Good news, coffee lovers! Science proves coffee loves you back! Researchers have found many benefits from drinking coffee that can boost your health and might actually help you live longer. Here are 8 reasons why coffee is good for you:
- Coffee improves energy levels and some aspects of brain function. Caffeine blocks the function of adenosine (a brain hormone that regulates your cycles of sleeping and waking), which leads to its stimulant effect.
- Coffee helps burn fat and boosts your exercise performance. Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement, it is one of the very few natural substances that is proven to accelerate fat loss and boost the metabolic rate (by 3-10% more). Caffeine is also a performance and endurance enhancer - it helps fight fatigue, strengthens muscle contraction, decreases the sensation of muscle pain, reduces muscle soreness and also helps your muscles recover faster post-workout.
- Coffee could decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. A report concluded that drinking up to four cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of diabetes by a quarter, as coffee aids metabolism and inhibits sugar absorption.
- Coffee loves your liver. Research found that drinking both regular and decaffeinated coffee lowered levels of the abnormal liver enzymes that are a sign of damaged liver cells.
- Coffee could ward off some types of cancer. Studies have shown ties between coffee and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, rectal and prostate cancers. Research has also found that those who drank three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day, had a lower risk the world’s most common cancer, basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
- Coffee could help protect your brain. There is promising research showing that coffee helps prevent developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Coffee is full of natural powerful antioxidants. Scientists have identified approximately 1000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, with hundreds more developing during the roasting process. In fact, studies show people absorb more of the antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.
- Coffee can help fight off depression. A Harvard study found that those who drank two to four cups of coffee had a 20% lower risk of developing depression, and over 50% were less likely to commit suicide. Researchers believe that coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
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