6 Health Benefits of Coffee
That morning cup of Joe that you go for may help to perk you up and give you some energy for the day, but what you may not know is that you are also going to be counting on some clear health benefits from that steaming cup of coffee. This is a drink which is consumed the world over in gargantuan amounts and thankfully it is one of those little pleasures in life which you don’t need to feel guilty about. Here are just some of the benefits which we know that coffee can provide for your health.
Increased Physical Performance
Not only does the caffeine in coffee give you an energy boost, you can also count on increased workout results if you drink a cup an hour before your workout. Studies have shown that the caffeine pumps up adrenaline levels in your blood and that can help to boost your performance by an estimated 11%.
Thanks the magnesium and potassium in coffee, which the body uses to make insulin that regulates blood sugar levels, a couple of cups of coffee each day can contribute towards your overall weight loss. Naturally you can’t rely on just drinking coffee in order to lose weight but it can certainly support you in doing so.
Lower Risk of Death
Believe it or not, drinking coffee can actually lower your risk of death. Recent studies have shown that those who regularly drink coffee have, on average, a 25% reduction in chances of dying. This is thanks to the lowered risk of stroke, cancer and Parkinson’s disease which we have seen in those who drink coffee.
Protection For The Body
Coffee is packed with these little ninjas that they call antioxidants and these are absolutely great for our immune system. Antioxidants help to clean the body and they are also excellent at protection the body against free radicals.
It is not only your physical health that coffee can help with but also your mental wellbeing. Caffeine both stimulates the central nervous system and boosts your body’s production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine which are all excellent in helping to boost your mood. Studies have shown that just 2 cups of coffee per day can help to lower the risk of depression and can prevent the risk of suicide by 50%.
That little buzz you get after coffee, as the caffeine kicks in, is what enables us to maintain maximum focus and mental sharpness during the day. Moderate caffeine intake can ensure that you stay mentally agile, organized and concentrated during your day and many rely on this in order to maintain their mental sharpness. This of course can greatly help in both our private and your workalikes.
There is indeed much more going on when we drink a cup of coffee than simply boosting our energy levels and as you can see, your health also gets a boost when you enjoy drinking coffee during the day.
Gareth Willmot is a serial weird festival collector, coffee snob and a neurotic last-minute traveller who is passionate about marketing, ultramarathons and yoga.