INTERESTING COFFEE FACTS
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet. It is the magical drink of every morning. For most of us, the sun cannot rise without the smell of freshly brewed beans. They are technically seeds.
Coffee beans are cherry seeds known from a flowering bush-like plant that grows cherries. Once ripened, they are picked, processed, and dried. Each cherry contains two or three seeds that an average person would recognize as coffee beans. The plant’s fruit isn’t very pulpy, but it’s edible.
Are you aware that coffee is high in antioxidants? When hot water is poured over coffee grounds during the brewing process, the natural chemical compounds in the beans combine with the water and become part of the drink.
Do you want to know some interesting facts about coffee? Grab a coffee with me as we go into the facts.
- Coffee reduces stress
Coffee acts as an anti-stress substance due to the release of dopamine and serotonin, which trigger a good mood. One cup or even just the smell of it can calm your nerves. This could explain the lower risk of depression among coffee drinkers.
Caffeine is believed to block the mood-depressing chemicals in the brain from binding with the chemical called adenosine, which acts as a neuronal depressant. So when depression wants to creep in, pour yourself a big cup of coffee, listen to music, not sad music, and relax. If that doesn’t help, you may want to see a specialist.
Drinking between 2-3 cups of coffee every day appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by 50%. Caffeine is also one of those common stimulators of the central nervous system, and its common stimulation keeps depression at bay.
Coffee improves your immune system
Coffee is known for its energy-boosting caffeine effect, which aids your immune system, and makes it stronger. Its helpful chemicals and abundant source of nutrients can aid your immune system.
Coffee contains phenolic compounds with rich, health-promoting antioxidants activity that plays a crucial role in cancer prevention. It also improves your liver, heart, and digestive system.
You might want to stick to the natural freshly ground coffee. Instant coffee contains fewer nutrients and chemical additives that are not so good. Scientists found out that it reduces the risk of premature death. This is because it alters your immune system, making it stronger and healthier.
Coffee supports brain health and power
You do put a little sugar in your cup of coffee right? Do you know that adding sugar can turn you into a genius for a while?
This is because the combination of coffee and glucose acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system. This neuronal activity triggers the release of adrenaline that affects your body in several ways. Your heartbeat increases, blood pressure rises, breathing lobes open up and sugar is released into the bloodstream for extra energy.
Depending on the level of intake, it can help improve your attention and concentration power. So after lunch, when you are feeling a little tired, it can help boost your brain power. However, never drink coffee on an empty stomach since that will do the direct opposite.
Coffee can help ease headaches
The caffeine content can cure headaches and migraines. Research suggests could help relieve migraine symptoms and even stop them, if consumed at the very early stage of a headache. This is because substances that dilate blood vessels cause vascular headaches while such substances as caffeine constrict blood vessels and help counter the painful effect of blood vessel dilation in your head.
Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, and chocolate, but one may not know that caffeine is also contained in a variety of medications. That’s why it’s an ingredient in a lot of traditional pain relievers. It can make them as much as 40% more effective. Caffeine increases the strength of the medication and how quickly it works.
Coffee is one of the oldest beverages in the world
Together with tea, wine, and beer, it has been consumed for centuries. The story is told by goat herders in the 9th century. The first person who acknowledged the effects was an Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi he discovered the potential of coffee beans when he noticed his goats would become overly energetic after eating the coffee berries not long after folks realized the brewing beverages made with the fruits kept them awake for longer. This is just a legend and we can’t know for sure a coffee can indeed make goats more energetic.
Coffee can have many health benefits for the body overall but it also depends on how your body reacts to caffeine.