The Benefits of Caffeine
When most people think of coffee, they usually picture a pretty glass of dark beverage. This beverage is typically black in color, has a decaf taste and can be mixed with sugar. Many people also think that coffee must be drunk quickly in order to get the full benefits. However, there are many other benefits of consuming coffee, both short and long term. Here are my top two favorites:
Caffeine can either lower the risk of being overweight or prevent weight gain by: inhibiting the appetite and temporarily lowering the appetite. Caffeine can affect blood pressure, heartbeat, breathing, heart beat, blood vessel walls and kidney. Caffeine can also affect muscle tone, which may help reduce some of the fatigue associated with depression. Caffeine can also lower the risk of developing diabetes. So it can potentially have some positive benefits, but you should only consume caffeine under the supervision of your doctor.
A second benefit of drinking coffee is the ability to: lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and head trauma. Research indicates that moderate amounts of caffeine may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by about 30%, and coffee drinkers are about half as likely to develop dementia. Caffeine is an ingredient in Adderall, a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There is now a clinical trial testing Adderall along with Caffeine, which is expected to begin later this year.
A third benefit of drinking caffeinated coffee is the ability to: improve alertness, improve brain function and improve cognitive behavior. Caffeine can improve alertness by increasing arousal response; it also improves cerebral blood flow. Caffeine is known to increase cerebral oxygenation, which has an important role in brain function.
A fourth benefit of coffee consumption is the ability to: reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is due to the effect of caffeine on insulin action. Caffeine decreases the ability of insulin to stimulate glucose utilization, which leads to reduced blood sugar levels. Researchers estimate that about half of the people who consume at least four cups of coffee a day have lower risks of developing type 2 diabetes.
A fifth benefit of consuming caffeinated coffee is the ability to: improve cognitive performance and mood. Caffeine has been known to improve alertness and improve brain function. But researchers are not sure if this improvement of mood is caused by the caffeine, or by the effects of the other ingredients in the cup. Some experts think it may be the caffeine, because caffeine can enhance alertness.
The other 4 benefits of caffeine intake are: preventing Alzheimer’s disease, lowering the risk of cataracts and atherosclerosis, preventing cavities and teeth grinding, and increasing semen production. Caffeine does lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Caffeine has a mechanism of blocking the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques cause neurofibrillary tangles that decrease brain function. By preventing the formation of amyloid plaques, caffeine lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Caffeine also has a mechanism of preventing atherosclerosis, which is the condition that causes the arteries to harden, which is the precursor of carotid artery clogging.
It is not clear how caffeine affects the sleeping pattern of humans. Many people report that when they drink one cup of coffee, they fall asleep. Others do not experience this effect. It is unknown if caffeine does increase one’s arousal response, which is associated with poor sleep quality. It may act as a mild sedative. However, there is no evidence at this time that caffeine induces permissive behavior, which is what would be expected from its effects on the adenosine receptors in the brain.