To drink or not to drink, coffee. That is the question

For hardcore coffee drinkers, be that you are coffee lover or coffee addict, coffee is the elixir that promises full-awakedness. What’s the not-so-secret ingredient in coffee that drives energy? Caffeine.

Caffeine, as explained in a National Geographic magazine article by T.R. Reid, interferes with adenosine, “a chemical in the body that acts as a natural sleeping pill.” By blocking the effect of adenosine, caffeine keeps us awake.

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Is coffee good or bad for you? (image credit: thepeaceofchaos.com)

But is coffee good for you? Men’s Health advocate not drinking coffee, arguing:

Caffeine is liquid stress, simultaneously boosting adrenaline production and suppressing adenosine, a natural relaxant in your brain.

You see, you need coffee because you did not get enough sleep and you feel tired. But what coffee really is doing is giving you fake energy and masking the true problem — you need rest.

Inadequate sleep + coffee = undetected sleep-deprived society.


Thankfully coffee is not all bad. Yes, too much coffee can be bad for you, but in moderation, caffeine has shown to enhance mood and increase alertness. In fact, a Japanese study found caffeine and chlorogenic acid (a type of plant-based antioxidant) has stress-relaxing benefits. The researchers discovered that coffee interacted with serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that affects emotions, and helped lab rats relax when they were put through stressful conditions.

Now you reach for your cup of coffee and you ask yourself: “To drink or not to drink?”

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2 thoughts on “To drink or not to drink, coffee. That is the question

  1. Out of curiosity, do you drink coffee? I didn’t start until after college. You would like I would have started when all the exams and papers started to take over my life. I love coffee, but only get it plain with almond milk creamer (it’s a pain to find) or just plain black.

    • I am a coffee drinker, my vice being “double shot, extra hot latte.” I know a lot of people are opting for almond milk for health reasons, but I love the resulting flavor when fat meets coffee. Hence, black or with whole/half-and-half

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