Why Coffee is actually good for you

The health benefits of drinking coffee

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly roasted and ground coffee! If you’re a coffee drinker, then that heady aroma will have you reaching for your cup quicker than you can say “latte”.  Aside from the taste (and it’s ability to give you a welcome kick start in the morning) there are several hidden benefits to coffee – and not just in using it as a body scrub!

One of the most obvious benefits of coffee and the reason a great deal of people rely on it is for the caffeine. Caffeine is the active ingredient in coffee and a known stimulant. So if you’re tired, caffeine can certainly wake you up and help you function better.

The caffeine in coffee provides more than just a jolt to your nervous system. Caffeine has also been shown to improve brain function by increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin. This can also assists in boosting your mood and reducing levels of depression – which overall is linked to reduced levels of suicide.

It’ no coincidence that caffeine is a key component in many commercial fat burning supplements. It’s ability to boost the nervous system, raise metabolisms and increase the oxidation of fatty acids means coffee drinkers benefit from the increased physical performance.

Studies have also shown that the caffeine in coffee helps to lower both the risk of Parkinsons as well as reducing the effects or symptoms. Higher blood levels of caffeine can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The antioxidants in coffee are also believed to prevent some damage to brain cells .

So it’s not just the caffeine that can benefit coffee drinkers. People who drink coffee are also less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who don’t drink coffee according to some studies.  The antioxidants in coffee are believed to help lower blood sugar.

Drinking coffee has also shown to be good for your liver, helping to prevent fatty liver disease as well as protecting against the affects of excessive alcohol.

Researchers have also found that coffee drinks have less risk of heart disease, reduce risk of colorectal cancer and a lower risk of multiple schlerosis.

It all sounds pretty good doesn’t it?! The key of course is moderation – drinking excessive amounts could lead to negative effects of equal consequence. And for those with certain health conditions like heart disease or pregnancy should stick to decaf.  However we’re firm believers in enjoying couple of cups a day.

 

October 14, 2016
Health and wellbeing
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