Coffee is one of the most known beverages around the world. It’s warm and comfy smell makes us want to relax and rest, especially on a rainy day. But aside from its surging popularity, coffee is also one common subject of medical research. And since a lot of people like coffee, here are 5 interesting facts scientists discovered about this drink:
Note: the following facts pertain to pure coffee without any form of sugar or creamer.
1) It can help in lowering the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease and similar neuropathologies (Herden et al., 2018)
Parkinson’s and Alzeihmer’s are neuropathologies that affect millions of adults globally, causing not only ugly symptoms, but sadness and sorrow for family members as well.
A study done in 2018 showed that coffee drinkers had a decreased risk of developing neuropathologies such as Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
2) It lowers the Risk of developing diabetes Mellitus (Yarmolinsky, 2015)
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is so common that almost everybody has a family member affected by it.
In 2015, a study conducted by Yarmolinsky noted that coffee exhibited alterations on blood sugar levels, particularly after meals. Thus providing another piece of evidence along with many others how coffee can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
3) Contains anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties (Jung et al., 2017)
Antioxidants are important compounds to fight oxidative stress. And just like other natural drinks, coffee gives its own share of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents in the form of Chlorogenic acid as seen in the study done by Jung et al. in 2017.
Another research made by Jung et al. in 2017, found that light roasted coffee beans contained high levels of Chlorogenic Acid that provide potent antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory effects.
4) It can promote weight, BMI, and body fat reduction (Tabrizi, 2018)
In a modern world where people desire to shed more pounds, coffee seems to provide additional help to individuals who want to lose weight.
A meta analysis done by Tabrizi in 2018 showed that caffeine intake can increase weight reduction, body mass index (BMI), and decrease fat mass.
5) Contains neuroprotective properties (Huber et al., 2015)
Aside from its effects on blood sugar and body weight, this drink provides neuroprotection through a compound called eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamid. Hereby not only keeping your blood and weight healthy, but help you stay mentally sharp too!
A component found in coffee, called eicosanoyl-5-hydoxytryptamid (EHD) was investigated in 2015 by Huber et al. where it was found to contain neuroprotective properties.
While coffee may provide a number of benefits, it also contains caffeine, a compound that when taken in excess can manifest with various side effects.
Hence, it’s important to stay within the recommended dose (less than 400mg/day) to avoid health hazards.
Herden, L., & Weissert, R. (2018). The Impact of Coffee and Caffeine on Multiple Sclerosis Compared to Other Neurodegenerative Diseases. Frontiers in Nutrition, 5. doi:10.3389/fnut.2018.00133
Yarmolinsky J, Mueller NT, Duncan BB, Bisi Molina Mdel C, Goulart AC, Schmidt MI. Coffee Consumption, Newly Diagnosed Diabetes, and Other Alterations in Glucose Homeostasis: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). PLoS One. 2015;10(5):e0126469. Published 2015 May 15. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126469
Choi, S., Jung, S., & Ko, K. (2018). Effects of Coffee Extracts with Different Roasting Degrees on Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Systems in Mice. Nutrients,10(3), 363. doi:10.3390/nu10030363
Reza Tabrizi, Parvane Saneei, Kamran B Lankarani, Maryam Akbari, Fariba Kolahdooz, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Somayyeh Nadi-Ravandi, Majid Mazoochi & Zatollah Asemi (2018) The effects of caffeine intake on weight loss: a systematic review and dos-response meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2018.1507996
Huber, K., Voronkov, M., Fernandez, J., Rouzard, K., Iishi, A., Perez, E., … & Stock, J. (2015). EHT™ coffee extract: A neuroprotective agent and modulator of PP2A methylation with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (S16. 006).