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A Research on the Ben­e­fits of Cof­fee and How It Works in the Body

Being the sec­ond most con­sumed drink in the world (los­ing only to water) and the prod­uct most con­sumed by Brazil­ians, sur­pris­ing­ly above rice and beans, cof­fee has great impor­tance in eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al aspects.

But although many peo­ple still do not know, cof­fee also offers numer­ous health ben­e­fits. Caf­feine is just one of hun­dreds of sub­stances in the grain, which has a wide vari­ety of macro and micronu­tri­ents that con­tribute to your diet and well-being.

Accord­ing to a BBC sto­ry , con­sum­ing a mod­er­ate amount of drink dai­ly (three to four cups) can great­ly ben­e­fit the con­sumer. A good exam­ple of this is the find­ing that the risk of con­tract­ing heart dis­ease or stroke is 19% and 30% low­er in reg­u­lar cof­fee users, respec­tive­ly, than those who do not con­sume the drink.But this is just an exam­ple! If you need more rea­sons to con­tin­ue tak­ing your beloved cof­fee every day, check out Cof­feel­i­fious

Life Expectan­cy

Accord­ing to a study by the US Nation­al Can­cer Insti­tute, mod­er­ate con­sump­tion of our favorite drink may increase life expectan­cy by 10% for men and 13% for women. Accord­ing to researcher Adri­ana Farah, this occurs because cof­fee is the largest source of antiox­i­dants present in a dai­ly diet.

Ana­lyz­ing data from a study in the New Eng­land Med­i­cine Jour­nal, this per­cent­age is clear­er: drinkers had low­er mor­tal­i­ty from heart dis­ease, res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­eases, stroke, exter­nal caus­es, dia­betes and infec­tious dis­eases.

Heart Prob­lems

The rela­tion­ship between cof­fee and the heart has always gen­er­at­ed some dis­crep­an­cy in data, but Eliz­a­beth Mostof­sky of the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health decid­ed to con­duct a review of results: more than 140,000 indi­vid­u­als were eval­u­at­ed, and among these, 6,522 suf­fer from heart fail­ure — when the heart can not pump enough blood into the body

Accord­ing to the researcher, four dos­es of cof­fee per day decreased by up to 11% the risk of hav­ing this prob­lem. Bioac­tive com­pounds, espe­cial­ly antiox­i­dants, are the like­ly cul­prits, also remov­ing the risk of type 2 dia­betes.

Neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive Dis­eases

Cof­fee con­sump­tion is effec­tive in pre­vent­ing dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkin­son’s, and caf­feine is large­ly respon­si­ble for it.

In the case of Alzheimer’s, a neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease that results in a pro­gres­sive decrease in cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties by increas­ing brain lev­els of β‑amyloid pro­tein, a sub­stance still unknown in cof­fee increas­es the lev­els of a blood fac­tor called GCSF, which slows the pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease. In addi­tion, caf­feine is the like­ly sub­stance respon­si­ble for reduc­ing pro­duc­tion of the pro­tein respon­si­ble for the dis­ease.

Talk­ing about Parkin­son’s, a dis­ease caused by the severe degen­er­a­tion of dopamin­er­gic neu­rons of the brain’s nigra sub­stance, gen­er­at­ing the inabil­i­ty of vol­un­tary move­ment con­trol, one would have to assume that caf­feine, known as “accel­er­at­ing”, would wors­en the char­ac­ter­is­tic tremors, right? Wrong! At the appro­pri­ate dose, caf­feine seems to con­tribute to the func­tion­ing of dopamine — and it is the lack of this neu­ro­trans­mit­ter that opens the door to Parkin­son’s.

A study of 61 patients by the McGill Uni­ver­si­ty Research Insti­tute in Cana­da pro­vid­ed a few dai­ly dos­es of caf­feine, with results com­mon to treat­ments with drugs used in the ear­ly stages of the dis­ease. In addi­tion, the risk of devel­op­ing Parkin­son’s dis­ease is five times low­er for cof­fee con­sumers  than for non-con­sumers.

Can­cer Pre­ven­tion

If tak­en in the right mea­sure, cof­fee can be a great option to com­bat and pre­vent dis­eases, such as low­er­ing the risk of can­cer. Accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) cof­fee is effec­tive in pre­ven­tion because it is rich in antiox­i­dants and min­er­als that pre­vent the degra­da­tion and alter­ation of the cells that can result in can­cer.

Just three cups of cof­fee per day is enough to pre­vent the risk of can­cer, and cou­pled with a rich and healthy diet, can be a much bet­ter way to pre­vent cell muta­tion. Remem­ber­ing that it is an action that does not pre­vent, but that can increase the body’s defens­es.

