A few weeks ago, we brought our readers here at Coffee.net a story on how drinking at least one cup of coffee per day could reduce the risk of stroke by 20 percent or more. This week, our attention has been caught by an article published by TheWeek.com that outlines as many as seven health benefits that are linked to daily or regular coffee consumption. However, the one caveat that was explained by The Week contributor Chris Gayomali is that adding cream and sugar to your favorite drink may decrease or even eliminate many of the associated boons that coffee brings.
Fighting Depression And Losing Weight
Those of us who drink coffee on a regular basis (or several times per day like I do) are well aware that a good cup of coffee can go a long way to lift one’s spirits; even when he/she is tired or overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities. It is not uncommon for office workers to put in their highest quality of effort immediately following a java kick; regardless of whether it is in the morning or during an afternoon work session that follows a hefty lunch.
The article published by The Week focused on a combined study by the National Institutes of Health and AARP that conclude that coffee drinkers who consume four or more cups per day are up to 10 percent less likely to suffer from depression than those who do not. That same study showed that the health benefits that alleviate depression do not pertain to other caffeinated drinks such as sugary Red Bulls or colas.
When it comes to weight loss, Gayomali writes that the “use of green coffee-bean extract exploded when Dr. Oz claimed on his show that it ‘burns fat fast’ with no additional diet or exercise. Green coffee beans are seeds that haven’t yet been roasted, thus preserving a compound called chlorogenic acid that disappears when heated. Although limited research has been done on the extract, and no serious side effects were reported in clinical studies, WebMD cautions that the actual weight-loss research so far is ‘preliminary and poor quality.’ While caffeine products generally do help with appetite suppression, the Mayo Clinic suggests that the results of water loss from caffeine consumption or calorie-burning via thermogenesis — when your body generates heat and energy from digesting food — aren’t permanent. When it comes to weight loss, caffeine should be viewed as a supplement, and not a magical cure-all.”
Lowered Risk Of Diabetes And Parkinson’s Disease
The report published by The Week also quoted studies that show heavy coffee drinkers benefiting from a reduced risk of serious diseases such as Type II Diabetes, Parkinson’s and even Alzheimer’s disease. With the growing number of serious illnesses afflicting Americans and individuals across the globe, this is great news for those of us who are regular coffee drinkers.
What’s more is the opinion that drinking coffee could even make your smarter! Because caffeine can block neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for bringing on sleep, the performance of anyone who is tired will often be improved significantly upon consuming caffeine. Military research psychologist Harris Lieberman told CNN years back that “when you’re sleep-deprived and you take caffeine, pretty much anything you measure will improve. Reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence. And most Americans are sleep-deprived most of the time.”
Of course, there are still a large percentage of doubters who do not believe in the many studies showing that coffee does indeed help in a number of ways, plus there is still further research that could be done in order to lay out the health benefits in a more concrete manner for those of us who drink coffee daily.