Benefits of A Good Cup of Coffee!

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I personally do not drink coffee because it makes me hyperactive and jittery. I can honestly say that after drinking one cup of coffee while working on the night shift in the intensive care unit; I gave 26 bed baths and changed all the beds for the patients in the unit that night.

Many American’s swear that they can’t start their day with having a cup of coffee. It is said that coffee is a universal drink and enjoyed by many around the world.

Coffee is taunted as an antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory, thats protects the brain and liver, counteracts depression and improves attention.

It has over 1000 actives compounds and decaffeined coffee has similar properties to normal coffee. Avoid drinking coffee in the evening hours to prevent insomnia and should be taken in moderation.

Coffee has a positive affect on the brain and its neurotransmitters, because of the caffeine, which is also found in teas, low-calorie soft drinks and chocolate. The benefits of caffeine include the following:

  1. Increases energy and makes you feel tired, because of the caffeine.
  2. Caffeine is one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.
  3. Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.
  4. Coffee contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
  5. Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
  6. Coffee drinkers have a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
  7. Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease,
  8. Coffee may protect against cirrhosis — people who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk.
  9. In a study , women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed and 53% less likely to die by suicide.
  10. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of liver and colorectal cancer.
  11. Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease and have a slightly lower risk of stroke.
  12. Coffee drinkers live longer and have a lower risk of premature death because of they are less likely to get many diseases.
  13. In fact, it said that coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.

On another note too much caffeine can cause irregular heart beats, difficulty with diabetes, stomach upsets, anxiety, and migraines. Men with enlarged prostates can have urethral spasms due to increased amounts of caffeine. Remember caffeine can be addictive, but it does appear the benefits may out way the negative effects.

But with that said, have a cup of coffee and enjoy!

References

Dulloo, A. G., Geissler, C. A., Horton, T., Collins, A., & Miller, D. S. (1989). Normal caffeine consumption: influence on thermogenesis and daily energy expenditure in lean and postobese human volunteers. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 49(1), 44–50. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/49.1.44

Gunnars, K. (2018). 13 Health Benefits of Caffeine. Healthline, Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee#section1

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, RN

An experienced registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in all many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information.

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