More than 60% of the world population consume coffee each day, making it the most popular beverage in the world. According to this information, it’s not a surprise that this drink causes a lot of controversy among health professionals.
Studies have shown that, when coffee is consumed without harmful additives, in reasonable quantities (not more than 5 cups a day), it can have a positive effects on brain health, short and long-term.
Here are the health benefits of our favorite beverage:
Currently increases alertness
Just because 60% is a large number of people drinking coffee, it can be proclaimed as an indispensable part of the morning ritual. The coffee will reduce the release of adenosine, a chemical that causes drowsiness and lack of concentration. Caffeine will increase the level of adrenaline, a hormone which is known to enhances the feeling of alertness.
Reduces chronic inflammation
Polyphenols, the powerful antioxidants which we find in the diets of Mediterranean cuisine and drinks of plant origin, including coffee, can help prevent osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. Polyphenols reduce the risk of chronic inflammation in the area of the cerebral cortex and hippocampus.
Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
Several studies have shown that 3-5 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. For that benefit, all the credits goes to the anti-inflammatory properties of the coffee. Coffee will help prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain, a key cause of various forms of dementia.
So, how about a cup of coffee?