Who loves coffee? Can’t you just smell it in your memory senses before you are out of bed? That rich dark color, the robust smell of roasted beans being freshly ground, and the intoxicating steam that warms your face and shoots wake up alarms directly to your brain. What is not to love? But is it good for you?
Like so many things in which we seek a simple answer of yes or no: there isn’t one. For some people the health benefits could be a matter of life or deterioration. For others it can wreak havoc on numerous health issues, or improve them. Perhaps a little clarity could help you define these pros and cons for yourself, so that you can make wiser choices for the requirements of your body.
It is no secret that coffee and its powerful caffeine composition, works directly on our nervous system. Our nervous system in turn sends out its team of workers to affect our body in both positive as well as negative ways.
An over active nervous system will affect a good nights sleep. It can also contribute to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and adrenal fatigue. And so, an abundance of caffeine in our system is not beneficial in regard to these health concerns.
But, in regard to neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, which is in fact a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, coffee has proven to provide wonderful positive results on the nervous system of about 80% of those with Parkinson’s or are predisposed to Parkinson’s.
The caffeine beneficial list goes on:
- Caffeine boosts concentration, and can provide the mental clarity needed before engaging in any activity which demands your complete ability to remain focused
- Depression, so long as it is not a severe debilitating disease, can be greatly improved by the uplifting serge derived from caffeine
- Pain relieving benefits of caffeine are present in most over the counter pain relievers in dosages as high as 120 milligrams of caffeine in one pill
- Athletic endurance from the adrenal rush quickly provided as a direct affect caffeine has on our adrenal gland
Though these caffeine benefits have all been scientifically proven, the down side of each can simply be a matter of amount. Too much of any good thing flips itself over into creating negative apposing effects.
There is also another wonderfully beneficial quality in the beautiful bean of the coffee tree, and that is its potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants counteract the damaging effects of oxidation in our tissues and cellular structure.
The coffee bean has three particularly beneficial antioxidant compounds:
- Chlorogenic acid has the function to promote the flow of bile which can have a significant affect on healthy liver function
- Tocopherols, a chemical compound rich in vitamin E
- Quinines antioxidant compound that can increase insulin sensitivity which improves the bodies response to insulin
While visiting various countries in which both coffee and wine are offered to children in diluted servings, it is widely known that the watered down wine seems to be directly related to less alcoholism in teenagers since the fermented grape has not become their forbidden fruit, and the café com leite, coffee with milk served at breakfast, offers mental clarity in children as they go off to school.
What ever the reasons you choose to indulge in your cup of java throughout the day, remember that its health benefits will only work within your own specific DNA, and so the best guide will be to listen to your body.