Coffee + Health | Not Just Your Daily Pick-Me-Up
It’s that time of year again when many put more focus on their health. This focus often brings many of us try new things, stop bad habits, create new habits and educate ourselves more on a healthier lifestyle.
Some try to cut down on their coffee intake when they begin their new health-kick, but that is a TERRIBLE idea if you ask us. There are some serious health benefits to drinking coffee (in moderation of course), let us explain. Research has shown that coffee contains many antioxidant compounds, these compounds can be a mouthful, such as:
- chlorogenic acids: helps regulate the floor of bile from your liver and prevents any side effects of bile buildup
- gamma-tocopherol: a potent form of vitamin E that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- scopoletin: a natural substance found in plants that has been found to have a blood pressure lowering effect
- p-coumaric acid: an antioxidant that activates microbial functions benefiting digestion
Coffee also contains C8H10N402 (aka caffeine!) which makes coffee a natural stimulant. As a stimulant, coffee can help improve brain functions such as memory, mood, energy levels, reaction times and other general cognitive functions. Basically, saying coffee brings you to life and why so many use it as their daily go-to pick-me-up; taking them straight from a Hyde to a Jekyll (unless you are into the Hyde sort of life, no judgement here).
What other wonderful benefits can this miracle elixir provide? Why comfort against pain and some diseases of course! Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee can help ease pain associated with headaches. If you didn’t know already, headaches often occur when there is a release of adenosine in the body. Adenosine causes inflammation (a fancy word for swelling) in blood vessels causing pain. A dose of caffeine can block the release of adenosine and helps constrict blood vessels due to its anti-inflammatory properties. We recommend that you get your dose of caffeine from fair trade, organic coffee, which is chemical free and benefits the livelihood of its farmers. Studies done at Harvard Medical School have shown that coffee can also aid in reducing risks for diseases and much more:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Heart Attack
- Liver Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
Next time you sip a cup of your daily pick-me-up, appreciate it a little bit more for all the wonderful things it’s doing for you!
Publications, H. H. (2012, January). What is it about coffee? Retrieved January 06, 2017, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/what-is-it-about-coffee
A micronutrient abundant in fruits (p-coumaric acid) may improve the functional efficacy of probiotics. (2012, November 27). Retrieved January 06, 2017, from http://www.ictan.csic.es/en/1197/a-micronutrient-abundant-in-fruits-p-coumaric-acid-may-improve-the-functional-efficacy-of-probiotics/