A perfect start paves the way for a perfect day. And what’s that one thing that is essential to make a perfect start for your day? A hot cup coffee would suffice.
Coffee is the world’s second most valuable commodity after oil, and there’s a reason behind this. Millions of people round the globe relish this drink due to many factors that make it one of the healthiest drinks. The various nutrients in a cup of coffee are definitely eye catching so let’s list them out….
15 Health benefits of coffee
One of the most beneficial substances found in coffee is Caffeine. It is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It has been established that caffeine effectively increases energy levels. Caffeine from coffee gets absorbed into the blood stream and on reaching the brain has a blocking effect on an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Due to this there is a marked increase in the levels of other neurotransmitters like Norepinephrine and Dopamine.
These trigger more firing of the neurons in the nervous system. Due to this enhanced functioning of the neuron system the person starts feeling less tired and there is an overall enhancement in the brain function and mood. This is probably the most widely appraised benefits of consumption of coffee.
- Burning of Additional Fat (3)
Caffeine is one of the few substances that have been scientifically proven to burn down additional fat in the body. Caffeine enhances the Rest Metabolic Rate of the body by 3-11% thus increasing the mobilization of stored fats. Caffeine shows an increase in the burning of fat by 10% in obese and 29% in lean people.
Thus it is very effective in reducing the body weight and keeping you fit. However, the effects get reduced over long term consumption of coffee as the body becomes tolerant to the effects of caffeine.
Caffeine triggers the release of more amounts of epinephrine (adrenaline) into the body that is considered to be the gas pedal for physical performance. This hormone stimulates the fat cells that breaks down the fat cells and releases them into the blood stream as fatty acids that act as fuel for the body thus increasing the physical performance by 11-12%.
- Essential Nutrients
Other than caffeine, coffee contains various other nutrients that are considered essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A cup of coffee is enriched with Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Manganese and Niacin.
A single cup of coffee contains (21):
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
The total content of these nutrients may seem insignificant in a single cup; however, by increasing the consumption the total intake increases considerably. Regular intake of these nutrients over a prolonged period drastically improves the health.
- Decreases risk of Type II Diabetes (6)
The increase of metabolic rate due to the effects of coffee reduces the blood sugar levels in the body. This drastically reduces the chances of Type-II Diabetes that currently affects millions of people round the globe.
The effects of caffeine significantly increase the brain functions, thus considerably reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This neurodegenerative disease has affected many people worldwide resulting in dementia.
The effects of caffeine include the enhancement of the production of the hormone Dopamine. This reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease that is mainly caused due to the death of dopamine generating neurons. Studies reveal a drastic reduction the chances of Parkinson’s disease in coffee drinkers by 30-60%.
The liver is considered one of the most important organs in the human body because of its filtering and detoxing capability. However, today many people suffer from liver diseases like Hepatitis and Fatty Liver. These diseases are primarily caused by the scar tissues developing on the liver, the condition known as Cirrhosis. Consumption of coffee drastically reduces the risk of cirrhosis by almost 80%.
- Reduces Depression (14)
Consumption of coffee enhances the firing of neurons by the natural increase in the levels of dopamine and epinephrine. This proves to be very effective in the reduction of depression and making you feel happier. Clinical depression has been one of the most widespread mental disorders in the world today. Coffee consumption reduces the risk of this kind of depression.
- Large Source of Antioxidants (15)
In addition to caffeine and other essential nutrients available in coffee, a very vital benefit of coffee is the abundance of anti-oxidants. You can get more anti-oxidants from coffee than from various fruits and vegetables. The importance of anti-oxidants need can never be over emphasized. The maintenance of a healthy and youthful body can only be possible with abundant intake of anti-oxidants.
- Lowers the risk of Cancer (16)
The levels of anti-oxidants in coffee have a very significant effect in preventing cancer, especially liver and colorectal types. The prevention of cirrhosis in liver is one of prime factors in preventing liver cancer. The consumption of coffee reduces the risk of cancer by 40%.
- Reduces Heart Diseases and Risk of Stroke (17)
The increase in the metabolic rate of the body also enhances the blood flow and thus effective in maintaining a healthy heart. The increased blood flow reduces the formation of clots and thus drastically reduces the chances of strokes.
- Pain Reduction (18)
The consumption of coffee increases the levels of adrenaline into the body. This reduces the overall pain threshold of the body. Studies have revealed that coffee drinkers have a pain intensity level of 41 which is much lower than non-drinkers whose level was found close to 56.
- Retention of Youth
The high levels of anti-oxidants in coffee are very useful in maintaining the youthful look of the body especially through health of the skin. The youthfulness of the body gets rejuvenated by the effects of the antioxidants found in coffee.
- Helps you live longer (19)
The various nutrients, psychoactive substances and anti-oxidants found in abundance in coffee helps in prevention of various kinds of diseases and also maintaining the body in a very healthy and disease free state. This considerably increases the lifespan of the people who drink average amount of coffee each day.
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