But first, coffee…
Do you drink it?
There certainly are benefits to a cup of (organic) brew. Coffee has certain phytonutrients, help stabilize free radicals in the body and help assimilate vitamin C and even prevent tumor growth. It can also be therapeutic for people with asthma.
Additional coffee/caffeine benefits:
- Even in relatively low doses of 250 milligrams, caffeine has been shown to stimulate alertness and improve mental performance.
- At 250 milligrams, some report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness, and sociability.
- Caffeine can improve performance of cognitive tasks such as recognizing visual patterns more quickly
- Caffeine allows athletes to exercise for longer durations without hitting exhaustion. Although the mechanism is not yet known, caffeine affects the utilization of glycogen during workouts. Glycogen is the main fuel for muscles, and once it’s depleted, exhaustion sets in. Caffeine decreases the use of glycogen stores during workouts by up to 50%, allowing for longer workouts.
- Caffeine may potenially stimulate the release of B-endorphins and hormones that depress the sensation of pain or discomfort.
- Caffeine constricts blood vessels and helps the body absorb some medications more quickly, which is why it’s added to some pain medications (note: caffeine can affect the absorbency of some medicines, like thyroid medication, which should be taken at least an hour before caffeine consumption).
- Coffee contains minerals and antioxidants that help prevent diabetes. Frank Hu, MD, one of the authors of The Harvard Study, theorizes it may be because caffeine stimulates muscles to burn fat and sugar more efficiently.
- Caffeine keeps dopamine molecules active, preventing diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Harvard researchers found that men who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day are half as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who refrain from consuming caffeinated beverages.
* non organic coffee and tea is highly sprayed with pesticides, which do more damage than good. It is best to have organic coffee and tea. Like anything, in moderation, as too much of anything isn’t good. If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, it should be avoided.