A cup of coffee in the morning adds enough caffeine in your system to make you roll through the day. From one cup to two, you slowly climb the ladder of caffeine intake for reasons ranging from staying awake to getting rid of a headache. Then, there are people who cannot function without it. However, there is this question we fail to ask ourselves or are mostly ignorant of: How is it affecting us?
Well, it’s about time we found out.
Let’s talk about what it contains first:
- 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.
- 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
The aforementioned ingredients are what a cup of coffee generally contains. More importantly, it provides you with antioxidants which all the vegetables and fruits don’t.
As you all love your coffee so much, we will start out with the health benefits coffee has on your body:
Increases your metabolism and enhances brain functioning.
There are ample numbers of food items containing caffeine such as soft drinks, chocolate, and tea. However, coffee is on the top of the game when it comes to providing caffeine.
One cup contains caffeine in between 30 to 300 mg. However, certain benefits to drinking coffee are short-term including a boost in mood, general cognitive function, and vigilance. As the time passes, these benefits slow down.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s risk is reduced.
According to studies, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (which is the most common neurogenerative disease) is reduced up to 65%. Parkinson is the second most common disease and coffee reduces the risk of it substantially by 32 to 60%.
Regular coffee intake means a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
An elevated amount of sugar in the blood leads to type 2 diabetes. The number of people affected by it has increased drastically with over 300 million people afflicted by it.
Good news for coffee drinkers – you are 23-67% less likely to be diabetic.
Low chances of liver disease.
With alcohol and fructose intake becoming a thing, liver disease is becoming very common. When scar tissue starts to replace the liver, it is the last stage of the disease. This is called Cirrhosis and it’s lethal.
If you are a regular coffee drinker then the risk of developing Cirrhosis decreases substantially. Do you wanna know the numbers? By almost 84%.
A lower risk of suicide and depression.
The mental health issue which is quite common around the world at the moment is depression. Coffee has a positive effect on people as it lowers the risk of depression by a staggering 20%. Moreover, the studies show people who drink 3 to 4 cups a day are 53% less likely to commit suicide.
However, it won’t be fair to just talk about one side of the coin. Hence, here are a few negative aspects of drinking coffee:
Anxiety and disruption of sleeping pattern.
If you consume too much coffee there are high chances that you’d also face the consequences of it which are anxiety, heart palpations, jitteriness, and even panic attacks.
If you are one of those people who are oversensitive after drinking coffee then please stop drinking it. Apart from that, coffee can also lead to disruption of sleep. Hence, you should avoid drinking it after 2 pm.
Caffeine is addictive. It can result in withdrawal.
Uncalled cravings for caffeine is the easiest thing to happen. Getting addicted to caffeine is quite easy. With time, people stop seeing the similar effects of coffee on themselves after two cups and hence, they start drinking more. Some people might notice withdrawal symptoms such as tiredness, irritability, brain fog etc. after a point.
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