We all love our coffee, don’t we? Most of us, however, are aware of the ill effects of drinking coffee due to its caffeine content. While we all look for healthy caffeinated drink options, let’s bust a common myth today. Let’s also look at the good and bad effects of drinking coffee.
Myth buster: Coffee and Aging
Unlike the common myth that coffee makes you age faster, it actually does the opposite. Coffee has a surprising effect on age-related inflammation. Inflammation is an important function of the body’s immune system. It is a response to fighting off infections and removing toxins. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at managing inflammation. It has been seen that the genes of older people who were caffeine drinkers contained lower signs of inflammation. Coffee has thus shown some stunning anti-aging health benefits, from reducing inflammation to decreasing the overall risk of diseases and prolonging life expectancy.
For all those times you have read about how bad caffeine is, here are a few reasons why it is good for you too.
- – Caffeine can help boost short term memory and speed up your reaction and reflex times. Steady, continuous caffeine consumption can also boost overall memory.
- – Moderate caffeine consumption, 300-400 mg a day, is seen to have almost negligible health risks and there is evidence of health benefits instead.
- – Caffeine can also help reduce fatigue.
- – Coffee helps prevent type 2 diabetes. It also reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease and liver diseases.
Caffeine Side Effects
Caffeine is known to boost blood pressure. Although the boost in blood pressure from caffeine is only temporary, it is recommended that patients with blood pressure issues steer clear of caffeine. Repeated elevations in the blood pressure caused by caffeine can increase daily stress. This boosts the risk of heart disease.
Natural Anti-Aging Remedies
Now that you know that coffee can actually slow down the aging process, also take a look at a few other brilliant anti-aging foods.
- Inflammatory foods should be avoided. Reduce sugar intake and other foods that boost inflammation.
- Omega 3 fatty acids are great in combating skin wrinkling and aging. You can find them in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and coconut oil.
- Amino acids can help repair damage caused to the elastin of the skin as we age. Meat, fish, eggs and tofu are a great source of these.
- Leafy green veggies like spinach and kale help keep your skin hydrated and healthy. They also keep your skin firm.