by - Agustus 25, 2017

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“I can live my days without drinking coffee, but it feels incomplete. Because coffee has really stole my heart.” Rilyfe ID.

I can spend a few hours at Starbucks to studying while I have a cup of Iced Café Latte or Iced Cappuccino. The café atmosphere gave my brain a refreshments to absorb the actuarial exam material well. Haha. Drinking coffee also helps to boost my mood and protect me from…sleepy, of course.

The beverage that extracted from seeds of coffee plant has been existed since 3000 years ago. Coffee continues to grow and has more and more fans. Many coffee shops started popping up with new menu ideas. That’s why coffee have many kind of roasting type and flavor variants. In Indonesia its self, coffee has become a new lifestyle both of young and old generation. People not only drink coffee to welcoming the morning again, but coffee became the most appropriate buddy when hanging out with friends or meeting with colleagues.

What kind of coffee do you like? I love Café Latte and Cappuccino. Actually, previously I also like black coffee, because men have to drink a strong coffee right? Hehe. But unfortunately, I have to give up with black coffee since I have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Every time I drink black coffee, my stomach feels not good, even I only drink it for only half of a cup. However, I will still to drink coffee. Although I could skip it, but it feels incomplete. The way to overcome it, I drink coffee after eating rice. I won’t drink coffee when my stomach is still empty.

Anyway, there are some benefits of drinking coffee. Do you know what are? Let’s find out!

  1. Decrease the risk of some cancers - The International Agency and Research on Cancer (IARC) says that drinking coffee can lower the risk of some cancers. This statement is a revision of a previous statement stating that coffee has a carcinogenic substance. But in further research, it is not proven. IARC says actually any beverage that drunk in high temperature (above 650 Celcius) can potentially lead to esophageal cancer.
  2. Decrease the risk of heart disease - A study conducted at Seoul’s Kangbuk Hospital, Seoul, South Korea, with involving about 25,000 men and women, proved that drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee tend to have 40% less calcium in their coronary arteries than those who do not drink coffee. Whereas this calcium can cause blockage in the coronary arteries hence people can have a heart attack.
  3. Boost our energy and make us happier - This is what I say that coffee will make my mood better, because the caffeine in the coffee can increase the Adrenaline level. It will affect to boost our energy and restore our fresh mood.
  4. Make us smarter - Caffeine that absorbed will be brought in bloodstream to brain.  As reported in Healthline page, “In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When that happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.”
  5. Protect us from Alzheimer’s diseaseHonestly, I am a forgetful person. I think it’s because I drink coffee too often. But I was wrong! It turns out after I read an article, coffee can actually help to prevent from the disease that usually occurred to people over 65 years old, yes Alzheimer. This is again why I drink coffee. Haha.
  6. Provide tons of antioxidants - Beside of fruits and vegetables, our body will also absorb the antioxidants from coffee. Even the levels of antioxidants in coffee lover are much higher than the average antioxidant levels of people who do not drink coffee. If fruits and vegetables can provide antioxidant levels in blood plasma of 0.4-0.8mmol/dl plasma, then the antioxidant level of coffee can contribute 11.1ml/dl plasma. These antioxidants are also linked to a reason why you become happier when drinking coffee, and protect you from cancer.

I am a coffee addict, but in fact, coffee doesn’t make people addicted like what cigarette or drugs do. If people addict to coffee, it is only due to its taste. Nah!

So how many cups of coffee should we drink? If you like to drink coffee, many experts says coffee should be drunk 2-3 glasses a day. It also needs to be considered with the sensitivity of our body, because everybody has different body rhythms. Remember that although coffee has many benefits that are good for our body, but everything that is over is also not good for our body.

Cheers for coffee lover!

“Coffee with a friend is like capturing happiness in a cup.” - Unknown

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