It would be an understatement to say that I like coffee. I am an avid coffee lover. I am beginning to think that my obsession (I refuse to admit to this being an ‘addiction’ so from now it will be referred to as an obsession..) is slightly unhealthy. I average out at about 10-12 cups a day – two teaspoons of coffee, milk, no sugar. BUT there is good news. I read a few studies and articles on coffee, and it turns out it can be good for you. Well, in moderation, like everything good in life.
- For starters, it can (apparently) make you smarter! As you know, the active ingredient in coffee is caffeine which is obviously a stimulant, and caffeine’s main use in the brain is to block a neurotransmitter called Adenosine (which pretty much just promotes sleep) which then means that your brain can concentrate on releasing things like dopamine and norepinephrine. Basically, caffeine stops you doing things like sleep and allows you to use parts of your brain that will increase your brain function and improve your mood.
- It can burn fat?! This is the best news I have heard all day. In most fat burning supplements and the like, you’ll most likely find caffeine as a vital ingredient. Caffeine, somewhat due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids, which means … it burns fat!
- Slightly skeptical about this one but … coffee may lower the risk of premature death. It can be known that coffee can decrease your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers, various Cancers, Parkinsons, Cirrhosis etc… So, from this I have learned that due to the copious amounts of coffee I consume in a day, I’m going to live forever.
- Coffee is packed full of antioxidants, nutrients and lots of other lovely good stuff.
A cup of coffee contains:
- 6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
- 11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
- 2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
- 3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.
Fun Fact: Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, even bigger than fruit and veg together. (apparently)
However, at the end of all these articles, it was made very clear that too much coffee is harmful to your body. In moderation, coffee can lead you to a longer, happier life. So after all this extensive research (sort of), I have come to the conclusion that a green tea every now and then won’t hurt! One of my 20 Goals Before 20 was to cut down on coffee, and after reading all this I think I might keep having a go at that.
After all that writing, I think I need a coffee.
Here are some links that helped me write this post and you might find some of it useful: