If you think you can’t survive without caffeine to get you through the day, you’re not alone.
It’s all over the place – chocolates, soda, coffee, energy drinks. Caffeine is the most extensively used substance on the planet.
Caffeine is a central nervous stimulant.
Some say caffeine is good. Some say caffeine is bad.
Are there health benefits from caffeine or is most of the world just poisoning themselves?
First, let’s go to the good side of caffeine. What’s caffeine good for?
Caffeine improves athletic performance. There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements. Caffeine is known as an energy-booster. After consumption of caffeine, the concentration of serotonin increases in the brainstem regions. Caffeine, partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.
Caffeine is rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants in coffee have been shown to potentially fight obesity and aid in losing weight. Even so, coffee’s mind-stimulating effects may contribute to preventing chronic diseases like cancer and stroke.
Caffeine enhances mental/cognitive function. The cerebral blood flow is comparative to the amount of caffeine consumed. This results in improvements with alertness, concentration, decision-making, problem solving, and neuromuscular coordination. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function. Coffee doesn’t just keep you awake; it literally keeps your mind working as well.
Caffeine may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to a popular and known study, a caffeine habit in the 40s and 50s seems to reduce by up to 70 percent the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in your 70s. Other studies have found that regular caffeine consumption may help slow the rate of cognitive decline in older adults.
Seeing the benefits of it, we can conclude that caffeine consumed via natural sources isn’t always the villain that people think.
While this list might seem like a green light for caffeine consumption, it does come with a few caveats. What are these warnings?
Of course, anything that’s too much isn’t good.
The negative effects of too much caffeine will be discussed and compared on the next article – so, hold on for another write-up, soon!