The best thing about coffee is that it somehow has the power to turn your crappy day into a better one. For years, it’s proved that coffee releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine which produces happy feelings in people. But new facts have been proved which not only links coffee with euphoria but also good health and longevity of life. Science has proved coffee to be one of the healthiest beverages on planet earth. And people are rejoicing!
A study was conducted on over 520000 people residing in ten European countries. This study can also be regarded as largest scientific to be ever conducted related to coffee and human health. Another study was more diverse and conducted on the non-whites population such as African American, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans and so on. More than 185000 subjects were chosen for this research. The results were loud and clear. According to the study, people drinking over three cups of coffee everyday had 18% lower risk of death when compared to people not having coffee. The result of the study conducted on non-white population was consistent with that conducted on the European population. The fact that these studies were conducted in different countries and diverse population which had different diet and lifestyle still provided similar results, proved that coffee is indeed a life saver. It is also important to note that drinking excess cups of coffee (6 or 7) doesn’t produce any additional benefit to the human body.
The study was conducted on smokers as well since everyone knows that smoking reduces the lifespan of people. But coffee was seen to be helpful for the smokers as well and smoking couldn’t blunt the positive effects of coffee. However, experts have warned about this result and said the result doesn’t imply one could smoke as much as they want and reverse its ill effects on their bodies by the drinking coffee. Smoking cigarettes harms one’s body many fold and the benefit of drinking coffee is much less than that and hence people should be careful how they are interpreting the results of this study. Smoking is very injurious to health and drinking more cup of coffees would only positively affect your health by, let’s say 10%
Drinking coffee was also related to having lower risk of many cancers including liver, endometrial, prostrate and skin cancer. Also, coffee can reduce the risk of getting gout, type 2 diabetes ad gallstones. Another study proves that drinking only one day of coffee everyday could reduce the risk of getting cirrhosis by 22% whereas drinking 2 cups of coffee everyday reduced this risk to 43% and drinking 3 and 4 cups of coffee everyday reduced this risk to 57% and 65% respectively. Since we are now talking about health benefits of drinking coffee, let’s also talk about its effects on Alzheimer’s disease. People drinking regular coffee are 16% less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s, cognitive reduction and dementia. Also, a large study was conducted on 5000 women that proved that drinking at least one cup of coffee everyday reduced the risk of depression by 15% whereas drinking 2 to 3 cups everyday reduced this risk by 20%. Studies have also found coffee to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects that can reduce the risk for Parkinson’s disease. Also, these benefits of having coffee can’t be attributed to caffeine as people having decaffeinated coffee also showed the same results as people having caffeinated coffee.
The experts have this suggested that moderate coffee consumption can be included in a lifestyle to improve one’s health. Though the results are not large in numbers, yet they are still significant. However, there are few disadvantages of consuming coffee as well. If consumed in large quantity, it can cause vomiting, dizziness, headaches and nausea. Doctors warn pregnant women against consuming coffee during their pregnancy and women with fractures should also avoid it. It’s hence safe to say that drinking coffee is beneficial and can increase your life but like everything else in life, you should have it in moderation.
Even though coffee was immensely demonized in the past, it has emerged as a hero due to scientific studies being conducted on it. Not only that, but coffee also lifts our mood up and prepare us for the rest of the day. So, one shouldn’t guilt himself out of having that extra cup of coffee, coffee is healthy and good for the body.