According to recent research conducted, Coffee can contribute positively to your overall mood, as well as the prevention of diseases such as heart disease and even high blood pressure—oddly enough. While it’s important to always maintain moderation, Senior author Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston notes that different levels of caffeine consumption will respectfully affect different people in different ways.
A study conducted by the Nurses’ Health Study showed that between 160,000 women and 40,000 men that sustained consistent caffeine use (2-6 cups daily) presumably experienced improved health over the course of four years. While this does not guarantee that coffee consumption is necessarily healthy in excessive amounts, it does offer the potential promise that coffee caffeinated or not, can provide a better chemical balance both for your body and mind.
Different people across the world are consuming various amounts of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and in varying patterns. Therefore, it is very difficult to pinpoint, per say, what the direct benefits may or may not be of those whom consume coffee. However, according to the aforementioned longitudinal studies, those that consumed coffee were observed to have a substantially decreased risk of heart failure or mortality during the (4 year) course of this study.
In addition to possibly preventing Diabetes and other neurological diseases, depression and suicide also appeared prevalent in more consistently being averted through the consumption of caffeine (coffee). While there are no guarantees that this is a ‘cure-all’ solution, it does offer a new scientific insight into the effects that caffeine has on the brain.
On the contrary, it’s important to keep in mind that each individual will be genetically and psychologically predisposition to different behaviors or habits. Since caffeine by definition is a drug, as it barely contains any “true” nutritional value, it’s important to keep in mind that it is then also considered a type of stimulant. Taking stimulants while already being predisposition to neurological disorders or depression might very well be a good reason to stray away from coffee. That is, as the stimulating effects that caffeine has on the brain are merely temporary, and most users experience a “crash” after the coffee wears off—often leading or relapsing into depression. This, of course, explains why coffee addiction can so easily arise among those diagnosed with mental illness.
In conclusion, it’s worth noting that there are arguably much greater and more dangerous stimulants available than caffeine—or coffee. Scientists have begun to ponder whether or not caffeine has the ability to “jump-start” the brain out of slights of depression or neurosis. However, it’s also worth noting that using stimulants such as caffeine can also easily negatively impact sleep patterns, trigger insomnia, and in some cases also trigger mania due to the substantial influx of the “high” or energy.
For anyone suffering from mental illnesses, especially depression or forms of mania, it may very well be most ideal to stray away from coffee as unfortunately such a stimulant can negatively and even counteract medications prescribed by a professional to treat such illnesses.
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