Our Favorite Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. With more than 400 Billion cups consumed each year, it seems like just about everyone you know is waking up to a hot cup of Java every morning. But all these cups of Coffee being drunk make us wonder, are there any health benefits to drinking coffee? If so, what are those health benefits?
Coffee Gives You More Energy
This one should come as no surprise that thanks to caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, coffee is a great way to get your overall energy levels up. This has also been associated with increased physical performance thanks to the adrenaline (fight or flight) response to drinking coffee. Coffee blocks receptors of a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which results in increased levels of other neurotransmitters like dopamine. Having a cup of Coffee about an hour before a workout can improve your performance by 10-12%.
Coffee Brightens Your Mood
You know what we're talking about! Coffee has been shown to improve overall mood, this is because coffee stimulates central system neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline. All of these together work to improve your mood. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, coffee drinkers have half the risk of suicide than non coffee drinkers.
Coffee Could Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Research suggests that drinking coffee every day decreases your risk of Type 2 Diabetes over long periods of time. According to the shared findings of many studies, for each cup of coffee you drink a day, your risk of Type 2 Diabetes goes down by 6%. One theory for this is that coffee helps retain the function of beta cells in your pancreas, which produce insulin and regulate your blood levels.
Coffee May Help Weight Management
Research shows that coffee helps support gut health and alters fat storage. Research also indicates that coffee may boost metabolic rate and burn fat. All of these indicate that coffee may be a helpful tool in combating obesity. A review of 10 studies indicated that coffee consumption could be associated with decreased body fat in men. It has also been shown to help people meet their physical activity goals, which results in weight management.
Coffee Protects Your Brain
Several studies have linked coffee to a lower risk of certain neurodegenerative disorders like Altzheimers and Parkinsons. Even more interesting, perhaps, is the fact that coffee has been shown to slow down the progress of Parkingsons over time. It has also been shown to lower the risk of dementia and cognitive decline over time.
Antioxidants Take Care of You!
On average, a cup of instant coffee contains only about 7 calories, but it contains magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B3 as well as our favorite, antioxidants. Coffee is one the biggest sources of antioxidants in the common diet, and according to one study , the preparation of Instant coffee results in higher levels of Antioxidants than that of Coffee from a whole bean.1936 coffees have more antioxidants than other instant coffees.Yes, that's a lot of healthy antioxidants.A regular intake of antioxidants may reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals in our body cells that we may be exposed to by any number of activities in everyday life that produce oxidative stress, such as environmental pollution, excessive exercise, smoking, and exposure to chemicals.