So, there are a plenty of memes rolling all over the internet on caffeine every day. One reads, “Help me, caffeine! You’re my only hope”. Then the other says, I don’t have a problem with caffeine, I have problems without it”. And the other, “I went without caffeine once and it was terrible.” and many more. This is pretty enough to state the importance of caffeine in the life of a majority. But, the concern raises when someone asks you to stop giving up on caffeine mentioning its abuses. We don’t want to have such negativity in life, right? Who wants to hear such things, to be honest? However, most of the times we have to keep ourselves quiet because we don’t have the right answer to prove our point. Here’s to all those caffeine lovers, you don’t have to keep your mouth shushed anymore about your addiction to caffeine as we are mentioning some of the best yet surprising health benefits of caffeine that most of us never knew.
Health Benefits Of Caffeine
According to the stats revealed by International Coffee Organization, Worldwide, we consume about 1.6 billion cups of coffee every day. That is a lot, no? We all (or to make it sounds more realistic, the majority of us) needs that one cup of well-made strong coffee to get the energy to give a kick-beginning to our day. All thanks to coffee, we don’t have to do much to get that energetic strength inside us to cope and tackle our rough and tough routine.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declare that a person consumed an average of 300 mg of caffeine per day. And the Local Data Company figures as analyzed by the BBC show that the roughly 2,000 of bars, pubs, and nightclubs happened over the past five years. On the other hand, the number of cafes, dine-ins, and restaurants raised by 6,000.
“People socialize during the day or after work rather than evenings now,” said Professor Jonathan Morris pointing to the 1990s coffee shop-based sitcoms like Friends representing the coffee revolution happened in that era.
All of this coffee craze aside but the recent claims and studies against coffee intake make us a bit anxious while deciding whether or not caffeine is good for us. So, here are some unexpected and unsaid health benefits of caffeine supported by studies and research that you need to know to fight that anxiety before taking a cup of coffee.
It makes you smarter
According to a study, coffee enhances your intelligence and makes you smarter. It increases the memory recalling ability in a person and make it easy for him to remember things. In another research, people with more caffeine consumption performed better in a test conducted on memory recalling than those with lesser consumption. However, it doesn’t make you super efficient but improves your memory and capability of remembering small details.
It keeps you energetic
It keeps you alert and energetic. According to a research conducted on a group of 35 people, caffeine tends to keep you attentive and focused. People who didn’t sleep well at night but drank coffee in the morning were more energetic and attentive than those who didn’t drink it. It increases the brain performance and makes you feel super energetic and attentive to details.
Helps you in losing weight
Another great benefit of caffeine is that it prevents you from gaining weight. And it actually helps you in losing weight quite faster. So, it would be safe o say that caffeine is a fat burning agent that you should make a must in your diet if you want that slim and smart physique. According to a study, caffeine breaks down the fatty acids faster and help you in getting rid of obesity and unnecessary fats.
Improves physical performance
Coffee doesn’t only improve your brain performance, but, your overall physical performance as well. Coffee stimulates the nerve cells that directs the fatty acids to break down faster and increases Adrenaline level in your blood. This hormone makes our body physically active and ready for physical exertion, hence, improving your physical capability by 11-12%. So, we would suggest you drink a cup of coffee pre and post-workout.
Caffeine is proven as a shield on so many diseases. It actually fights and prevents us from several health-related issues. Some of them are following,
- It relieves asthma by opening airways and relieving the symptoms of bronchitis. Such as wheezing, coughing, and short breathing.
- It tends to reduce the occurrence of type-2 diabetes
- Caffeine protects you from getting dementia and Alzheimer in older age.
- It lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
- Caffeine is proven to impact positively on the liver. It reduces the tissue scarring severity and prevents cirrhosis.
- Coffee is said to be a good fighter again so many types of cancer. Such as mouth and throat cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, and rectal cancer.
- Coffee also lowers the risk of stroke.
- Caffeine is also good for your heart health and it is a myth that caffeine causes heart diseases.
- It prevents erectile dysfunctioning in men.
- It reduces the risk of getting kidney stones.
- It also lowers the risk of gout in women.
- Coffee tends to relieve your pain because of sleeplessness and tough work schedule. It is also good for treating hyperalgesia.
Caffeine intake is also good to cheer you up and make your mood better. According to a study, people who drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee are less likely to get depressed than those who drink lesser coffee. Also, the people who consume more caffeine are less likely to commit suicide as well.
Good for skin
The antioxidant attribute that caffeine possesses protects your skin cells against UV radiations. It also prevents skin aging and is used in several beauty products to produce cellulite. It reduces redness of the skin, oozing, and itchy skin as well, thus, makes skin healthy.
Prolongs your lifespan
As said above, it can save you from getting so many diseases and other problems, it is safe to say that caffeine can prolong the healthy lifespan. According to a study, people who take in more caffeine are less likely to die at early ages and lives a long life.