Last week I was talking about the negative effects caffeine can have on the human body. What many don’t know is that caffeine can actually be beneficial to us. Here are five interesting facts about the advantages of caffeine.
1. It Reduces the Risk of Suicide
According to a study by Havard’s School of Public Health people who drink more than two cups of coffee a day are more stable emotionally. The suicide risk is cut by 45 percent possibly because caffeine’s stimulant effect helps boost people’s moods. www.aarp.org
2. Caffeine increases Performance
Caffeine slightly increase heart and breathing rate preparing the body for peak performance. While working out it can also increase muscle contraction, which in turn leads to the growth of the muscle. This happens because caffeine blocks adenosine receptors attached to muscle fibers causing a stronger burst of calcium. In order for a muscle to contract, calcium must be released within a fiber. www.menshealth.com
3. Lowers The Risk of Diseases
A study lead by NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that caffeine reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by four to eight times. This is presumed because caffeine keeps dopamine molecules active. www.aarp.org
4. The Highest Intake of Antioxidants
Another study completed in 2005 states that coffee contains more antioxidants than any other food or drink. Even though some vegetables and fruits contain a good amount, the body absorbs the most antioxidants from coffee. www.huffingtonpost.com
5. Good for Your Liver
People who drink one cup of coffee everyday are 20 percent less likely to develop liver cirrhosis, which is autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer. “Consuming coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a person consumes the less risk they seem to have of being hospitalized or dying of alcoholic cirrhosis” , said Arthur L Klatsky the lead author of the study. www.huffingtonpost.com
In conclusion, caffeinated drinks in moderation are ok. However, it is beneficial to follow a healthy diet and be physically active. More and more people drink coffee and overtime it has become much easier to access with local drive-through coffee shops across the country. We often drink caffeinated beverages to fight exhaustion. However sometimes, especially in the afternoon when our body and mind start to shut down caffeine is not the best solution, especially when we are trying to go to sleep a couple hours later. This is why we have developed CLAREX, it is a perfect supplement to help you stay focused without the added stimulant.