
Coffee can kill you
Yes, if you drink 80-100 cups (23 liters) in a short session. This dose is lethal and will amount in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach this point, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 liters of any liquid is a lot. Even drinking 23 liters of water can kill you.
Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness
Again, it’s the caffeine working here. Your recommended maximum amount of caffeine is 400 milligrams, roughly the amount that you’ll get from 4 cups of coffee. If you’re caffeine-sensitive, be careful with coffee. You are probably already aware what amount and what kind of coffee suits, or doesn’t suit you. The amount of caffeine that is safe for human consumption is actually written in our DNA.
Don’t drink more than one cup a day if you’re pregnant
Studies on coffee’s effect on a fetus have been controversial, but one thing is sure: if you drink coffee when pregnant, caffeine will also reach the fetus, and your baby is highly sensitive to caffeine. So, if you’re a heavyweight coffee drinker and can’t stop drinking it while pregnant, at least reduce your coffee intake to one cup a day.
If you have high cholesterol please choose filtered coffee
Coffee beans contain cafestol and kahweol, two ingredients that appear to raise LDL cholesterol levels. Filtering the coffee traps most of the LDL, but cafestol and kahweol are found in espresso, turkish coffee, french press and scandinavian style “cooked coffee”.
(The intake of LDL from a cup of espresso is still so small, that for people with normal cholesterol levels, won’t be at risk. There are also some studies at preliminary stages of diagnosis that have found marks that cafestol and kahweol may have some beneficial anti-cancer effects, and be good for your liver.)
SO, IS IT GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?
If you have high cholesterol or you are caffeine sensitive, pregnant or a child (or a parent of one), you should pay attention to coffee drinking.
For others, reasonable amounts (1-6 cups a day) coffee can be good for you. It can prevent serious diseases, boost your mind and muscles, and even help you with weight loss. Remember, as long as you drink toxin free, specialty coffee and brew it with care, you can and should be enjoying it knowing it’s good for you. If you took the time to read this whole article (thank you!), please share it so your friends will get it right, too.