Coffee is the most controversial and also the most popular drink among the Americans. Some researchers give good reasons to enjoy coffee guilt free and some studies talk about the downsides such as insomnia, indigestion, addiction etc. However, even today, more than 90% of the Americans can’t start their morning without a cup of Joe!!!
But don’t worry. Here is good news for all the coffee lovers over there…!!! According to the Harvard school of public health, coffee has significant health benefits.
Coffee is not just an energizing drink; it is also good for you. For decades, scientists are experimenting with various aspects of coffee and its health benefits and have come out with great results, which can be surprising to all of us.
Here are 10 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the healthiest beverages. Enjoy your morning cup of Coffee guilt free!!!
1. Coffee is a rich source of Nutrients and Antioxidants.
Coffee is not just a black water. There are many nutrients found in coffee beans. The coffee contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals. It is the biggest source of antioxidants.
A cup of coffee contains
- 6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
- 11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
- 2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
- 3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.
But this is not all. Coffee also contains a huge amount of antioxidants.
2. Coffee can help you burn fat and increases metabolism and physical activities.
Caffeine, in the coffee, plays a vital role in the human body. It stimulates the central nervous system which will be helpful in raising the metabolic rate and also helpful to mobilize fatty acids from the fat tissues that enhance the physical performance.
3. Coffee will lower your risk of Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The Symptoms include serious memory loss, confusion and mood changes that grow gradually and worsen with time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of the brain that slowly impairs memory and cognitive function.
Deposition of a protein called “beta-amyloid” causes Alzheimer’s. This protein is present in our brain from the time of birth. With advancing age, the body can not metabolize all of this protein secreted in our own brain. Over the time, all the leftover protein forms plaques. Connectivity between cells is lost and in some advanced cases, brain shrinkage can be seen.
Wonder what makes coffee good for people with Alzheimer’s??. It is the “Caffeine” in the coffee. Caffeine inhibits the production of beta-amyloid. So our body only metabolizes all of the available protein. In simple words, there are no leftover protein, no plaques in the brain and hence less chance of Alzheimer’s.
There are several studies that show that people who consume coffee have up to 65% lower risk of having Alzheimer.
4. Coffee will lower your risk of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder in the world mainly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. The symptoms include muscular rigidity, slow, imprecise movement. This disease is caused mainly due to deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Caffeine, one of the active compounds of coffee, acts as a neuron protective agent in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine signals the brain to generate more dopamine.
According to many research higher coffee and, of course, caffeine intake may lower the risk of Parkinson’s by 40% to 60%.
5. Coffee is Extremely Good For Your Liver
As you all know liver is one of the important organs that carry out hundreds of vital function in the body.
Excess consumption of alcohol and fructose will damage the liver. Cirrhosis is the end stage of liver damage that is caused by alcoholism and hepatitis. Multiple studies have shown that consumption of 4 or more cups a day can lower the risk of cirrhosis by as much as 90%. Caffeine may also reduce fatty liver.
6. Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Sorry…A bit more physiology..!!
If you are a serious coffee lover, then worth to know what your morning cup does to your body. Amylin and insulin are the hormones produced by the beta cells of the pancreas at the same time but in the ratio of 1:100. They both contribute to the regulation of blood glucose level.
In the case of insulin resistance, the beta cells start producing more insulin and as well as more amylin. This toxic accumulation of amylin leads to the destruction of beta cells in the pancreas.
According to studies, Caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid are the three main compounds present in coffee that inhibit the toxic accumulation of amylin in the pancreas. Among the three, Caffeic acid is found to be the most effective and caffeine the least effective on amyloid.
Researchers found many observational pieces of evidence to say that Coffee lovers have less risk of type 2 diabetes. Since the percentage of caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid are more in decaffeinated coffee than the regular one, decaffeinated coffee helps better in lowering the type 2 diabetes.
7. Coffee can help you to burn fat
Caffeine is the substance found in coffee which will be helpful in burning fat. This substance is found in every commercial fat burning supplement. Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
8. Coffee can fight Depression and Make You Happier
Depression is a serious mental disorder that can be caused for various reasons. This will significantly decrease the quality of life.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. It also acts as a mild antidepressant. Yes, you certainly feel happy after drinking coffee in the morning. It is because caffeine increases the release of certain “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain.
There are studies that showed people who take several cups of coffee daily have reduced the risk of suicide.
Drink coffee and live happily!!!
9. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some types of Cancer
According to researchers, regular coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of cancer at a number of body sites like oral cavity, liver, brain, breast, uterus etc. Dietitians now a day have started recommending caffeinated drink as a part of healthy diet. As long as a person can digest caffeine effectively, coffee is more beneficial than harmful.
10. Coffee Does Not Cause Heart Disease and may lower the risk of stroke.
Don’t be so bullish on Java. You already know that tea is good for your heart right? Then listen, coffee too is good for your heart health.
Coffee lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Also, coffee lowers the risk of stroke.
Coffee appears to protect against heart failure and skin cancer.
But it is not a good habit to keep on sipping coffee throughout the day. Skip the sugar and any other artificial sweeteners.