Thus, cof­fee con­tributes to the pre­ven­tion of var­i­ous types of can­cer, such as breast, skin, prostate and colon can­cer. It hap­pens as fol­lows: While our body works, it pro­duces free rad­i­cals that can attack the good cells that cause can­cer, as an ide­al dose of cof­fee, there is the stim­u­la­tion of enzymes that destroy these rad­i­cals.

Depres­sion

Researchers at the Fed­er­al Uni­ver­si­ty of San­ta Cata­ri­na (UFSC) and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Coim­bra in Por­tu­gal, as well as oth­er coun­tries (Ger­many and the Unit­ed States) at the 9th World Neu­ro­science Con­gress of the Inter­na­tion­al Brain Research Orga­ni­za­tion (Ibro) as mood and mem­o­ry.

The stud­ies were based on the obser­va­tion of mice and how they react with stress­ful sit­u­a­tions and soon showed symp­toms of depres­sion. Only one of them received dos­es of cof­fee, which was noticed that the mouse that gained the dos­es of cof­fee was less impact­ed by the effects of depres­sion.

It takes only two to three cups of an espres­so to inter­fere with mood in a pos­i­tive way, act­ing on the hor­mones asso­ci­at­ed with well being and good mood. Oh, and we must not for­get that, in addi­tion, cof­fee is close­ly linked to social habits of con­vivi­al­i­ty which, in them­selves, increase per­son­al well-being.

Weight Loss

Com­bined with a reg­u­lar work­out, cof­fee can help you lose weight and even increase phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. The researcher Luciane Arias Sal­dan­ha used, in her PhD the­sis of the Fac­ul­ty of Pub­lic Health (USP), some groups of rats which, some were applied to exer­cise caf­feine and oth­ers did not. The ones that pre­sent­ed more vari­a­tion of lipol­y­sis increase, mak­ing the body mass decrease in com­par­i­son to the ini­tial mass, was the group that prac­ticed exer­cis­es.

This con­cludes that the effects of caf­feine stim­u­late weight loss, which, when con­sumed before exer­cise, pro­vides more ener­gy and endurance, mak­ing it even more enjoy­able to prac­tice and thus improv­ing per­for­mance in train­ing. Cof­fee, which is the main source of caf­feine that is also rich in min­er­als, can be a delight and thanks to it, the body gets fat from the fat tis­sue avail­able to be burned with phys­i­cal exer­cise allied to a healthy eat­ing.

Dia­betes

Accord­ing to a report by the Swiss Insti­tute for Sci­en­tif­ic Infor­ma­tion on Cof­fee, tak­ing two to four cups of cof­fee reduces the risk of devel­op­ing type 2 dia­betes. The larg­er the amount con­sumed, the small­er the per­cent­age, always remem­ber­ing that noth­ing in excess does well.

Anoth­er study, con­duct­ed by the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, indi­cat­ed that peo­ple who drink cof­fee have a 23% chance of not devel­op­ing dia­betes. Sev­er­al doc­tors

report drink­ing dai­ly, not only for the pre­ven­tion of dia­betes but also for oth­er ben­e­fits, such as the ones we are quot­ing in this post.

In addi­tion to the var­i­ous min­er­als, vit­a­mins and antiox­i­dants, cof­fee speeds up the body’s metab­o­lisms, so chem­i­cal reac­tions hap­pen faster and this can reduce glycemia — which is the con­cen­tra­tion of glu­cose in our blood.

Does Good To The Liv­er

Cof­fee for the liv­er acts as an anti-fibros­ing agent, pro­tect­ing against cir­rho­sis and can­cer. In addi­tion, liv­er func­tion is pre­served because it reduces the process of liv­er fibro­ge­n­e­sis — which is an exag­ger­at­ed tis­sue repair with col­la­gen fibers. Dai­ly cups of cof­fee also work­ing as a form of shield for pos­si­ble liv­er dis­ease.

Accord­ing to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Southamp­ton, it is proven that who drinks more cups of cof­fee dur­ing the day, runs less risk of acquir­ing cir­rho­sis, reduc­ing by up to 22%. Being that, the more cups are ingest­ed, the low­er the risk of not devel­op­ing the dis­ease, with four cups result­ing in up to 65% less chance.

Con­clu­sion

The Spe­cial Cof­fee is even more ben­e­fi­cial to health! Fea­tur­ing lighter roast­ed beans and bet­ter processed and flaw­less grains, spe­cial cof­fee con­serves more nutri­ents. And to make things even bet­ter, we have the option of bul­let­proof cof­fee , which is made up of spe­cial cof­fees with healthy oils. Imag­ine a cafe with more health points? Oh, that’s good!

With all these fac­tors, we need to have no doubt that cof­fee is a source of ener­gy, vit­a­mins, antiox­i­dants and min­er­als. Besides increas­ing the mood, be tasty and healthy. Oh, do not for­get that noth­ing in excess does well, so drink in the right amount!

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