A cup full of protection

Not long ago, caffeine was often in news for its negative effects on health and received bad publicity. But in recent days, scientists have revealed some interesting and positive aspects of caffeine. The latest addition to the list of coffees health benefits are its contribution for effective functioning of the brain and liver.

Germanys Green Cross, a health organization, in their brochure revealed the latest conclusions of coffee on health, which states that coffee enhances digestion, while also protecting people from age-related diabetes, Alzheimers disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

Coffee has several positive influences on human health and well-being. Latest studies reveal that, people, who drank four to five cups of coffee a day, are at 80 percent lesser risk of developing liver cirrhosis than non-coffee drinkers. It has also been found that caffeine plays a vital role in improving the ability to concentrate.

The presence of Chlorogene acid and other health promoting ingredients in coffee, with their high anti-oxidant effects can cut the risk of Alzheimers disease by half. According to scientists in the US, drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could even reverse problems associated with memory loss.

Caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, thereby keeping us alert. It also promotes release of another brain chemical dopamine (and adrenaline) which contributes to a feeling of well being.

There have been several studies indicating an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and cirrhosis. One Norwegian study, revealed after a 17-year follow-up, that among 5,130 adults who were screened for cardiovascular diseases, incidence of cirrhosis were less among coffee drinkers, which implies that the influence of coffee on liver is more than just a biochemical phenomenon, and that it is protective. The presence of phytonutrients (a range of plant chemicals) in coffee protects from onset of from liver cirrhosis.