Love Coffee? Are You Drinking 3 or 4 Cups a Day? It might Just be Very Good For your Health!
By Kathie FitzPatrick
There are certain things we love . . and some things we even feel guilty about indulging in. If you love coffee, relax. Drinking one to four cups a day may protect you from developing a number of various diseases, according to current clinical studies.
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A recent study done by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that the more you drink, the more you benefit.
It turns out that coffee is high in protective antioxidants which affect impacts in a positive way the way your body absorbs blood sugar, discovered Kelly O’Connor, R.D. It was also found that caffeinated drinks don’t cause heart palpitations.
Coffee is actually filled with important nutrients and antioxidants.
Drinking coffee daily can also provide a good source of your daily nutrients. Drinking a few cups of coffee, freshly brewed, can help your dietary requirements of magnesium, pantothenic acid, potassium and riboflavin.
It was also commented in a recent medical study that drinking coffee can protect the breasts. Women in their 40’s who consume 3 to 4 cups daily on a regular basis were found to be 30% less likely to develop breast cancer than ones who don’t according to a University of Buffalo medical research project.
If you are drinking the caffeinated variety, your risk of malignant melanoma drops sharply 20%. Caffeinated coffee offers more protection than de-caff, according to the Yale University studies. The researchers think that it’s the caffeine that helps protect the skin. Other benefits of coffee with caffeine is that it seems to help reduce brain plaques that could otherwise cause symptoms of dementia. Once again, caffeinated coffee has more has more protection. Even two cups a day can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to recent medical studies.
Coffee actually helps keep you happy. Yes, you got that right!
Caffeinated coffee actually cuts your chances of depression by 20%. Drink more than 3 cups per day, and your risk of dementia drops 20% as well. This could help many people who suffer from mild to heavier depression. They may find that they need less or no meds if they increase their coffee intake. Check with your doctor on your progress concerning this.
Scientists have already determined for many years that coffee stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. We like dopamine as it produces the euphoria and pleasant feelings that people often associate with their first cup of coffee in the morning. A nice morning exercise before facing a day at work.
Many drugs that are known to produce euphoria, such as cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy, act upon dopamine in our brain. This reaction we have to coffee has always been an adequate explanation for why caffeine is the possibly the most widely consumed psychoactive legal substance in the world.
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Drinking coffee can boost your energy levels when you are feeling tired and worn out. A medical study found that the caffeine in coffee increases and improves brain function which includes our mood, memory, gives better reaction times and overall general cognitive function.
Add extra years to your life?
Individuals who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have a 15% less risk of dying from any cause. an NCI study reveals. It was discovered that coffee contains more than 1,000 healthful compounds. “It also helps keep you alert, which reduces your risk of falls and accidents,” says Jenifer Neilly, R.D.N.
Coffee can help you burn fat
Caffeine is an important ingredient in almost all fat burning supplements. New studies show that caffeine can aid metabolism and help assist in fat burning by as much as 29% on lean people and 10% in obese people. However, watch those sweet foamy drinks. Three a day can add up to 1,500 calories plus. Once again on the the plus side, coffee also enhances our physical strength.
Extra slimming tip:
A Supermodel whose name you would recognize, offers this coffee related tip for helping to keep off the extra pounds.
She uses a special creamer in her morning coffee. It’s called “So Delicious Dairy Free Hazelnut Coconut Milk Creamer,” available in most grocery stores. This creamer is free of belly bloating dairy, plus delivers medium chain fatty acids that increase metabolism by 56 per cent!
How Your Brain is affected by Caffeine
Your Brain on Coffee
How does the caffeine in coffee actually work? We know coffee seems to give a pleasant lift and even gives a slight dopamine rush. Dopamine makes is temporarily happy. The chemicals in coffee interact with our natural brain chemicals in a way we should be aware of. Why is coffee addictive? What happens when we suddenly try to stop drinking coffee? This video gives a very informative scientific explanation of what happens to our brain on coffee, both good and bad!
Coffee’s effectiveness as a relatively low cost brain fuel makes it highly valuable, to say the least. Coffee’s primary active ingredient, caffeine, is the planet’s most commonly used psychoactive drug. The coffee plant and our own human biochemistry seem to go hand in hand with a compatible harmony that brings a smile to our lips with each sip of the precious black liquid.
When caffeine enters the brain it suppresses a neurotransmitter called adenosine. This substance, adenosine influences our attention, alertness, and our actual sleep patterns. Adenosine builds up in your brain as the day goes on. When adenosine rises to a certain level, your body decides it’s time to sleep. You may find that you have trouble staying awake and paying close attention to detail. When we sleep, adenosine resets, level drops back to zero during the night, and you wake up in the morning alert and ready to start your day.
Caffeine actually competes with adenosine, and binds to certain receptors in the brain similar to how a key fits into a lock. If caffeine is in the lock, adenosine can’t bind, and it can’t make you sleepy. By blocking adenosine, caffeine keeps the cell running, and keeps us awake and alert.
So when caffeine blocks adenosine, stimulating brain chemicals like glutamate, then the chemical dopamine joins the party and flows freely creating pleasant effects. This gives us a surge of energy, improving mental performance, and actually slowing mental decline sometimes associated with age. Caffeine also increases the brain chemical serotonin, a major mood enhancer. The delightful lift makes you feel more positive, and it’s strong enough to actually significantly affect depression. It’s true. A morning cup of coffee can make you feel like a much happier person!
Actual medical studies also show that caffeine improves learning by up to 10%. Caffeine in coffee has even been known to relieve headaches and migraines by constricting blood vessels in the brain that are opening too wide. That makes drinking coffee one of the best friends to learning new things. No wonder it is the Universal favorite of both college students and office workers of all kinds. Caffeine definitely enhances the learning experience.
Some negative effects of coffee
Drinking coffee throughout the day may be too much for your body. Coffee can potentially leach calcium from your bones. Some milk in your coffee such as a latte can offset the loss of calcium from your system.
Drinking coffee throughout the day can cause another health issue. It can also prevent you from sleeping well at night. Know your limits. Be finished with your coffee before 3 pm to avoid risking it interfering with your sleep. It’s a bad cycle to get into to lose sleep over coffee then have to have it in the morning just to perk up again.
Although there are no doubt health benefits to drinking coffee, there are dangers too.
In fact, according to an article in WebMD, too much caffeine may also lead to health problems like high blood pressure, brittle bones, trouble sleeping, and just plain irritability and impatience with dealing with the everyday issues of life.
So be sure to weigh both the benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee for the best balance in your own life!