A cup of coffee for breakfast has become a morning necessity for many people. It turns out that this bitter beverage can not only invigorate and ward off sleep, but also bring health benefits.
According to Food News, coffee can benefit the brain – reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Also, this aromatic and invigorating beverage contains large amounts of antioxidants that have beneficial effects on the body.
Is Coffee Good For Your Brain?
Elisabet Rothenberg, a nutritionist from Swedish Christiansted University, conducted a study on the effects of coffee on neurodegenerative diseases.
It is thought that if coffee is drunk regularly, it may reduce the risk of these diseases or reverse their symptoms. For prevention, they recommend drinking no more than five cups of coffee a day.
In addition, Rottenberg discovered that men are more positively affected by coffee than women. For example, in Parkinson’s disease, the drink can improve mobility.
Other benefits of coffee
Experts are still arguing about the benefits of coffee, but the hard evidence on the positive effects of this bitter beverage is overwhelming.
Of course, when you drink a lot of caffeine drinks, and not only coffee but strong tea and energy drinks, you can provoke insomnia, tachycardia, hypertension and gastrointestinal problems.
However, when consumed in moderation, coffee only brings benefits, reports the medical journal One Medical. For example:
- Contains antioxidants (substances that fight cell ageing);
- improves short-term memory (wakes up the brain by sending impulses to neurons);
- supports cardiovascular health (2-4 cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of disease by 20%);
- prevents cancer (polyphenols in coffee can prevent liver, prostate and colon cancer)
- reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes (improves cell response to insulin)
- helps with physical activity (helps fight fatigue, increases stamina);
- reduces symptoms of depression (activates “happy” hormones – dopamine and serotonin).
Scientists have previously dispelled the myth about the harms of coffee made with the much-loved ingredient. According to them, these additives to the bitter beverage do not affect the absorption of antioxidants and do not block their activity.