7 Ways Coffee Can Improve Your Health for Seniors
Some Surprising Areas Of Impact
Eating right and exercising properly are both important ways of ensuring your body and mind are in a position of fullest flourish. But as you age there are other things you can do to help yourself advance in terms of health. Certain supplements and minerals can be integral in this process.
Coffee is one natural substance that can assist your body in functioning at its peak potential. Following is a list of seven notable positive side-effects that accompany coffee drinking.
- Coffee Helps Reduce Liver Cancer Likelihood
There is evidence to suggest coffee can reduce liver cancer risks. Now, this certainly doesn’t mean being an alcoholic and supplementing with coffee is going to leave you in a healthy place after several decades. It does indicate that coffee could be important in helping you maintain your liver, though.
Coffee is a natural diuretic, and it has antioxidant properties. These are often very good for your metabolism—though how good they are may differ per individual.
- Dementia Is Deferred In Advanced Age
Specifically, caffeine is seen to be the key preventative agent in dementia reduction. What the studies found is that those who drink between three and five cups of coffee on a daily basis during their middle years are apt to find a 65% decrease in their risk for advanced-age dementia.
- Memory Is Heightened
In seniors, there is research to suggest that caffeine ingested through coffee helps heighten memory. However, there are some conflicting studies out there, so you want to look into how coffee affects you personally in this regard. In the earlier point, three to five cups of coffee were mentioned because personal constitutions will differ.
There will be outliers. Some people won’t get the same benefit out of one cup of coffee as others. All other things being equal, seven-foot-tall Shaqille O’neal will likely be less affected by the same-sized cup of coffee as Danny DeVito will be.
- Depression Diminution
Coffee can actually reduce depression. The studies say that each daily cup of coffee reduces your risk of developing depression by a factor of 8%. It seems like a strange thing to quantify, certainly; but it’s easy to understand why. When you’re feeling energetic, and you’re getting things done, this has a positive effect on the mind. Coffee’s caffeine helps you do this in a healthy way.
- Prostate Protection
Coffee drinkers are at a 21% diminished risk for developing prostate cancer. One possibility involves the purification and increased utility involved with the evacuation of processed coffee.
You use your body’s liquid evacuation facilities more often because coffee increases your metabolic rate, and so they become somewhat more reliable just as working out builds muscle. At least, that’s one perspective. There is compelling evidence that coffee has a positive impact on most of the organs involved in your urinary system; kidneys, bladder, etc.
- Endurance Increase
There is research that suggests the consumption of coffee during exercise makes it possible for those in the gym to have more effective workouts that transcend previous boundaries. The reason is that a few studies indicate that caffeine reduces the speed at which glycogen (a substance the body uses for energy during a workout) is depleted but this was not confirmed in the recent study. However, beta-endorphin and cortisol release were increased in the caffeinated groups which explain the ‘high’ experienced after exercise and the prolonged exercise endurance.
- Coffee Helps Burn Fat
Coffee properly consumed will increase your metabolism. It’s already been shown that it helps you have increased endurance, and decreased depression. These things combine together to ensure that you’re more engaged in your day-to-day. You’re doing more because you feel better enabled to. As you do more, you burn more fat.
Burning more fat additionally increases your overall physical health. That’s why you have fat—it’s an energy reserve. Today’s society is so exceptional that we often have more reserve than we need.
Unfortunately, it requires energy to transport the fat your body has reserved, meaning the fatter you get, the less inclined you’ll be to have physicality define your day-to-day. Coffee can help fill the gap, allowing you to push past these physical and mental limitations such that you can be your best you.
Making Your Perfect Brew
You need to ensure you make your coffee the right way. Some of the health benefits from coffee will depend on the way in which it is brewed. Cold and hot brewing methods influence the beans in terms of their flavor and level of health.
You’ll have a greater chance of finding the right option for you if you know what to look for. Check out Home Grounds for an in-depth review of coffee bars and which one is right for you.
Once you figure out your best brew, and what levels of intake will most appropriately impact your personal health, you can start strategically exploring the many health benefits coffee has to offer with more discerning eyes. You may be surprised at the differences you see.
- Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..
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