Coffee … It’s Actually Good For You?! (Part I)

Coffee can soothe, increase blood flow in the brain, inhibit cancer, control active oxygen and improve liver function. As more and more research is done, science is proving that coffee has many benefits. We drink it without a second thought, but coffee is quite a remarkable beverage.

For many people, a cup of coffee brings a sense of relaxation or relief from fatigue. This is because the caffeine in coffee produces both a soothing and stimulating effect. One feels relaxed because of its soothing, tranquilizing qualities and refreshed because of its stimulant qualities.

Coffee is also a potent diuretic.

In recent years, the aromatic components of coffee are believed to provide positive effects on the human body. The aromatic component is a compound called pyrazine, the same compound that produces the burnt smell when you char fish or Irish potatoes. There is abundant research showing that pyrazine improves blood circulation.

Experiments conducted at the Kyorin University School of Medicine have revealed that the aroma of coffee improves both blood flow in the brain and brain function. Comparison of blood flow in the left and right brain hemispheres immediately after smelling coffee revealed an increase in blood flow in an area of the right brain responsible for controlling pleasure. Furthermore, the aroma was found to induce a large variation in brain waves, proving that coffee also has an effect on the cerebral nerves.

Interestingly, the aroma of coffee affects men and women differently. Coffee aroma caused a 9.2 microvolt brain wave variance in males but a 13.0 microvolt variance in females — a difference of 3.8 microvolts between the sexes. While the reason for the difference between men and women is still unknown, it is clear that coffee does affect the right brain, where emotions are controlled.

To be continued.

(Translated by Roy Mashima)

(The information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult your physician before attempting any new program. Readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of developing serious medical conditions.)


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