To Drink or Not to Drink: Is Coffee Good or Bad?

Let’s face it – we’ve come a long way since home-brewed filter kaapi and the occasional cappuccino. Some of us are still very need-based about the morning elixir while some perform complex rituals before they can even take a sip. Just the right amount of coffee can elevate your mood, bring your mind into sharp focus and bolster your productivity, while too much of it can make you jumpy and jittery.

Now, how much is excess? FDA states that about 400 mg or 4-5 cups daily is deemed safe. However, one must keep in mind that a rich coffee isn’t the only source of caffeine. You are bound to consume soft drinks, energy drinks, green or black tea apart from the regular dose of your favourite coffee that contributes to your daily ingestion of caffeine.

What's In Your Cuppa?

Caffeine is just one of the many compounds found in coffee. It directly works on our nervous system and keeps us alert and awake by binding to adenosine in our blood and adjusting the sleep-wake balance. The flip side of this neuro-stimulant is that, in excess, it also triggers adrenaline and initiates the ‘fight-or-flight’ mode which is what makes us anxious and shaky.

Polyphenols, a known superfood, is abundant in coffee. It actually helps lower the blood pressure and increase the blood flow to the heart. There is also evidence that it helps prevent stroke and dementia. However, sensitive groups such as pregnant women and young adults must remain under caution before coffee can be declared as the ultimate ruler of beverages.

The Flipside

Any coffee enthusiast, ourselves included, will tell you despite the many amazing things about coffee, there is one major downside: the caffeine crash. Right on the heels of a caffeine rush and the resulting burst of energy and focus, is the crash. A caffeine crash often manifests in the form of sluggishness, anxiety, jitters and an inability to focus. To get over this, you consume more caffeine, and are invariably destined for another crash. See where we're headed with this?

Nature, however, caters to all. Polyphenols are found in many herbs and berries that can be safely consumed by all categories of people. Besides, who wouldn't want to leave that caffeine crash at the door? That's how All Day Energy’ came into being. It contains mindfully chosen ingredients that include polyphenols, which keeps you fuelled throughout the day without the risk of dependency or the dreaded drop in energy levels. The mix contains:

Banana: Rich energy fuel that helps you stay full for longer. 

Schisandra berry: Adaptogen that reduces stress and increases physical performance and endurance. 

Ashwagandha: Also a potent adaptogen that reduces stress and helps fight fatigue.

Ginseng Root: A regular prescription in ancient Korean and Chinese medicine that helps increase concentration boosts energy levels and stamina.

Rhodiola root: A versatile adaptogen that is a natural anti-inflammatory and that which has proven positive effects on mental health.

Shilajit: A popular anti-oxidant is also a revitalizer that improves cognitive function.

While coffee is still a ‘go-to’ for some of us, we realise that keeping an eye on our consumption is important. If the intent is to improve focus and keep a sustained level of energy all through the day, how many cups you drink is a crucial consideration!

There are other ways to refresh your body and mind. You could either switch to something like All Day Energy, or if you still need coffee in your life, try different roasts to reduce the caffeine content to help you face your day and keep your body in balance as well.

In the end, there’s no such thing as bad food. Coffee isn’t a villain per se. But how much we consume and our overt dependence on it is surely something to ponder upon! What do you think?

References:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0053814

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27651247/

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much



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