The Health Benefits and Disadvantages of Coffee Drinking

a cup of coffeeCoffee, whether you like it hot, iced, or blended, is a heavenly drink humans don’t really deserve. The bittersweet fragrance of coffee can signal the onset of a new day or a daytime break. At some point, it even tells you that you’ve done a great job. A lot of people can’t escape the satisfying taste of coffee and we can’t blame them. Aside from its taste and aroma, coffee also has numerous health benefits. So if you’re a non-drinker of coffee, I’m pretty sure you’ll be one careful drinker after reading this.

  1. Burn those unwanted fats with coffee! Because of the awesome caffeine in this brewed drink, you can say bye-bye to body fat. In case you don’t know, caffeine is the partner in crime of your fat cells that transforms your body fat into a power source to keep you going throughout the day.

  1. Work out better with coffee. Did you know that drinking one cup of black coffee one hour before exercising can improve your performance by up to 12%? And that’s because your blood’s adrenaline levels have been increased by caffeine. You might not be able to lift your sedan car but coffee will surely prep your body for workout. It does so by setting those fatty acids free from your fat tissues like I mentioned earlier.

  1. Now you can be smarter than a fifth grader! Aside from keeping you energized, coffee can also help you become more intelligent! Your friends might even start seeing light bulbs on top of your head. When you drink caffeine, it somehow poses like the neurotransmitter Adenosine. It somehow tricks your brain that it is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Once successful, your dopamine and norepinephrine levels will increase—this will lead to the improved launching of neurons. That will result to improved mood, higher energy levels, faster reaction time, better memory, and alertness. Basically, your brain becomes smarter.

  1. No more moping with coffee! Drinking coffee can help everything around you seem perfect. Because caffeine is a central nervous system’s stimulator, it can enhance the levels of dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are known as happy chemicals. When their levels are high it only means one thing—you’ll be in a good mood.

Fun fact: Coffee can even help you strive against depression. It also decreases your chances of committing suicide by 50%.

  1. It beats Captain America’s shield! Another health benefit you can get from coffee is the protection. Thanks to its antioxidants, your body can eliminate naughty, free radicals.

  1. Say good bye to several pounds! If you’re a possible contestant of the Biggest Loser, you’ll love this benefit. Drinking coffee is like drinking potassium and magnesium in a safe way. These two aid your body in using insulin—the chemical that regulates your blood sugar level and reduces your appetite for sweet foods.

  1. Lower your risk of having cancers and stroke with cups of coffee! Drinking two to four cups of coffee a day can decrease your chances of having to deal with stroke. Plus, it also lowers the risk of women developing endometrial cancer by 25% and men having prostate cancer by 20%. Thanks to coffee, you’ll have low chances of getting skin cancer too.

  1. Brain Protector—That’s what coffee is! Drinking coffee can lower your risk of having dementia and Alzheimer disease. So make your blood love caffeine!

  1. Lower your chance of dying from having Die-abetes! Coffee can reduce your risk of having type II diabetes by dropping the sensitivity of your insulin and impairing glucose tolerance.

Unfortunately, no matter how perfect I present coffee to you, there are still some disadvantages attached to its name. Here they are:

  1. Drinking too much can cause sleeplessness or insomnia. If you drink more than 4 cups or 400 mg. a day, you won’t be able to sleep and you’ll feel restless. You also have to make sure you’re not sensitive to caffeine. Otherwise, you might drink more than what’s recommended for you. Talk to your doctor about this.

  1. Low quality coffee can make you sick. If the coffee you’re drinking has a bad quality, that means it’s impure. If that’s the case, your coffee can be the reason why your head’s turning and stars have begun circling around your head. One thing’s for sure: Ruined or overripe beans can cause you to feel sick. To counterattack this disadvantage, ensure that your coffee is high-quality. Don’t take the risk; even a single ruined bean can make the entire cup poisonous.

  1. It can increase your LDL cholesterol levels. Coffee beans have kahweol and cafestol. These two are known to elevate LDL cholesterol levels. To counterattack this drawback, make sure you drink filtered coffee if you have high cholesterol. The two abovementioned ingredients can be found in Turkish coffee, espresso, French press, and Scandinavian style coffee. If your cholesterol level is normal, however, these two found in espresso can be beneficial for your liver.

  1. Coffee can affect the fetus. If you’re bearing a child, drink only one cup a day (100 mg) if you really can’t stop drinking coffee. Drinking more than that can affect the development of your baby. It can also make your baby caffeine-sensitive.

  1. Coffee can be your killer. I know this is harsh, but this is impossible to happen unless your addiction to coffee has gone way too far that even the Guardians of the Galaxy can’t save you. Drinking 23 liters or 80 to 100 cups in one day can kill you. That measurement consists of about 10 to 13 grams of caffeine. I say it’s impossible because you might not even read 23 liters because you’ll have to undergo vomiting sessions when you do this. As a matter of fact, even drinking 23 liters of water can kill you, so it’s not just the coffee.