10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Coffee by Natural Blaze
Coffee might seem to have become the premier symbol of our modern fast-paced lifestyle. Often used as a quick wake-up, midday pick-me-up, or to get through a late-night cram session for school or work, coffee as a beverage is only increasing in popularity.
Coffee’s history as a beverage that made its way from the Arabian peninsula into Europe and beyond is indeed an interesting one. However, the use of coffee in its entirety is being studied more closely and could place coffee in a whole new context as a beneficial component to human health and the environment.
Let’s look at the comprehensive health benefits that coffee can impart, whether ingested or applied.
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1. Energy booster: We might as well start with the most obvious. This is no doubt the #1 reason why most of us race for our coffee each morning and how companies justify an office coffee service But unlike sugary drinks, potentially dangerous “energy drinks” or even a large glass of morning juice, the boost from coffee is normally longer lasting (1 hour peak, lingering in the system for 3-8 hours) without any of the cliff-like energy crash associated with artificial concoctions of sugar and caffeine. So long as we are not adding heaps of processed sugar, or over imbibing, coffee is a great way to get started, or to offset the mid-day fatigue many people encounter.
2. Memory enhancer: Coffee’s connection to the mind was immediately apparent to the Arabs who first began to cultivate and process coffee for consumption. The National Coffee Association succinctly summarizes this part of coffee’s history:
The popularity of the coffee houses was unequaled and people frequented them for all kinds of social activity. Not only did they drink coffee and engage in conversation, but they also listened to music, watched performers, played chess and kept current on the news of the day. In fact, they quickly became such an important center for the exchange of information that the coffee houses were often referred to as ‘Schools of the Wise.’
This was echoed by nearly every new culture that subsequently encountered their first cup of coffee. For an entertaining and informative account of the impact of coffee amid a historical backdrop with fictionalized characters, we have to recommend David Liss’s book The Coffee Trader.
Modern-day science is confirming these early observations. Research into caffeine at Johns Hopkins University highlights the positive impact on long-term memory:
Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed.
“We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans,” said Yassa, senior author of the paper. “We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours.” (Source)
3. Positive effect on Alzheimer’s – The same properties which offer memory enhancement to a normally functioning brain also have been proven to reverse and even cure the full-blown memory loss of Alzheimer’s. It is now thought by scientists that a main characteristic of Alzheimer’s are deposits known as tau deposits which disrupt nerve cell communication in the brain and lead to eventual degeneration. Alzheimer’s remains one of our most tragic diseases as there is currently no drug on the market to prevent this degeneration. However, in a recent study into the effects of caffeine’s receptor-blocking potential, researchers used mice with tau deposits and found the following stunning results:
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