26th June 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
When I’m out and about I love to observe other people, and it gets me thinking. So many meetings, so much coffee drunk. According to the Huffington Post, over half of America’s population drink coffee every day and from what I’ve seen, the UK can’t be far behind!
It can keep you up all night if you drink it too late in the day, but some swear by its existence. You may not know this but there are fantastic health benefits to drinking coffee. I looked into it, but I also wanted to show you how to take care too – it’s all about balance, ladies!
1. Coffee boosts your energy levels
This may come as no surprise but coffee acts as a stimlulant, increasing the activity of neurones in your brain. The way that it does this is by inhibiting one neurotransmitter thereby increasing others, so it increases brain activity, energy and your mood!
2. Coffee burns fat
Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplement on the market because it is one of the very few natural fat-burning substances out there. Studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by up to 10%, but potentially increase the burning of fat depending on your percentage of body fat.
Caveat: The benefits will decrease in long term drinkers so like I say ladies – it’s all about the balance!
3. Coffee improves physical performance
As I said in the first point, the caffeine stimulates the nervous system, but it also ncreases adrenaline levels in the blood – you know that rush you feel when you take your first sip? This is known as the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make your body ready for
Reports suggest that caffeine makes the fat cells break down fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. If this is true, it’s not surprising to see that caffeine can improve physical performance.
4. Coffee contains Essential Nutrients
Coffee is more than just an energy booster. It contains the following nutrients:
Vitamin B2: 11% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 6% of the RDA.
Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
You might think drinking more than one cup would be good for you to boost your nutrients, but here’s where the balance comes in, peeps!
Other sources of vitamin b2: milk, cheese, leaf vegetables, liver, kidneys, legumes, yeast, mushrooms, yeast extract and almonds.
Vitamin B5 is found in almost every food, but is considered essential for our bodies to metabolise proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
5. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a gigantic health problem, currently afflicting about 300 million people worldwide.
For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of getting type II diabetes, a serious disease that currently afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.
6. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia & Parkinsons
Alzheimer’s disease, usually affecting people over the age of 65, is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide. At the moment there is no known cure, but there are actions you can take to help prevent it. Surprise, surprise, eating healthily and exercising regularly are two major points, but drinking coffee may be incredibly effective as well.
In a promising Finnish study, researchers found that drinking three to five cups of coffee daily at midlife was associated with a 65 percent decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in later life.
Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.
7. Coffee can protect against liver & heart disease
Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing cirrhosis, which can be caused by several diseases that affect the liver. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk as drinking coffee lowers levels of liver enzymes thereby decreasing inflammation.
An important antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee, is also thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Drinking two to four cups daily can decrease the risk of heart disease by up to 20%. There is some evidence that coffee may support heart health by protecting against arterial damage caused by inflammation.
8. Coffee Can Fight Depression
Depression is a serious mental disease which affects so many. Caffeine activates neurotransmitters that control our moods including dopamine and serotonin. In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.
9. Coffee can be a primary source of antioxidants
Did you know that coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa? Many studies have cited coffee as a primary dietary source of antioxidants for its subjects. Why are antioxidants so good? Well, they fight inflammation, an underlying condition of arthritis, atherosclerosis and many types of cancer. Antioxidants help keep us healthy at the micro-level by protecting our cells from damage.
So, there you have it! Nine reasons to drink coffee. Like I said, it’s all about balance, so if feel yourself becoming anxious or irritable, please stop drinking so much coffee! It affects everyone differently and we’re all wonderfully unique so take good care of yourselves!
Until next time!