Most of us can’t imagine our days without a cup of coffee. However, for all the benefits it brings when it comes to waking us up and giving us a jolt of energy, coffee is highly controversial. Some experts consider it safe and beneficial for our health, while others think it’s harmful. However, the general opinion is that the drink is safe to consume.
Full of antioxidants, coffee can actually reduce the risk of several disorders. On the other hand, it also contains caffeine, the ‘secret’ ingredient which boosts our energy levels, yet can also disrupt our sleeping patterns.
Here’s what’s in a regular (8 oz.) cup of coffee:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
Besides these vitamins and minerals, coffee also contains antioxidants and other important nutrients. Now a bit for the controversial caffeine. Although it’s true that it can wake us up and boost our energy levels, caffeine is also a powerful stimulant that blocks the activity of a brain hormone known as Adenosine. Furthermore, the energy boost caffeine provides is only short-lived – as soon as its effects top, you’ll crash down to Earth which can be dangerous. It is also an addictive substance that can cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep, leading to insomnia.
On the other hand, drinking only a few cups per day can bring many benefits to our health. First and foremost, it protects the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, while reducing the risk of diabetes and liver disease at the same time. Drinking coffee has also been mentioned to reduce the risk of depression, so despite all the bad stuff you’re going to hear about it, coffee is actually pretty great for our health. Of course, too much of it can be harmful, so make sure to stick to a few cups per day.