What Happens To Your Liver And Your Body When You Drink Two Cups Of Coffee Every Day?
Between a cup of coffee and a red bull, is it the red bull that is really giving you wings? Not exactly because the main ingredient in red bull is caffeine. Caffeine is such an ingredient that it is also used in certain headache medication simply because of its cognitive properties that stimulate the brain helping you stay awake, focus and concentrate. The morning cup of coffee is so very important for people around the world without which not many would be able to function. But coffee is simply taken for granted and we never question how good or bad is it. How much should we drink and how much we shouldn’t. So let’s find out.
1The main ingredients in coffee
Caffeine is the main stimulant in coffee. Theobromine the active ingredient in cocoa is also found in coffee and increases metabolism. Theophylline is also a stimulant found both in coffee and cocoa. Chlorogenic acid is an active compound in coffee that decreases the absorption of carbs.
Caffeine is also found in food items
There are a number of food items that contain caffeine like soft drinks, chocolate and tea. But there is nothing that can compare to coffee where caffeine is concerned. Coffee remains on top of the list as the primary source of caffeine.
3Here’s the type of nutrients coffee contains
Did you even once think if there is any nutrition in coffee or not. Many coffee drinkers have been led to believe that by default coffee may be bad but yet they just have to drink it. You’ll be surprised to know that coffee too has its fair share of vitamins and minerals, more than you could ever contemplate. The below mentioned ingredients are contained in one cup of coffee which will give you more antioxidants than fruits and veggies.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): RDA 2% (RDA means recommended dietary allowance)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): RDA 11%
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): RDA 2%
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): RDA 6%
- Folate: RDA 1%
- Manganese: RDA 3%
- Potassium: RDA 3%
- Magnesium: RDA 2%
- Phosphorus: RDA 1%
4Coffee increases metabolism
Coffee has several health benefits. Given the fact that too much of a good thing is bad, drinking in moderation will give you all of its health advantages such as an improved metabolism. The rate at which your body burns calories is your resting metabolic rate. Studies have proved that caffeine increases this rate by 3 to 11%. What is interesting to note is that the increase is mostly related to fat burning in the body. However, the same study also found the effect was less pronounced in obese people.
5Coffee can help you burn fat
As you read above, coffee increases the fat burning process in the body. It is also a nerve stimulant that signals fat cells to start breaking down fat. It first increases the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline) in the blood which then reaches fat tissues to inform them to start breaking down and releasing fat into the blood. However, if you consume more calories by eating, this process may not help you lose fat. Studies found that caffeine increased fat burn by 29% in lean people and just 10% in overweight people. Its effect also decreases with age.
But be warned. Do not think by drinking excess coffee, you may burn more fat by increasing this process. Instead, your body may be overstimulated which is why you may have observed why you feel hyperactive, possibly irritable and a bunch of nerves after consuming too much coffee without activity.