Coffee is one of the most often( if not the most often) consumed beverage in the world. And for a good reason. It tastes great( I like it black) it can be easily modified to become dessert, it blunts the appetite and most importantly it has numerous health benefits.
Not so while ago coffee was public enemy no. 1. It was said to be responsible for cardiovascular disease, gastric ulcers, dehydration, magnesium and calcium deficiency, heck I even heard that it can raise cholesterol. Now coffee is either said to be the best thing in the world or your greatest enemy in terms of drinks.
What are my thoughts on that?
I did my research and I found that drinking one to three cups of coffee is most likely to be beneficial for your health and athletic performance.
Accordingly to studies link below coffee can induce autophagy( which is a good thing) improve insulin sensitivity, slow the progression of sarcopenia, and promote the regeneration of injured muscle.
What else does the one need after a workout?
The big benefit for athletes is that there are many studies proving that coffee/ caffeine boosts your strength and overall sport and mental performance.
Another benefit of coffee is that it blunts the appetite. This is a big one for all you guys who fasts regularly. It not only blunts the appetite but also helps in fat mobilization and as I mentioned earlier can induce autophagy and improve insulin sensitivity. So generally speaking, it is sort of upgrade for your fasting regiment. But remember if you consume coffee and fast then try to consume it only while fasted then you’re gonna be the most sensitive on it and get the most of its benefits.
On the topic of dehydration and deficiency, I found that as long as you keep your consumption of coffee within a healthy range and regular, and have a balanced diet you do not have to worry about dehydration or magnesium/calcium deficiency.
In terms of cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases, studies show that it decreases LDL( bad cholesterol) and thanks to high polyphenols and antioxidants content it also decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
In one book I’ve also read that coffee is one of the sources of magnesium in Asian population but I am a little bit sceptical about it because after all if you drink coffee you are getting rid of a little bit of minerals from your body.
So to sum up coffee is a great thing as long as you know how much is too much.