That’s the number of coffee cups consumed per day worldwide!
Coffee is so popular that it has found it’s proud to mention on mugs, shirts and wait! sometimes, it also takes the credit for website, app and software development – IYKWIM!
But before having your cup of joe, have you ever paused and gone into your ratiocination mode to think what coffee is causing to your mental and physical health?
Some simply declare, “Coffee is bad for health”, while others explain its origin from heaven! Pretty heavy stuff!
Let’s invoke our geniuses who, you know, carry the responsibility of critical thinking and put everything on the table. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of coffee and duly decide whether we should continue loving it or not. By the way, do comment if you are reading this while having coffee!
Reasons Why We Should Love It
- Reduces risk of Diabetes by 30%.
As per studies, persons who had up to 5 cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of Diabetes. If you were already in favour of coffee, this might have reinforced your belief.
- Improves Cardiovascular system.
As per a few studies, Coffee may lower the risk of coronary disease. Studies showed that moderate intake of Coffee was associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease as far out as 10 years. The data suggested that an average of 2 cups a day protects against heart failure!
Now I am already feeling tempted to grab my cup of coffee.
- Reduces the risk of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease!
Studies found a direct correlation between higher intake of caffeine and lower incidence of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
- Coffee fights free radicals
Coffee beans are made up of 1000 phytochemicals some of which are antioxidants. They fight free radicals in the body and prevent disease.
- Coffee improves memory and cognition.
Researchers have found that those who had coffee performed better at tests that involved learning new things. Coffee improves cognitive function as we age.
Okay, someone bring me coffee, please?
- Reduces the risk of cancers
Moderate consumption of coffee has been found to be associated with a lower risk for numerous cancers. These benefits come from its antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties.
Studies have found that women who had 4 cups of coffee a day had 15% decreased risk for depression. Coffee fights depression.
- Brightens your mood
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood.
Having a cup of coffee in the morning isn’t a bad thing at all.
And by the way, I’m having my coffee now.
Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Love Coffee
- Can Cause Insomnia and Restlessness
Too much coffee – more than 4 cups a day – can cause insomnia and restlessness. It is better to watch your caffeine intake.
Again, it happens when your intake is too high. It dehydrates your body and shows up as rough patches on your face.
- Stomach Ulcers
Coffee can cause stomach ulcer. If you are coffee sensitive, you may notice stomach pain after having coffee. But this may happen only when you take more than 4 cups a day.
- Heart health
Coffee has been found to be associated with heart health. Increased caffeine can cause
- Impact on sleep
Coffee has surely helped students get through the late-night revisions and unsurprisingly
Coffee reduces the total sleep time and even the quality of sleep.
- Affects Liver Health
Caffeine affects liver health. It makes harder for liver detoxify substances. It hinders its ability to detoxify hormones, medications and environmental toxins on a daily basis.
Coffee is addictive and when you start taking it too much, it can cause all the above cons with your mental and physical health. Take coffee in controlled amounts.
- Increased blood pressure
Coffee causes increased levels of blood pressure. However, this happens only when caffeine is taken in an uncontrolled way like having 5-10 cups a day! You would want to avoid that.
So, everything is on the table now. We have seen that the majority of the issues that come with coffee only happen when it is taken in high amounts, but a controlled intake of coffee can have a number of health benefits as outlined above. So, if you are going to have 3 cups a day then go ahead and enjoy it alongside the work you are doing! Our love for the coffee prevails!