Is Coffee Bad for You?
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Coffee has been an integral part of most people’s morning routines for several hundred years. Despite its huge popularity, coffee has also been seen by some as a beverage that is unhealthy. Large-scale population studies have changed that perception, and coffee is no longer considered bad for you, with some exceptions.
The case for the healthiness of coffee (in moderation) keeps gaining momentum and numerous studies reveal that there are major health benefits to coffee consumption. However, if you don’t enjoy drinking coffee, do not try to consume it, as genetics and the speed at which your body metabolizes substances may affect coffee’s health benefits.
1. Increased Energy
Coffee is often the first thing that is consumed in the day because it has such high concentrations of caffeine. The first cup of coffee of the morning is absorbed into the bloodstream and is carried to the brain where it assists the neurons that are responsible for energy, mood and cognitive function.
Caffeine is a psychoactive substance that is able to break through the morning’s brain fog and stimulate the nervous system into being able to concentrate and be attentive. This effect can last up to four hours but can only occur if coffee is consumed in moderation.