Are you a total coffee addict or you just enjoy a random cup of coffee every once in a while? Whichever category you are part of, there’s a huge controversy around coffee and whether it has more benefits than negative sides. Let’s take a look at both of them and we can then decide for ourselves whether we pour another cup or just brew some fresh tea.
And like any respectable coffee drinker, I will start with listing the benefits first.
- It keeps you awake
I decided to start with the most obvious one. However, what’s interesting about this is why, more precisely does coffee “keep us awake”? Basically what coffee does is block adenosine and set free other neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and dopamine. This gives us the feeling of being more alert. And another great little hint here, caffeine can boost metabolism, meaning the number of calories you burn. Tempting, right?
- Coffee and Diabetes 2 connection?
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of developing Diabetes type 2. The percentages vary between 23-67% when it comes to how much more less likely coffee drinkers are to develop this disease.
- Coffee, brain and liver?
Diabetes type 2 is not the only disease coffee seems to be working wonders against. Studies show that it also reduces the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson. Coffee drinkers are 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer. That’s not all. We, the drinkers have less chances of developing a liver disease. The chances are 84% smaller in developing cirrhosis (and they increase if you consume more than 4 cups of coffee per day).
- Goodbye depression?
It is said that people who drink coffee live longer and now it makes perfect sense way. Joking left aside, coffee is said to decrease with 20% the risk of becoming depressed and with 53% the risk of committing suicide. Pour me another cup already?
- Coffee helps us lose weight?
Yes, so to speak. Truth is, because coffee contains magnesium and potassium it helps us use insulin and regulate the blood sugar level. Meaning, you will be less likely to crave that chocolate after coffee.
- Coffee fighting cancer?
Truth is, studies have shown that coffee reduces the risk of prostate cancer in men with over 20% and by 25% the endometrial cancer in women. However, don’t count on coffee for keeping you away from cancer.
Everything we enumerated so far sounds so tempting that it makes me want to pay a visit to my favorite coffee shop and ask for another cup. However, in order to reveal the entire truth about coffee we need to take a look at the downsides as well, because coffee is not a unicorn.
- Coffee goes hand in hand with anxiety
Due to its components, coffee can easily lead to anxiety, jitteriness and even increase chances of having panic attacks. So if you are aware of having any of these issues already on your list, probably coffee is not the answer for you.
- It causes addiction
Yes it does. This is true, unfortunately. In case you start your mornings with coffee and then the rest of your day is basically relying on your coffee dosage, missing a cup or two can lead to withdrawal. This does not sounds like much fun, right?
- Coffee and pregnancy
Yes another controversial subtopic. But one thing appears to be sure. If you do drink coffee while pregnant, caffeine reaches your fetus, who is highly sensitive to it. So even if giving up on coffee sounds like a nightmare, at least try limiting it to one cup. It’s just nine months, after all.
So all in all, is coffee good or bad for us?
It depends is probably the safest answer. If you know yourself to have cholesterol issues, anxiety issues and heart problems, coffee is most likely not your cup of tea. However, otherwise it has quite a few significant benefits. This does not mean that if you are not already an addict you should run now to buy your first cup of coffee and give it a go. It merely means that you are on the safe side mostly.
So let’s just get ourselves another cup and continue our day!