Drink Coffee?? What Positive Effects it has on you Health

I’m a huge coffee drinker. Its such a huge part of my routine I always need to start my day with a cup of coffee. How about you? I’m sure 99% of you agree with this and drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning to get your day started.

Or a different thought, how about the people I see at the gym with a hot coffee or iced coffee to help them with there workout. I’m sure you have seen it as well, and I’m sure you have heard that coffee gives you energy. Now, what effects does caffeine have on your metabolism and fitness?

Research:

In a study published March 15, in the Journal of Internal Medicine, included 47 adults who were heavy coffee drinkers (like me). Studies are shown that increased caffeine alters blood levels. Most effects of caffeine were as expected in this study, but the researchers said a few were surprising.

Typically coffee drinkers are found to have lower risks of Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and certain cancers. In the study done for the Journal of Internal Medicine, they were trying to link more of the biological effects of caffeine.

What the researchers did in this study was have the patients omit coffee from there diet for 1 month. After the 1 month passed they had the patients drink 4 cups per day for 1 month and then 8 cups for one month following. The team found some unknown effects of caffeine. The researchers found shifts in metabolites related to the steroid system (cholesterol and estrogen & testosterone hormones) and fatty acid metabolism which could lead to weight control.

In another study, in the Journal of Pain, research Patrick O’Connor, a professor of exercise science at the University of Georgia, states “Muscle contractions produce a host of biochemicals that can stimulate pain.” In this study, it took 16 patients who rode a bicycle for 30 minutes on two separate occasions. The intensity was the same, and the exercise was made to help create muscle pain. Each day the patients took a caffeine pill or a placebo pill and the study concluded that the patients who took the caffeine pill reported substantially less pain in there thigh/quad muscles.

Effects of Caffeine:

The research team, for the Journal of Internal Medicine, found shifts in metabolites related to the steroid system (cholesterol and estrogen & testosterone hormones) and fatty acid metabolism. Cornelis states she is looking to complete future studies to help explain why coffee drinkers have lower risks of certain diseases. Cornelis explains that coffee has been linked to better weight control, and possible effects on endocannabinoids, which help regulate blood pressure, sleep, and appetite. According to U.S. dietary guidelines, it’s safe to say adults can consume up to 4 cups of caffeine a day. But make sure your not over consuming which can be ease. There is caffeine in teas, energy drinks, even chewing gum.

In the second study I discussed, in the Journal of Pain, it suggests that consuming caffeine can also reduce muscle pain after a great workout. This also co-sides with its effects to increase and improve endurance during workouts. They did note during this study that heavy caffeine users had fewer effects due to altered pain receptors.

Conclusion:

Caffeine has its benefits. One, coffee is how I get my day started, and I love the taste. This is a great way to start my day and routine. Also, typically coffee drinkers are found to have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and certain cancers. Caffeine has also been linked to better weight control, and possible effects on endocannabinoids, which help regulate blood pressure, sleep, and appetite. Also, another benefit is less muscle pain after a strenuous workout.

As you can see caffeine is a great way to benefit your health in many avenues. It will help with muscle discomfort, help control weight, reduce certain disease, reduce appetite, and even aid in sleep.

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Sources:
https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20180315/coffee-may-have-bigger-effect-on-you-than-thought#1

https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20030917/caffeine-ease-exercise

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