Hello coffee enthusiasts,
Today is a great opportunity to take a break from my typical blog posts that pertain to BCB specifically, and instead discuss something a little more general. Obviously coffee is a huge part of our day-to-day lives, but I feel that most people don’t actually know the effects of coffee on their systems from a scientific stance. For something that is such a big part of a lot of people’s daily routines, it is important for everyone to be educated on exactly what coffee brings to our bodies, positively and negatively. Now I’m obviously not a doctor, but I have done a lot of research on this subject strictly out of personal curiosity, so I feel confident in my ability to relay some of this information to you guys. Just as a general statement before we begin, I’m sure everyone is aware of caffeine being the main contributor to the effects of coffee on the body. Hopefully I can share some more information on this key contributor, as well as some of the other contributors found in coffee. Now obviously there are a lot of different types of coffee and coffee based drinks that may have very different effects, but today I’m just going to focus on a generic cup of black coffee.
To get things started, I’d like to talk about the negative effects of coffee on the body. Since I’m not discussing the cream and sugar aspect often associated with drinking coffee, there’s no need to focus on weight gain and all of the negative effects that can come from that. Instead, the main negative would be caffeine addiction. Like any addiction, you can suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you spend a few days without caffeine. These withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, and irritability, which is why coffee drinkers commonly joke about not wanting any social interaction until they have their morning cup. Caffeine can also lead to sleeplessness and anxiety if consumed abundantly or late at night. These side-effects of caffeine are the only real negative attributes to drinking coffee, and coming from someone who enjoys coffee everyday, I think most of us are willing to accept these consequences.
As for the positive effects of coffee, I think some of them may surprise you. Sticking with the caffeine discussion, there are a lot of positives to consuming caffeine. As a stimulant, caffeine can obviously improve focus, mental functionality, and brain activity in general. It can also boost physical performance and burn fat, which helps with weight loss. Coffee has shown signs of helping lower the risk of having a stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson’s Disease, and Type 2 Diabetes. It also boosts serotonin and dopamine levels, contributing to an elevated mood, which aids in suppressing depression. Coffee also contains Vitamins B2, B5, B1, B3, Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus, which all contribute to a healthy lifestyle. These vitamins and minerals are not commonly known to be included in the list of effects of coffee, which truly make it a good choice compared to other drink options.
It is clear that the benefits of drinking coffee greatly outweigh the harmful effects. An awesome source for a culmination of a lot of this information is found at: https://www.focusforhealth.org/is-coffee-healthy-or-is-it-killing-you/?gclid=CjwKCAiAhfzSBRBTEiwAN-ysWPBAwR-Sx1IO8YtZexRwDeLeoiBgtuSulh2y-EMnXyTCXnqZm8c8bhoCbE0QAvD_BwE, if anyone is interested in doing a little research of their own. Hopefully in reading this you will feel confident in your decision the next time you choose to enjoy your morning cup of coffee.
Until next time,