What brings up to your mind when think of ‘caffeine’? Many modern people’s lives are closely related to caffeine. It is very easy to witness people carrying coffee on their way to work. If you’re thinking about where to go after a meal, a cafe that sells coffee cannot be deselected without hesitation. There are lots of misconception and truth about caffeine. By not knowing and not consuming properly, caffeine can be harmful. It is true that caffeine can bring some side effects such as osteoporosis(weak and porous bones), diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, heart disease and somnipathy(sleep disorder). However, when well used, it is beneficial.
The most common effect of coffee is that it prevents office workers and teenagers from falling asleep. Coffee has the effect of suppressing the breakdown of components that keep you awake, and as you drink coffee, the blood flow to the brain increases, which helps boost your endurance and concentration.
In fact, caffeine is often used in neurology to treat headaches. The reason that caffeine is sometimes mixed in the treatment of headaches is because caffeine increases the pain relieving effect by 40% and promotes absorption of various medicinal ingredients. A migraine medicine often sold at pharmacies contains caffeine and helps prevent degenerative brain diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s. Therefore, an adequate amount of caffeine can be a medication in some cases for those who are concerned about brain health.
Did you know that coffee has a body fat breakdown effect? There are a lot of people who eat americano for their diets. It actually helps break down body fat and converts caffeine into energy, so if you drink coffee before exercise, your energy consumption increases by about 10 percent.
Caffeine also has the effect of activating liver function and promoting liver cell activity. Coffee helps strengthen liver function and promotes the breakdown of acetaldehyde, the cause of hangover.
But what about the side effects? You don’t need to worry about it! A nutritionist and a food therapist from Institute for Food and Nutrition proved that the side effects of the coffee can be supplemented. When you have osteoporosis or if you are worried about it, mix coffee with milk. While the tryptophan of milk can help you sleep and strengthen your bones with calcium, caffeine has a completely opposite effect. Therefore, by mixing milk to coffee you can enjoy your coffee while maintaining your bone health. If you think that sugat in instant coffee causes diabetes, it can be prevented by adding salt to the coffee. The amount of sugar coffee mix contains is approximately equal to two sugar cubes. When making coffee, add 1/8 teaspoon of salt which increases the savory taste and the sweetness of the coffee. By this method, you will be able to put less sugar in your coffee than before and avoid diabetes. Young people buy americano a lot in coffee shops these days. However, if you look closely at americano, you will be able to see floating oil called cafosterols which wasn’t be able to filtered. Here is a solution for people who are worried about their vascular health: Drip coffee. Drip coffee is the perfect coffee for people who need vascular control, such as hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure and heart disease because in contrast to americano, drip coffee is used to filter out coffee using a filter paper, which in turn affects blood lipid levels less because cafosterols are caught in the filter.
Left: Americano, Right: Drip coffee
The hidden nickname of coffee is ‘legitimate stimulants’. Like its nickname, knowing about caffeine and your body is will enable you to use caffeine in a beneficial way, safely and healthily.
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