Is coffee good for you?
Coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, has many health benefits, but is it for everyone? The answer to this question comes down to several factors, such as age, genetics, and overall health status. Whether or not you can efficiently metabolism caffeine can vary up to 40-fold between individuals. Higher sensitivity to caffeine is associated with slower metabolism of caffeine.
Caffeine is a stimulant and in small amounts caffeine can have some very positive effects. These positive effects include alertness, mild euphoria, improved cognitive ability. In higher quantities, caffeine can bring on feelings of anxiety, restlessness, irritability, nausea, and insomnia. You are probably aware if you are a slow metabolizer of caffeine because you will feel anxious or have trouble sleeping after drinking caffeine, but a simple genetic test can tell you for sure how efficiently you metabolize caffeine and if you should avoid it.
What the research says: The health benefits of caffeine?
1. Improved Performance
Caffeine can improve physical performance by increasing alertness, reducing fatigue, and overall increasing physical performance by 11-12%. So, if you’re looking to improve your workout results, drink a cup of caffeinated coffee before exercising.
2. Reduced Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke
Studies have shown that coffee can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of heart disease than non-coffee drinkers. Strokes are medical emergencies that can lead to long-term brain damage and even death. But did you know that drinking coffee can help protect your brain after a stroke? Studies have shown that people who drink two or more cups of coffee per day are 30% less likely to die from a stroke than those who don’t drink any coffee at all.
3. Reduced Risk of Certain Types of Cancer
Coffee can also reduce your risk of some types of cancer. One study showed that people who drank four cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of cancer than those who didn’t drink any coffee at all.
4. Decreased Risk of Alzheimer
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and it affects millions of people worldwide. Studies have shown that people who drink three or more cups of coffee per day are 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t drink any coffee at all.
5. Lowered Depression Risk
Studies have shown that people who drink coffee are at a lower risk for depression. Coffee is also a powerful mood booster. Not only does it have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but also due to caffeine’s blocking effect on receptors in your brain that cause fatigue or depressed feelings–coffee can be one of many ways you stay energized!
What is mushroom coffee?
Mushroom coffee is a type of coffee that is made by adding powdered mushrooms, typically Chaga or Reishi mushrooms, to traditional coffee grounds. Some of the health benefits of mushroom coffee include boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation.
Chaga mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Reishi mushrooms are known for their immune-boosting properties, as well as their ability to help the body adapt to stress.
Mushroom coffee has gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to traditional coffee. Some people claim that it provides a smoother, less acidic taste than regular coffee, while others enjoy the added health benefits.
However, it is important to note that while mushrooms have many health benefits, more research is needed to fully understand their effects on the body. Additionally, some people may be allergic to mushrooms or have negative reactions to consuming them. As with any new food or beverage, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying mushroom coffee, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.
To Filter or Not to Filter?
I personally drink unfiltered coffee. It is super easy to brew a good cup of coffee, super easy to clean up, and I am the only one in my house that drinks coffee so I can make a small amount. I brew and drink about 1-2 cups of French press brewed coffee daily. Here is some info about filtered vs. unfiltered coffee:
Filtered vs unfiltered seems to be a point of contention and definitely worth mentioning. Coffee is rich in lipids called diterpenes. These diterpenes consist of cafestol and kahweol. Despite their beneficial effects including anti-carcinogenic properties, they are also associated with negative consequences such as elevation of blood cholesterol. Filtering your coffee helps remove some of these diterpenes in the coffee. Are removing these diterpenes getting rid of the some of the health benefits?
One possible solution would be a pour-over brew method with an unbleached filter. Because of the brewing method, timing and temperature, this method seems to maintain antioxidants while reducing some of the possibly lipid-raising diterpenes. French Press or pour-over brewing methods also limit mold breeding in your coffee maker (gross!) and French press and pour-over use a glass container, so no plastics! My blood cholesterol is not elevated, so I will probably continue with my French Press, but now I am really interested in pour-over. I’ll keep you updated!
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