Coffee isn’t just our early morning source of energy, but somewhere coffee is an expression of our daily lifestyle. Just imagine a day without coffee – I am sure there have been many but just think about it. It is hard to continue tedious chorus of life without the taste of a tasty coffee touching our tongue.
Somewhere, the reason for it is in the benefits of the coffee, but somewhere the reasons are related to history. Let’s just open our eyes to a few things that make coffee beneficial in today’s life collecting some facts from history.
Cognitive Functions that helped people of Yemen stay awake.
According to various sources, the very first act of taking roasted beans and turning them into the soothing mixture was the first recording in Yemen. This is the place where the Sufi mystics first used the coffee to stay awake at night for long prayers. Almost sixty percent of coffee comes from the plant, coffee Arabica which was first grown in Yemen.
This is probably because coffee contains a high amount of caffeine which then acts as a source of stimulant. This boosts the energy and jolts the people from their perpetual urge of slumber. Numerous studies have expounded the same result that shows that coffee contains a psychoactive substance, which then helps not only physically, but also psychologically.
So as soon as caffeine blends into the bloodstream it hinders the activity of neurotransmitters known as the adenosine. Ultimately, it results in norepinephrine and dopamine to improve action. It becomes an active source for joyful mood, memory and helps everyday activity.
Fighting depression and Beer
Before coffee made its arrival in Europe, beer was the prime source of both: social intellect and depression. A professor in 1551 stated that people took more beer than they even took food. This was not only an act that persisting in the society, but it was also caused idleness, senselessness and depression. This act of depression continued until, Dutch and Italian merchant brought the remedy of their depression; coffee.
It is also because coffee allows one to act with more energy throughout the day. This enhances the mood and also helps people focus more on everyday life activity. Depression is no doubt a critical mental disorder and almost 4% of Americans, can improve their daily life by just a cup of coffee. There are several types of research conducted that suggests that women who take two cups of coffee a day have up to 20% of lower chance of depression.
Moreover, another research disclosed that more than 208,000 who took 4 cups of coffee every day had 53% fewer chances of committing suicide. All in all, coffee helps in stimulating any person’s mind to the fresh side of life.
The Intellectual yet Radical Drink
Despite being popular for making people more energetic, coffee is also notorious for making people intellectual and also somewhat radical. No wonder, it was banned for most of the time in history.
Starting from its ban in Constantinople and Macca in the 1500s and also in 1675 by King Charles 2nd coffee lingered to exist as the most admired drink of people and the most abhorred drink of rules. In fact, in 1777 coffee was so popular in Prussia that the king soon thought it should be banned for personal envy. Soon he also hired anti-coffee police whose sole task was to smell roasted bean smell from any house and capture them for making coffee. However, what makes coffee such an abhorrent drink for the rulers in the first place?
Well, coffee gave a radical power to the people. It urged them to think and make political discussions. Ultimately, café’s became a popular place for radical discussions. No wonder that on July 12, 1789, Camille Desmoulins delivered a passionate speech on the café table to convicted people to storm the Bastile, one of the major activities in the French Revolution. Or in British North America: Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson used café as headquarter for the American Revolution. What makes coffee such an elixir of intelligence and intellect?
What happens in a human or any revolutionary brain is that Caffeine and adenosine contain the same molecular structure. Therefore, when caffeine enters a brain it battles with adenosine and quandary adenosine to the neurological receptors of the brain. It doesn’t enlighten the brain as the adenosine does, however, it has the power to slow down prevents adenosine that ultimately shows you down. All in all, it makes you feel alert by releasing various neurotransmitters such as dopamine noradrenaline, and serotonin. This improves the activity in the brain and it leads to another improvement in the brain function of mood, reaction time, vigilance, attention, learning and general mental function.
There is no wonder that the following is said about coffee:
"Wherever it has been introduced it has spelled revolution. It has been the world’s most radical drink in that its function has always been to make people think. And when people began to think, they became dangerous to tyrants.”
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