In the midst of today’s busy life, every person has his or her own way of dealing with stress while staying concentrated and active with their work schedules. For many, a thing as trivial as a cup of coffee may make the biggest difference.
Coffee is one of the most popularly consumed beverages around the world. In fact, there are many people who claim that they cannot function without having their morning coffee. In comparison with other drinks, having coffee is a much healthier alternative.
Studies on the effects of coffee have shown that it may come with a number of health benefits for the consumers. Not only will a hot cup of freshly-made coffee help a person wake up and become more vigilant but it may also help with maintaining weight and fitness.
Having plain coffee can boost metabolism and help with better digestion. This is why many of the diets allow having a cup of plain coffee even when trying to lose weight. Now, a new study shows how the advantages of coffee can further help in managing obesity.
Obesity among the biggest health conditions in the world at the moment. It has also been tied to other harmful issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, research on it is fairly important for medical science right now.
The main focus of the study was on the effects of coffee on the ‘good’ or ‘brown’ fats in the body and how they may lead to weight loss. The findings of the study are published in the study Scientific Reports.
How Was the Study Conducted?
Previously, research has shown that caffeine does cause weight loss but the new study’s aim was to observe whether drinking coffee can affect protein 1 or UCP1. The protein is present in the mitochondria of the good adipose fat tissues.
These proteins are primarily responsible for the metabolism of energy by the brown fat tissues. Some of the studies have already suggested how turning bad fats into good fats may help with the management of obesity in individuals.
While some ways to do so have already been forwarded, none of them have taken the impact of caffeine into consideration, specifically on the metabolism of good fat tissues as done in the recent research.
In order to look at caffeine’s effect on UCP1, the researchers conducted in vitro and in vivo experiments. The team started off with taking fat-storing cells, also known as adipocytes from stem cells. Then, they were exposed to coffee.
What Were the Results?
After the exposure to coffee, the researchers noticed that the UCP1 levels in the cell increased which in turn caused a higher cell metabolism.
According to the team, this was because of structural changes in the lipid droplets and mitochondria which resembled that of brown fat cells.
For confirmation of these findings, the researchers then moved to observe the effects of caffeine intake on the brown fat in humans. They also compared the effects of drinking a cup of coffee and a glass of water on brown fats.
Consequently, it was seen that coffee raised the temperature of brown fats which is a sign of higher cell metabolism or thermogenesis. This is a big step in research on obesity and its potential treatment.
However, the team agrees that further research is required before development of any alternative treatment. In-Depth research is also needed to confirm whether it is actually the caffeine in coffee which stimulates such a procedure in brown fat cells.