Caffeine has benefits past the obvious ergogenic effects on training. Long term intake of caffeine has shown that, when taken in safe doses, general health is also improved. Caffeine can help ease numerous diseases and illnesses in the body. Regular considered doses of caffeine is often recommended.
Effect of Caffeine on diabetes
Caffeine can help combat diabetes. The primary effect here is caffeine’s role in the control of insulin in the body. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, can be prevented and in some cases, even minimised, using caffeine regularly. If you cannot take caffeine tablets, around 2 cups of coffee a day (200mg of caffeine) will have the same effect.
Effect of Caffeine on Alzheimer’s disease
Caffeine’s effect on mental alertness has been shown to not only prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also possibly reverse the effects over time. Research shows that taking up to 400mg of caffeine had a marked effect on both short and long-term memory recall. Caffeine also improves motor function. Regular intake of caffeine can help with mental focus and clarity, both long and short term.
Caffeine causes an increase in blood flow around the body. Caffeine can therefore strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system. Regular intake of caffeine in normal amounts can actually help prevent heart disease. The heart is a muscle, and the more it is worked out, the stronger it will become. Caffeine helps the heart to build an increased tolerance to high blood pressure.
Effect of Caffeine on a functioning body
It has been suggested that regular caffeine intake can help drop the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by up to 80%. Caffeine also aid in preventing colon cancer, reducing risk by roughly 20%. Regular caffeine intake can cut the risk of developing gallstones by half, as well as reducing the risk of developing cirrhosis (liver disease) by a massive 80%. And all this from only two cups of coffee (roughly 200mg of caffeine) a day!