Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. The two most economically important varieties of coffee plant are the Arabica (75-80%) and the Robusta (20%) produced worldwide. South America is now responsible for approximately 45% of the world’s total coffee exports. Most of this coffee is grown in Brazil.
As slightly acidic (pH 5.0–5.1) in nature, Coffee can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content.
a) Enhance Energy levels: Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream. From there, it travels into the brain.
In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine (a hormone which makes you lazy, sleepy or drowsy). Both caffeine and adenosine are neurotransmitters belonging to a chemical group known as xanthine. So, Caffeine molecules bind with Adenosine receptor to keep you energetic.
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.
b) Deodorizing Agent: Place a bowl of coffee grounds (grinded) anywhere esp. in Kitchen where rotten smell appears as it absorb odors.
c) Burns Fat: Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel.
d) Anti-Oxidant: Coffee show more anti-oxidant property than Green Tea and Cocoa. 1000’s of antioxidants have been identified in coffee beans which neutralize free radicals which are responsible for cause of chronic diseases.
For e.g: Chlorogenic acid – prevent Cardiovascular disease.
e) Improve Memory: 100 milligrams (mgs) of caffeine boost our memory. Researchers found that drinking three to five cups of coffee daily at midlife was associated with a 65 percent decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in later life.
Caffeine prevents the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque that may contribute to the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Researchers also theorize that because coffee drinking may be associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, a risk factor for dementia, it also lowers the risk for developing dementia.
f)Essential Nutrients:Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.
Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
g) Diminish Cellulite:Mix warm Coffee powder (grounded/grinded) with any massage oil and apply to skin with underlying fat deposits. It will clear this lumpy appearance which quite noticeable on thighs and hips. (caffeine as ingredient found in many skin creams)
h) Curb Cancers: Drinking four or more cups of coffee daily decreased the risk of endometrial cancer in women by 25 percent as compared to women who drank less than one cup a day.
Polyphenols, antioxidant phytochemical found in coffee, have demonstrated anti-carcinogenic properties in several studies and are thought to help reduce the inflammation that could be responsible for some tumors.
i)Lessen Type-2 Diabetes: One component of coffee known as caffeic acid has been found to be particularly significant in reducing the toxic accumulation of abnormal protein deposits (amyloid fibrils) found in people with type 2 diabetes.
Coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
j) Cures Liver Cancer: Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary scleroses cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.
In addition, coffee consumption can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%, according to a study at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, California, USA.