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Health Benefits of Coffee

Posted by Sophie Parker on

It's safe to say coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages, with billions of cups drunk daily, worldwide. 

Aside from providing a wonderful caffeine hit, coffee has high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, making it quite healthy. 

Check out the top health benefits of coffee:

Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels, thanks to a stimulant called caffeine - the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

When we drink coffee, caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and from there it travels to the brain. 

Many human studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function - including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.

Can Help You Burn Fat

Coffee is one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning, which is why it is found in the majority of fat-burning supplements. 

Studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3-11% and can increase fat burning by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. 

Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance 

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, signalling fat cells to break down body fat, it also increases adrenaline levels in your blood.

Adrenaline, is the fight-or-flight hormone, which prepares your body for intense physical exertion. 

Given these effects caffeine has on the body, it's not surprising that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11-12%. 

Contains Essential Nutrients

There are many nutrients in coffee beans that make their way to your delicious cup of brewed coffee. 

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.

Whilst this may not seem like huge amounts, this adds with people having several cups of coffee per day.

May Help You Live Longer

Many observational studies indicate that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. 

In two large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% reduced risk of death in men and a 26% decreased risk of death in woman, from the ages of 18-24 years. 

This was particularly the case in people with type 2 diabetes. From a 20-year study, individuals with diabetes who drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death. 

So, don't hesitate to pour yourself a cup of coffee and start reaping those health benefits! 

Information provided by Heathline. View their full article here.

 


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