Let’s talk all things Coffee
Coffee is not typically thought of as a healthy drink, but it actually has some surprising side effects, many of which are due to its chemical components and nutrients. Coffee itself comes from the beans which are obtained from its plant. Coffea Arabica is the most commonly used bean, but there are many different varieties depending on the region of the world you are drinking coffee in, or where the beans are imported from.
Coffee represents the top agricultural export for 12 countries of the world, and despite its slightly acidic and addictive nature, it continues to be demanded from Dubai to Melbourne in massive quantities. Historically, it was first recorded as a drink just over 500 years ago, beginning on the Arabian Peninsula, but there is speculation that its use as a stimulating beverage stretches back more than 1,000 years in various ancient and indigenous cultures.
Finland comes first in the consumption stakes, with a hefty 12kg per capita per year
Australia is way down the list consuming only about 3kg per head per year. This doesn’t seem very much, but when you consider that probably no-one under the age of 12 or 13 drinks coffee, and many elderly people only drink tea, it is still quite a lot.
Nutritional Value of Coffee
Coffee beans have important organic compounds and nutrients, including a range of B-family vitamins, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium. Perhaps most importantly, it contains caffeine, which has a wide range of health benefits when consumed in moderation and at right times during the day.
Cognitive Health: It is widely known that coffee helps to sharpen focus and increase attention by stimulating the brain with caffeine. In fact, studies have shown that elderly people who consume it on a regular, moderate basis are 60% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia. Keeping those synapses firing with some caffeine isn’t a bad idea!
Cardiovascular Health: Although too much caffeine can put strain on your cardiovascular system, research has revealed that regular coffee drinkers can actually reduce their risk of having a stroke, and in females, coffee seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. It can often work to clear out the system and keep your cardiovascular system functioning at a high level.
Diabetes Prevention: This is a relatively new benefit learned about coffee, but in recent years, studies have shown that people who regularly consume the drink have a 23–50% lower chance of developing diabetes.
Metabolic Health: One of the most essential roles of B vitamins in our body is to regulate and guide our metabolic activity. The significant levels of niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin mean that coffee helps us maintain balanced hormone levels, and generally keep our body running smoothly.
Liver Protection: Although this is still an area that is being heavily researched, coffee consumption has been linked to liver health, particularly in the prevention of cirrhosis, hepatitis, and fatty liver disease.
Cancer Prevention: Coffee is not traditionally thought of as anti-carcinogenic, but it has been linked specifically to two types of cancer prevention — liver and colorectal cancer, which are the 3rd and 4th deadliest forms of cancer, respectively.
Depression and Mood: The natural effects of coffee are to energize and activate the mind and body. However, it has been connected to anxiety and mood swings if consumed in excess, because the classic caffeine crash can be quite severe as the chemical’s effect runs out.
Different Types of Coffee Drinks
Coffee Essential Oil
Coffee essential oil is extracted from the Coffea Arabica tree using different extraction methods. Its benefits are:
The invigorating aroma of this oil will enhance your mood by working as anti-depressant.
Fights Free Radicals
Coffee essential oil is an excellent source of antioxidant properties that can help fight harmful effects of free radical damage and provide protection against many diseases.
Improves Respiratory Functions
Coffee essential oil can be used as vapour therapy to open up blocked nose, get relief from chest and nasal congestion.
The invigorating aroma of coffee oil will uplift your mind and body and will also increase your appetite.
Prevents Skin Ageing
Coffee bean oil has high concentration of essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and sterols which makes it a potent antioxidant that offers protection against free radical damage, sunburn and DNA degradation.
If you are feeling nauseous for some reason, inhale this essential oil to get rid of this annoying feeling.
Soothes and Relaxes Tense Muscles
Coffee oil can be used as topical analgesic to get relief from aching muscles. Dilute coffee oil and use as a massage aid to relax your tense muscles. You can also use few drops of this essential oil in your bath water to get relief from muscle or joint pain.
Coffee bean essential oil is used in home deodorizing products like diffusers, candles, scents etc. it is also used for invigorating the body.
Heals Insect Bites and Stings
Coffee bean oil can be applied topically to heal insect bites and stings. It brings instant relief from painful bug and insect bites by reducing pain and swelling.
Used In Skin Care Products
Cosmetic industry extensively uses coffee essential oil for flavouring in lipsticks, creams, body lotions, message oils, bath products like soaps and shampoos. Many anti-aging and anti-cellulite creams also contain this oil.