Top 10 Caffeine Health Benefits
Caffeine is the most widely used substance on the planet. Are there health benefits from caffeine or is most of the world just poisoning themselves?
We’ve dug through our archives and put together a list of some of the possible caffeine health benefits according to different studies that have been conducted over the years.
10+ Caffeine Health Benefits
- In Japan researchers have shown that caffeine increases memory.
- Caffeine mixed with carbs replenishes muscle glycogen concentrations faster after exercise.
- Caffeine detoxes the liver and cleanses the colon when taken as a caffeine enema.
- Caffeine is better than sleep when you need to be alert while driving.
- Caffeine can stimulate hair growth on balding men and women.
- Caffeine relieves post work-out muscle pain by up to 48%.
- Caffeine helps ward off Alzheimer’s.
- Caffeine can ease depression by increasing dopamine in the brain.
- Caffeine increases stamina during exercise.
- Caffeine protects against eyelid spasm.
- Caffeine may protect against Cataracts.
There can be negative health consequences from consuming too much caffeine, so don’t go too crazy. Also some of the benefits of caffeine have only been researched within the context of caffeinated coffee.
Here are some further health benefits when the caffeine is consumed via coffee. It is also interesting that these benefits didn’t carry over to those that drank decaffeinated coffee.
Caffeinated Coffee Heath Benefits
- Caffeinated coffee cuts mouth and throat cancer risk by 50%.
- Coffee can reduce risk of stroke as much as 22%.
- Shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
- Heart rhythm disturbance hospitalizations decrease with coffee drinkers.
- Coffee decreases risk of type 2 diabetes.
While this list might seem like a green light for caffeine consumption, it does come with a few caveats. In most cases the caffeine health benefits were realized by those who consumed moderate coffee/caffeine amounts. Also in some of the studies above, the caffeine was concentrated and applied directly to the body area being researched, i.e. cataracts and baldness etc.. Therefore, dietary caffeine would not produce the same results.
We can conclude that caffeine consumed via natural sources is probably the best since many of the health benefits of caffeine are probably largely due to the high antioxidant levels found in regular coffee and tea.