Often having a bad reputation, it's not at all deserved...
Coffee is one of the most popular (and in our opinion, best!) and widely consumed beverages across the entire world; so much so that many depend on their morning brew just to get them functioning for the day! Despite its popularity, it’s generally thought that Coffee is an unhealthy drink with no actual health benefits, and more cons than pros - this however is not entirely true by any means. While it does, like most things we enjoy, come with it’s fair share of cons, coffee comes with more than its fair share of health benefits.
Physical Performance Boost
Coffee can actually provide a boost to your physical performance levels - it’s no wonder they include so much caffeine in pre workout supplements! It can provide up to 12% increase in your performance in physical activities such as a gym workout, playing football or even going for a jog! This is because caffeine actually increases the adrenaline levels in your blood enabling you to utilise more of your body’s latent potential.
Lower Risk Of Suffering From Depression
The Consumption of coffee has actually been linked to providing lower risks of depression. Studies suggest that each cup of coffee consumed per day was linked to an 8% lower risk of depression, another study further reinforces through finding that drinking at least four cups of coffee each day was associated with a significantly lower risk of depression as compared to one cup each day.
Caffeine – The Secret Fat Burner!
And just when you thought coffee couldn’t get any better, coffee actually helps you burn fat and in turn lose weight! The wonderous beverage known as coffee just so happens to contain magnesium and potassium. Both of these help the body utilise insulin and in turn regulate the blood sugar levels, reducing any temptations for unhealthy snacks. Caffeine itself helps fat cells break down body fat and convert it into fuel, this links to our earlier point about boosting performance.
Coffee Against Cancer
This next one is definitely one of the more important health benefits coffee can provide. A study has shown that coffee could actually decrease the risk potential of developing prostate cancer in men by a huge 20% as well as endometrial cancer in women by 25%. The caffeine itself could also help to prevent one of the most common types of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma.
Pickled Liver? Say No More…
Onto the next! Decaf and regular caffeinated coffee have been shown to have a protective effect on your liver! Now all that alcohol liver damage can finally be balanced out and remedied by your daily coffee intakes! Research has proved that people who drink coffee have a higher likelihood of keeping enzyme levels in the ‘healthy range’ deduced by doctors, than those who don’t drink coffee.
Fuel For The Brain!
Coffee may actually support and increase brain functionality. Numerous researches have been conducted finding out and examining the link between drinking coffee and protection against neurodegenerative diseases by the likes of dementia and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease over time.
Coffee – The Beating Heart Of Your Day
As well as improving and supporting brain function, coffee has also been shown to support your hearts health as well! One study actually showed that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day was tied to a 15% reduced risk of heart disease. Another showing a similar daily consumption rate associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke. Of course, though it should be kept in mind that coffee does increase blood pressure levels so those with wayward blood pressure may need to limit their overall intake of caffeine on a daily basis.
Hopefully now you’ve learnt a bit more about the amazing health benefits coffee provides! Keep in mind, as with all things, caffeine should be taken within moderation – grab yourself a decaf if you think you’ve overloaded for the day!
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