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The Real Deal on Coffee
Many of us are addicted to our morning cup (or three) of coffee a day. And it's not uncommon for many to enjoy a cup in the afternoon to perk us up, too. While there have been plenty of studies on the health benefits of coffee — including a boost in your workout performance — there are also negative effects of drinking too much coffee. So just how much is too much? And how real are the health claims? We recently spoke with two health professionals to get the real deal on coffee.
The Real Health Benefits of Coffee
According to the American Chemical Society, coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in the American diet — in part because we drink a ton of it. Coffee beans contain antioxidants, called quinines, which actually become more potent after roasting.
"This type of antioxidant, along with the magnesium found naturally in coffee, affect blood sugar levels and are thought to be responsible for the link to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes," says Hollywood nutritionist and registered dietitian, Lisa DeFazio. "Coffee also contains trigonelline, an antibacterial compound that not only gives it a wonderful aroma but may also be a factor in preventing dental caries."
To boot, coffee also contains chromium, which helps the body use the hormone insulin, which further helps to control blood sugar. Studies have also shown that coffee may improve mood, stop headaches, and reduce the risk of colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, dementia, stroke, heart rhythm problems and Parkinson's diseases, DeFazio says.
Because coffee is high in caffeine — about 85 to 100 milligrams per cup — java can also boost energy, increase focus and improve your workouts.
"Caffeine is known to release stored fatty acids that can be used for high-octane fuel for ATP production," says Dr. Barry Sears, one of the leading experts in the field hormonal responses induced by the diet and creator of the Zone Diet. "There is some intriguing data that caffeine can also help alertness and recovery after workouts."
The Downside of Coffee
Despite all of the health and workout benefits of coffee, you can get too much of a good thing. Excess caffeine can give you jitters due to increased blood pressure and act as a powerful diuretic. Too much caffeine can also raise blood levels of the fight-or-flight chemical epinephrine, and both regular and decaffeinated coffee contain acids that can make heartburn worse. Drinking too much coffee may also cause rapid heartbeat, sleeplessness and irritability.
You can also develop caffeine addiction with increasingly higher usage, which can affect its workout-boosting abilities. Sears says.
"The amount of coffee required to get these [workout] benefits probably depends on the amount you are accustomed to drinking," he says. "Like any drug, one develops resistance to the drug requiring more for to get the same benefits. An occasional coffee drinker will see a greater benefit of drinking two cups of coffee prior to a workout or competition than someone drinks coffee habitually."
Not to mention that if you skip your usual morning cup, you can develop a caffeine withdrawal headache, DeFazio says.
The Ideal Amount of Coffee to Drink
So just how much coffee should you drink to get the best health and workout benefits and avoid the negative consequences? Both Sears and DeFazio agree that two cups a day is the ideal amount.
"After about 250 milligrams [of caffeine] per day, it is possible to begin developing the effects of caffeine dependency and the side effects that come with it," Sears says. "So two cups of regular coffee per day is probably OK. To get the maximum sport performance benefit, don't drink any caffeine beverage and then drink one to two cups of regular coffee before working out or competition."
However, everyone is different, so listen to your body, DeFazio says.
"Coffee can give some people heart palpitations; for others it does not affect them," she says. "You have to do what is right for you. Personally, I enjoy my morning cup of coffee every day, and I do not leave the house until I have a cup. There are worse things in life to be addicted to, so I say go for it!"
Do you drink coffee? How many cups a day makes you feel good?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.
Your Brain On Coffee | Shape Magazine
Colleges and universities are back in session. That means millions of students nationwide are going to be reaching for their favorite study-time stimulant and morning eye-opener. (And no, it’s not Adderall.)
Coffee is still king of the late-night cram session and early morning course schedule. Of course, the drink helps you feel lucid and sharp. (More on that in a minute.) But coffee’s effects on your brain don’t end there. From your memory to your mood, coffee canoodles with your brain and its chemicals in interesting ways.
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How Coffee Perks You Up Everyone knows caffeine is the stuff in your coffee that keeps you awake and alert—at least for a while. How does it work? It plugs neurochemical receptors in your brain that would normally light up in response to the types of hormones that make you feel tired, shows a study from the U.S. and Italy.
At the same time, by plugging those sleep-triggering receptors, caffeine allows energizing brain chemicals like glutamate and dopamine to circulate more freely. When you feel a buzz from your triple espresso, it’s those two chemicals—not caffeine—that are amping you up, research shows. So think of caffeine as the DJ at a wild party; it’s hanging out off to the side of things and keeping the party going so your brain’s good-time chemicals can rock out.
Coffee, Your Memory, and MoreA study from Johns Hopkins University found swallowing the amount of caffeine in one or two cups of coffee boosts a person’s memory for new information by roughly 10 percent. How? Probably in the same ways caffeine keeps you awake and sharp, explains Michael Yassa, Ph.D., co-author of the Johns Hopkins study. Yassa says caffeine might help ramp up the activity of those brain chemicals involved in memory storage.
There’s also some evidence that coffee may strengthen the sense-based information your brain collects. Many studies dating back to the 1970s have found that the amount of caffeine in one to four cups of coffee can heighten your brain’s sensitivity to light and color, as well as sound. This may contribute to caffeine’s memory boosting abilities, the studies hint. (If you’re brain is better at absorbing sensory info, your memories will be sharper, the data suggest.)
Dozens and dozens of research papers have also tied coffee and caffeine to improved decision making, focus, quicker information recall, longer and sharper attention span, and many more brain benefits. Some newer research has even linked coffee consumption to lower rates of age-related brain diseases like dementia.
Coffee and Your MoodCoffee may help ward off the blues (the serious kind linked to depression). Several research papers have shown the caffeine in coffee may increase the amount and activity of the brain chemical serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to depression. And this serotonin boost may help explain why a study from the U.K. found people who drink coffee in the morning feel friendlier, happier, and more content.
On the other hand, too much caffeine can heighten your feelings of tension and anxiety, shows a study from Singapore. It can also crank up your stress levels if you’re already feeling frazzled. “Too much” depends on how much caffeine your system is used to dealing with, the authors say. So if you’re a two-cup-a-day person, you’d probably have to drink double that amount to feel these negative mood effects. At the same time, if you don’t drink much coffee, smaller doses of caffeine could trigger anxious feelings, the authors say.
The Bad NewsMultiple studies have shown caffeine is both habit- and tolerance-forming. That means if your brain gets used to your drinking coffee, you may not be able to think clearly or feel sharp if you abandon your brew. You may also have to drink more and more coffee to feel like yourself, research suggests. But the good news? For most people, there are few downsides to drinking up to 24 ounces of coffee a day, concludes a massive review study from Oregon State University.