We all have friends and family that keep reminding us of the health risks of one thing or another, right? I am sure that you, like me, are surrounded by cynics who find flaws in everything. In fact, some of them have the nerve to disparage something as glorious as coffee. “Caffeine is addictive”, they say, or “Don’t drink coffee, it gives you insomnia.”
Come to think of it. This is outrageous and preposterous on so many levels. Even caffeine is hurt by such thoughtless allegation. I am a committed coffee lover and I have been doing some digging recently. Here is what authentic research says.
Yes, caffeine can give you sleepless nights but only excess of it, i.e., more than 5-6 cups a day. And it is not addictive, it can cause dependence. Truth is, moderate consumption of caffeine is good for you, i.e., 2-3 (or even four) cups a day. Upon ingestion, caffeine binds with adenosine receptors and prevents firing of the inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. Adenosine slows activity in your brain.
A moderate consumption of caffeine:
- Makes you alert and more productive by inhibiting adenosine.
- Fights fatigue by tightening your muscles.
- Makes your mind sharp by making neurons fire faster.
- Prevents and reduces exacerbations of asthma by relaxing airways.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes by 42%.
- Lowers risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women.
Do not listen to cynics who are hell-bent on robbing little pleasures of your life. Life without coffee can be scary. The only thing you should be sure about today is that you will have a mug of aromatic ground coffee, everything else is just wild speculation.