For the longest time, I thought that coffee was something that we should be avoiding and it’s really bad for you we should not be taking it. But I was wrong, the other day I accidentally stumbled across a video on coffee and it piqued my curiosity so I watched it and I was intrigued by what the person said about it so I decided to learn more about coffee, specifically about the caffeine in it which I believed was so bad for you. Turns out it is not that bad for you and may even have benefits.
So what does coffee actually do, well as you might know coffee contains caffeine which is the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug, blocks one of the neuron transmitters in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neuron transmitter and its foremost action is to hose down brain activity. So when coffee blocks adenosine it increases overall neural firing in the brain that increases the activity of other neurotransmitters like dopamine which ultimately stimulates changes in our energy, mood and attention.
Positive impacts of Coffee
- Enhances memory performance
- Improves memory and recall
- Improves mood
- Enhances physical performance
- Improves recovery from exercise
- Contains more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa.
- Coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases(including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, etc
Negative impacts of coffee
- Can cause insomnia
- Can cause restlessness
- Can cause anxiety
- Can cause jitteriness
- Bad quality coffee can be toxic
- Too much coffee raises stress levels
- Coffee can seriously dehydrate you so for every cup of coffee you should be drinking two cups of water.
- Can suffer from caffeine withdrawal
- Pregnant women should not be having high amounts of caffeine.
So is coffee good or bad for you? There are many more positive and negative impacts of drinking coffee. The ones mentioned above are only a few. All the negative effects of drinking coffee are caused when consumed in high amounts or when the person becomes addicted to it and feels like they cannot go through the day without coffee. At the end of the day, we should remember that caffeine is a drug and we can get addicted to it. But there are many benefits to drinking coffee. So the best strategy would be to not take it regularly or take a week off from coffee every three weeks if you are a daily drinker. This builds your tolerance to caffeine.
In my opinion, I feel like people who do drink coffee can change to decaf coffee. Decaf coffee tastes exactly like normal coffee or at least very similar to the normal coffee and it has no caffeine. Even though it is labelled as “decaf” coffee when people drink the coffee since it tastes exactly like normal coffee they might believe that it doesn’t really make much of a difference and thanks to the placebo effect they will experience the same benefits they had while they drank normal coffee. In fact, there are people who drink decaf coffee unknowingly and believe that whatever outcome they were looking from that coffee occurred because they drank “caffeinated” coffee. This is just my opinion.