Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages as it is consumed in large quantities globally. Scientific research and theories have painted conflicting pictures on whether coffee is good or bad. However, there are undeniable benefits of the beverage:
Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. When coffee is consumed, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and in turn, travels to the brain where it blocks inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, leading to the enhanced firing of neurons. Some studies say coffee consumption increases athletic performance and endurance.
Diabetes poses a huge threat as it affects over 400 million of the global population. According to several studies, coffee consumption helps to lower the risks of type II diabetes. Studies observe that people who drink the most coffee have 23 to 50 percent lower risk of getting this disease.
Makes one smarter
In the spirit of Albert Einstein, coffee has been attached to making consumers smarter. This theory is attached to the caffeine stimulant contained in coffee and which when consumed, increases the brain’s metabolism.
May lower depression risks
Depression is one of the highest causes of modern suicides and hard drug abuse. In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of becoming depressed. It is important to note that caffeine content can vary depending on the type of coffee, but an average eight-ounce cup has 95 milligrams.