Benefits of Coffee

We have all heard that coffee is bad for you, but does it have any benefits in moderation? Could it actually help in lowering the risk of several serious diseases?

Coffee is actually packed with antioxidants which are very healthy as well nutrients that are beneficial to your health.

Read below, benefits of coffee which have come about form various studies around the world.

1. Increases Your Metabolism Which Means You Burn Fat

5-ways-to-increase-metabolism-naturally-for-energy-and-weight-loss-2554Increasing your metabolism up to a rate of 10% aids in weight loss and coffee achieves this effect. As a result natural caffeine is found in so many fat burning supplements sold around the world and it is proven to assist the body in burning fat.

Coffee also contains a compound chlorogenic acid which seems is assists in lowering glucose absorption in your body which means that sugar is flushed out of the body and less is turned to fat. This also assists in weight loss.

2. Contains Important Essential Nutrients

nutritentsEnjoying a cup of your favourite coffee also means you are consuming the following nutrients.

  • Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 – 11% of your recommended daily allowance.
  • Pantothenic Acid or Vitamin B5 – 6% of your recommended daily allowance.
  • Manganese and Potassium – 3% of your recommended daily allowance.
  • Magnesium and Niacin or B3 – 2% of your recommended daily allowance.

If you drink 2 cups of coffee per day, the above amounts are doubled.

3. Increases Energy Levels and Improves Memory

benefits-increase-energy-levelImagine if you could improve your short term and long term memory. Would this be useful? Studies have shown that two cups of coffee per day can achieve this.

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels.

How does this work?  After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and eventually travels to your brain.

Here, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, as well other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increase, which means you enhance the firing up of your neurons.

4. Decreased Depression

img_8764Some studies have shown that women who consume two to three cups of  coffee were 15 percent less likely to develop depression. As depression is both common and a serious mental disorder in modern society this can lower its effects of a reduced quality of life.

Coffee has also been linked to significant reduction in the likelihood of suicide.

5. Great Source and Very High in Antioxidants

antioxidanti1The health benefits of anti-oxidants are well known and documented. Anti-oxidants often consumed in fruits and vegetables are highly available in coffee.

It has been documented in studies that coffee contains higher levels of antioxidants than the majority of fruits and vegetables in a western diet.

6. Improves Physical Performance

physed-480Caffeine in coffee has a stimulant effect on your body.  This effect is caused by  increasing Epinephrine or more commonly known as Adrenaline levels in the blood.

Adrenaline is a very useful hormone as it helps us deal with emergencies or high physical episodes. Not surprising that coffee helps increase physical performance especially when more than usual may be required.

Caffeine also makes the fat cells break down body fat, released in the blood as simple  fatty acids which are used by your body.

7. Can Decrease Risk of Type II Diabetes

bigstock-D-Diabetes-Risk-Crossword-28391252Diabetes affects the health of millions and millions of people around the world.  These individuals are unable to secrete insulin and lose control of sugar levels in the blood.

It has been documented that if you have a history of type 2 diabetes in your family, drinking coffee can lower your risk by as much as half. Why does this happen?

Coffee contains what is known as a polypeptide that prevents abnormal protein fibres which are common in diabetes.

8. Can Decrease The Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

iStock_000008303694XSmall-happy_asian_couple_inside_EXPORTAfter Alzheimer’s  Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in humans.  Parkinson’s disease is caused by the loss of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.

It has been documented that drinking up to 3 cups of coffee per day could be lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease by one quarter or 25% to as much as 60%.

9. Can Protect Your Liver

liver_detox_wellbeingcomauThe most common diseases of the liver are hepatitis, cirrhosis and  fatty liver disease. As the liver is an important organ that carries essential functions in the body its health is important.

Cirrhosis can be extremely serious and can result in death. It has been documented that up to four cups per day can lower the risk of cirrhosis significantly and u to 80%.

10. Can Protect You From The Aging Effects Of The Brain

Protect-Brain-1Alzheimer’s disease is the number one neurodegenerative disease around the world which is responsible for dementia in people suffering from this disease.

It is more common in the people that are past their retirement age however it is sometimes observed in younger individuals.

It has been documented that eating healthy and exercising can lower the risk of this disease as well drinking coffee can also help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 65%.

11. Can Decrease Risk of Some Cancers

cancerLiver and colon cancer are among the leading causes of death in cancer patients around the world caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells overtaking normal function of the body.

It has been documented form studies that coffee seems to lower the incidence of these cancers by as much as 40% for liver cancer and 15% for colon cancer.

12. Can Help You Live Longer

57277879_oldSince there has been considerable documented studies showing coffee drinkers have a decreased risk of disease and consequently a decreased risk death, this means that coffee can be helping  you live longer.

13. Can Prevent Gout

couple-running-on-trail-artCoffee is also known for reducing uric acid in the body, this can build up and cause inflammation and significant pain for sufferers. Joints are so painful you can be immobilised. It has been documented that coffee can  prevent gout in middle-aged men.