Coffee – Is it Good or Bad for us?

Coffee is something the vast majority of drink. It is not surprising that after water, coffee is the most popular drink in the world. Over 400 BILLION cups of coffee are consumed each year. In fact, I have my morning espresso helping write this blog.

In Britain alone, over one billion pounds was spent on coffee, on average we Brits drink 2 cups of coffee per day. I know this is certainly true for me with my morning espresso and my afternoon latté.

There is an art to coffee with so many different types one can choose to create from an americanos and cappuccinos to affogatos and iced lattés. The coffee aficionados among us will also tell us there is beauty in the beans whether it’s Arabica or Liberica, etc.

All this coffee is being drunk, studied, created but just how good or bad is coffee for us? Lets find out!

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The Good Stuff :

  • Antioxidant Dynamo – Coffee’s main rival tea usually gets a lot of love for the anti oxidants it provides however coffee is no slouch in this department. It’s filled with anti oxidants which also help reduce inflammation. Coffee has plenty of hydro cinnamic acids and polyphenols that can help play a part in reducing chances for cancer/ heart disease.
  • Energy Burst – Coffee is well known to give us the energy we need as well improving our physical performance. We have all had those mornings where we are walking zombies until we have had our first cup of coffee and then all of a sudden we feel on top of the world! The boost in caffeine stimulates our nervous systems. This is done by raising our adrenaline levels and releasing fatty acids that we can use for energy. Great for the mornings or before a workout!
  • Decrease Chances of Health Conditions – Various studies have shown a positive of drinking 1 -2 cups of coffee per day can help reducing the chances of numerous diseases compared to non-coffee drinkers.
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The Bad Stuff :

  • Sleep Trouble – Too much coffee consumption can really have a part to play on our sleep. Even though it may seem like caffeine doesn’t impact us because we can fall asleep, the quality of the actual sleep could be affected. Drinking 1-2 cups of coffee should not impact the sleep, however 3 or more cups per day can.
  • Anxiety and Jitteriness – Taking in too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness and anxiety. We are all different so 2 cups of coffee for somebody could be the perfect amount, however for another it could be way too much. If you are sensitive to caffeine it Is best to avoid it as much as you can.
  • Withdrawal – Caffeine can be addictive to some. When people who have been using to consuming caffeine stop consuming it they can get withdrawal symptoms. These can include headaches, exhaustion, irritability, etc.
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Coffee Is often given a bad rep when it comes to health and wellness. Successful people in all walks of life drink coffee. Successful authors, personal trainers, business owners, music artists, etc.

Even successful athletes drink coffee! Italian footballers love an espresso before they start their days or before training. Most notably, the elite 5 time all star Jimmy Butler the basketballer has become a coffee aficionado. Whilst leading the Miami Heat to an NBA Championship finals in the bubble, Jimmy Butler had started making his own coffee which became so popular he started selling to other athletes within the bubble! He believes coffee is so beneficial for him he developed a passion for it which has led to the creation of his coffee brand – BIG FACE COFFEE.

Coffee like most things in life is great in moderation. According to various studies, coffee can have crucial health benefits for the average person. Going off the scientific evidence, coffee is very healthy for most people.

That said it is important to say there are the negatives aspect also. We would recommend to limit how much sugar is added to the coffee to get the maximum health benefits whilst drinking 1-2 cups of coffee per day.

Our summary is if you enjoy coffee carry on drinking it! If you do not like coffee that is also fine and you can go without.

The Power of the B Complex

Our Vitz Burst supplement (launching in May!!) is jam packed with a Vitamin B Complex as well natural green coffee bean extracts.

In this week’s Thursday blog we will be talking about why a vitamin b complex supplement is so amazing.

Firstly, we need to know what vitamins are in the B Complex :

  • Vitamin B1 : Thiamine
  • Vitamin B2 : Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B3 : Niacin
  • Vitamin B5 : Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 : Pyridoxine
  • Vitamin B7 : Biotin
  • Vitamin B9 : Folate
  • Vitamin B12 : Cyanocobalamin
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These are the 8 different vitamins that belong to the B vitamin family. You may be wondering what happened to B4, B8, B10 and B11 ?! It had actually later been discovered that these substances do not have the character of vitamins which is why the numbering of the vitamins are not continuous.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 is commonly known as either the “mood vitamin” or the “morale vitamin”. Studies have shown those with a higher thiamine intake are less likely to suffer from anxiety/depression – hence its reputation as a mood booster. It also contributes to lowering blood pressure and increased energy levels

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2 is commonly known as the “immune booster” By forming antibodies it helps to strengthen our immune systems. Another great positive of riboflavin is the effect it has on the liver, as it detoxifies the liver.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3 is key for supporting our digestive system and for maintenance of our long term gut health.  Also, vitamin B3 is great for maintaining our healthy skin and nervous system.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate)

Vitamin B5 is mostly known as the “energy boosting” vitamin. Vitamin B5 is great for fatigue reduction especially! In our bodies, it is so important for conversion of choline into acetylcholine. Acetylcholine,  a chemical messenger, which carries electrical impulses between our nerves and muscles, allowing our bodies to function efficiently.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 is commonly known as “the growth vitamin”. In protein metabolism, vitamin B6 is particularly important during growth. Vitamin B6 is necessary for our heart, brain and liver to function properly. This vitamin also helps regulate our sleep cycle by affecting the production of melatonin and serotonin in the brain. This is amazing as it gives us an extra bounce on our step.

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Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

This is the magic vitamin for hair, skin and nails! Biotin plays an important role in the metabolism of fatty acids.  This is essential for healthy skin, hair, nerves as well as other bodily functions.

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Folic acid is great especially for women during pregnancy as they have an increased need for folic acid during this time.

Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

Vitamin B12 is commonly used as to boost energy levels. As well as this, it is also known as a “feel-good” vitamin as it also positively affects dopamine and serotonin.  

All of these vitamins work in perfect synergy with each other which is why the B Vitamin complex is so fantastic. When they’re all working together, they can support our immune system, mood, skin, energy and sleep levels. Just makes us feel better mentally and physically!