Proponents argue that coffee is highly beneficial and healing, while opponents warn that too much of this drink can slow down the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and that it will cause insomnia.
Most people cannot imagine beginning the day without coffee in the morning. People drink black coffee, espresso, filtered, instant coffee… depending on what you like.
Characteristic effects of coffee were first discovered by Ethiopians more than three thousand years ago, and it was soon transferred further in the Arab world, where coffee is used instead of a prohibited alcohol. In Europe in the 16th century coffee is conveyed by the Venetian merchants, which the Roman Catholic Church did not approve, so it asked the pope to prohibit the “devil’s drink“.
To their surprise, the pope concluded that coffee poses no danger, so it is enough just to “bless it.” Over the centuries, coffee has become a favorite beverage.
This aromatic drink has always aroused conflicting opinions. Proponents argue that it is highly beneficial for the organism, while opponents have their opinions of its negative side. Experts, however, have calculated that the maximum safe amount is nine cups of coffee a day.
Some people believe that the use of coffee reduces the absorption of vitamins and minerals, makes it difficult to digest, and that caffeine as a mild psychoactive substance is addictive, and it causes insomnia, and sometimes heartburn. It can cause a rapid heart rate and can lead to headaches.
However, as a mild stimulant, caffeine has a positive effect on mood, and some studies have proved that it raises the level of psychophysical readiness, prevents loss of concentration and reduces depression and anxiety. It has been found that coffee drinkers have less bronchospasm and asthma. Coffee encourages regular bowel movements.
Experts advise that you shouldn’t drink coffee on an empty stomach, or after 5-6 o’clock in the afternoon, in order to avoid excessive stimulation of the nervous system. And it is recommended to avoid decaffeinated coffee, which is in many cases proved to be more harmful than coffee that contains it.
Caffeine, otherwise, is found in tea, analgesics and medicines for colds and flu… Caffeine has a bronchodilator effect, spreading the bronchi, which is why it is used as a medicinal preparation in neonatology in the treatment of neonatal apnea or absence of normal breathing in newborns.
Otherwise, two cups of coffee a day help with heart health, reduce the risk of diabetes and ease muscle pain. Moreover, it has an antiseptic effect and it regulates many processes in the body which have been found in the research. The antioxidants in coffee are beneficial for the lungs, liver and kidneys and also protect against neurodegenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Phenolic compounds in coffee, along with antioxidants, reduce stress, and help the body better use insulin, and thus protect the body from type 2 diabetes. However, it is important to know that you should drink coffee in moderation, because too much coffee during the day becomes counterproductive.
One research found that people who drink three cups of coffee a day have better mental ability in later years. Also, research experts in “Nestle” Institute found that a daily intake of three cups of instant coffee leads to a significant increase in the number and activity of probiotic bacterial flora, and thus establishing normal bowel movements.