Is caffeine good for you?

A lot, they say, can happen over coffee!

But then you wonder is it worthwhile from the health perspective? We have all learnt to live with the guilt of downing that mug of coffee first thing in the morning. Well, its time to bury that guilt … forever. That is as long as you don’t suffer from heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure or anxiety. Caffeine can worsen a pre existing condition, but (and herein lies the good news) for people with normal blood pressure and no previous heart condition, caffeine intake does no harm to your body besides doing a whole lot of good to your spirits. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that shows that coffee is actually good for health. Every time you pick up that cuppa here’s what you are gaining health wise:

1. Cheers to a smarter you!

If coffee is your go to drink to recover lost energy, you have scientific proof to back it up now. Controlled trials have shown that besides improving energy levels, coffee also improves other aspects of brain functioning. Be it memory or overall reaction time, that steaming cup is a definite enabler!

2. Lose weight now….tell me how?

Now this is the best thing a coffee lover can be told! Caffeine is one of the few natural substances that is known to aid the burning of fat as also to boost the metabolic rate. So sip your coffee towards a leaner you!

3. Say goodbye to the blues!

A Harvard study showed that women who drank 4 cups or more coffee everyday were 20% less susceptible to the risk of depression. Now can there be a better way to say Hello World other than with a mug of coffee!

4. Here’s to a healthy heart

Contrary to popular belief, studies do not support the fact that drinking coffee increases the risk of heart disease. In fact, some studies have gone on to show that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of stroke.

5. Prevention is better than cure

Caffeine is known to reduce the risks of several neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease as also Alzheimer’s. While these diseases have no cure, the focus is on prevention & caffeine comes in handy! Some studies have shown that caffeine can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s as much as 65%

6. Caffeine for the dreaded C word

Studies have gone on to show that Coffee drinkers have up to 40% reduced risk of developing liver cancer & up to 15% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.

7. Long live coffee drinkers

In the light of the above, it may not be out of place to say that coffee drinkers have a greater longevity. Studies, in fact have shown a correlation between drinking coffee and a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women

Need we say more? So go ahead & re energize with that steaming coffee mug. Whether you like yours hot, iced or black, there’s just one rule to remember- that of moderation. Chronic caffeine use can make a huge demand on your adrenals, triggering all alarms in your body. Now you wouldn’t want to be on a constant rollercoaster ride, would you? Oops…..our coffee is brewing….more later!

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