‘Joe’? ‘Java’? ‘Brew’? ‘Cuppa’? ‘Brain Juice’? ‘Liquid Energy’? ‘Caffeine Infusion’? ‘Morning Jolt’? ‘Cupped Lightening’?!!!
Known by many charming names; this sensational, therapeutic, energizing and health supportive phenomenon has been a part of day-to-day domestic, working and social lifestyles.
Peek into the Yester
On a plateau in Ethiopia, the goat herder Kaldi discovered that after eating berries from a tree, his goats became highly active and would not sleep at night. Since, then it became ‘Gahwah’ (aka ‘wine of the Arabs’), ‘kahveh’ (Turkish) and eventually, as the Dutch would call it ‘Coffie’ or Coffee.
Blessing or Bane?
Upon the advent of coffee in Europe, there was such skepticism round ‘the dark beverage from the east’, that this debate made its way to the Pope, who upon tasting it gave in to the satisfaction and the drink then replaced the ‘wine’ & ‘beer’ from European breakfast. But how does it actually affect the human health and wellbeing?
From the Health Experts
Years after promoting fear of hypertension, sleep impairment and even cancer from coffee consumption, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally eliminated coffee from the list of possible carcinogens and it has further been claimed, that not only is coffee ‘not harmful’, it has actually multiple health benefits.
Being on the list of most studied and assessed dietary components, extensive research on the possible health benefits of including coffee into everyday lifestyle has revealed, that regular intake of coffee can help prevent various ailments and helps maintain an energetic routine.
Deterrence from Disease
Sipping Joe can actually help avoid grave maladies such as Cardiovascular diseases, Type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Cirrhosis. Moreover, coffee consumption has also been credited for curbing the tendency of colon, uterine and liver cancer development in the human body.
Better Life Expectancy
Credible studies monitoring the health patterns of consumers and non-consumers have revealed, that the risk of death due to natural causes was noticeably reduced in regular users, therefore, a better life expectancy.
The fruit and seeds of the coffee plant are packed with antioxidants and in populations where fruits and vegetables are not suitably included in the general dietary routines, coffee has been found to be the main source of antioxidants.
Protection against Chronic Obesity
Coffee may help mediate inflammatory issues and even obesity, as it contains Chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol helpful in protection against chronic diseases.
Carbs and Caffiene
When carbohydrates and caffeine are both consumed, in combination with a good physical fitness regime, muscle carbohydrate stores are replenished more rapidly. This assists increase in muscle glycogen, which in turn supports improvement in physical performance and helps in attaining greater exercise benefits.
Moderate use of caffeine helps blood circulation, increase in muscle strength, assists enhancement in endurance and also reduces workout related aches, enabling the body to push harder during exercise sessions.
Wisdom from the Ancient
‘Mocha’ has been traditionally used since olden times for its benefits. It was savoured as an energetic and health promoting beverage, served in ceremonies as a drink infused with herbs and spices to incite positive feelings.
External use of coffee in combination with essential oils and salts has dermatological merits. Acting as an exfoliator it can be used for scrubbing and it helps retaining of a bright, smooth and glowing skin, by virtue of it antioxidant content. It can also be used for scalp washing, as it removes dead cells.
Coffee and Happiness
Researchers analyzing the emotional behaviours with respect to drinking coffee have found that it promotes positive emotions, such as pleasure, affection, satisfaction, calm and happiness. No negative emotions have been linked to coffee consumption and it has been observed that risk of depression is noticeably lower for coffee consuming females.
The aromatic virtues of coffee have always been admired and desired, due to therapeutic properties. A whiff of coffee can help refresh the mood and if taken in the morning, can help set a lively pace for the day.
Only in people with genetic intolerance for coffee or extremely slow metabolisms, there is a chance of anomalies in blood pressure regulation and heartburn. High intake of coffee should be avoided by woman during pregnancies, as it may cause complications. However, moderate coffee consumption in general has no negative effects.
Coffee and Hydration
The myth that coffee causes dehydration has never been proven, however, studies suggest that after few days of regular coffee consumption, the body automatically adjusts to the dynamics, accordingly.
What to Avoid
Like any other substance, excessive consumption is not advisable. Abuse may cause sleep deprivation, frequent urination and anxiety. Furthermore, coffee or any other drink must not be consumed at a very high temperature, as it may cause esophageal diseases.
The Right Quantity
Numerous reliable sources, such as the US Department of Health and Human Services, have suggested three to five cups of coffee a day as a safe regular limit, which can be inculcated into a healthy dietary pattern.
Why Coffee?…….For as they say, no one can make you feel strong, full of energy and ready to take on the world, but coffee can. And that too, in a healthy and sustainable way.