September 01, 2020 2 min read

 

Drinking coffee has just become part of DNA for many. Most people can’t even function without having a sip first thing in the morning and go for more than two rounds throughout the day. It is not just about the aroma and flavor, but how it grew into a mental and social or cultural thing.


Coffee is the most popular, if not one of the most popular drinks around the world. Its humble beginnings from Africa had spread out and now been cultivated in more or less than a hundred countries. The seeds of berries from the coffee plant are roasted to become coffee beans which then brewed into this addictive drink. 


We all know that coffee contains caffeine, which still confuses us if it’s a good thing or not. It is indeed an important component but coffee contains many compounds and it is being made in a variety of ways that makes it somehow difficult to determine how it affects each person. Thus, it has benefits and risks. Our bodies naturally produce adenosine which makes us feel tired and caffeine molecules look a lot like it. We suddenly feel alert for a few hours when caffeine blocks them off. Growing more adenosine receptors and building tolerance is how brain cells compensate which is where addiction comes in. 


While coffee is generally thought to provide an energy boost, research claims that it also offers some health benefits such as lowering the risk of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart failure aside from a number of nutrients like vitamin B-2 and B-3, niacin, magnesium. potassium and antioxidants. 


As mentioned earlier, drinking coffee has risks especially having too much of it. Its adverse effects include bone fractures and may not be safe during pregnancy. It may also include risk of anxiety for those with panic disorder and may trigger mania and psychosis. 


It is generally safe for most people to have 3 to 4 cups of consumption a day andif you wish to get the health benefits from it, you should avoid exceeding the recommended intake and watch out for additional ingredients and flavorings. Anything in moderation can always be a good thing. 


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