Since the first moment of its discovery, coffee managed to have strong effect on people who tasted it. It was first found to be in use in the location of modern day Ethiopia by today’s Oromo people in 15th century, who soon popularized it in neighboring countries of East Africa, Ottoman Empire and eventually continental Europe who came in contact with this plant during the crusades. When coffee arrived to Europe, it was welcomed not only by the general population, but also by the armies of scientists and medical workers who all wanted to find out its secrets and how to most efficiently use its positive health effects. Here are some of the most important Caffeine Health Benefits that were discovered by them:
Improved memory – Effects of caffeine as a stimulant are not limited only on keeping us awake. After conducting long and detailed research at Austria's Medical University Innsbruck, scientists found out that 100 milligrams of caffeine per day (equivalent of about one coffee cup) can boost brain activity in areas that are home to our short-term memory. Group of 100 adult participants was regularly tested, and scanned, leading to clear results – caffeine drinkers had better short term memory and attention.
Heart benefits – Even though it was believed for the long time that caffeine is a source of high blood pressure and that it can cause damage to our cardio-vascular system, modern studies confirmed that this is not so. Yes, caffeine intake will increase blood pressure, but regular consumption will produce increased tolerance in the body, and increase in overall body performance and endurance. According to the studies done in Brooklyn College, males who drink on cup of coffee per day are 53 percent less likely to die from heart disease then those who abstain. Another Harvard study showed that even 6 cups of coffee per day won’t increase chance of developing heart disease. However, coffee consumption is not advised for people who already have heart disease or have genetic sensitivity to coffee.
Stimulates hair growth – International Journal of Dermatology has proven that direct and prolonged contact of coffee with our scalp can stimulate hair growth. Even though you will never be able to see the benefits by consuming coffee (even 60 cups per day won’t be enough), some companies are selling caffeine-based shampoos which can have some small beneficiary effect.
Improved liver function – Caffeine in our bloodstream can very effectively clean liver from accumulated toxins. This is especially beneficiary to the people who are suffering from the hepatitis B or C, and people who have high risk of developing liver damage.
Reduced risk of Diabetes – Regular consumption of caffeine can greatly reinforce our bloodstream and reduce risk of developing diabetes.
Reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive declines associated with aging.
Caffeine increases levels of neurotransmitters, which enables faster and clearer thinking (norepinephrine, acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine and glutamate), especially when we are tired.
Caffeine temporarily increases alertness and decreases fatigue.
Caffeine accelerates metabolic rate.
Caffeine can reduce risk of cancer, or delay its growth.
Caffeine may reduce risk of Parkinson's disease.
Caffeine may reduce free radicals inside our bodies.
Note: All figures are approximate, this site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.