You know that cup o’ joe is a great friend first thing in the morning – helping you to shake off the remnants of sleep & get ready to take charge of your day.
But you may not know that there are countless other health benefits your body is getting from that very same fragrant brew… read on to discover just how good coffee is for you!
The Interesting History of Coffee…
Coffee first became a well-known beverage in 17th century England.
As the drink became more popular, coffee houses emerged & coined the phrase, ‘penny universities’ because you could buy a cup of coffee & sit & have stimulating conversations with others for just a penny.
…In fact, in 1675 the king of England banned coffee houses, claiming that they were a place for people to meet & conspire against him!
Today, the world drinks approximately 400 billion cups of coffee every year!
Beyond the Boost…Essential Nutrients in Coffee
According to medicalnewstoday.com it is highly likely that you get more of your daily dose of antioxidants from coffee than you do from anything else you eat or drink!
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants & – a single cup also contains the following essential nutrients:
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Also, don’t forget that coffee is a great tool to help fill you up or taste something flavourful with only a few calories! (Just watch not to add too much cream or sugar!)
Burn Fat with Coffee…
If you’ve ever checked the ingredients in fat-burning supplements you’ve likely seen one thing listed over & over – caffeine.
Caffeine is one of the very few substances that have proven to help your body burn fat.
According to authoritynutrition.com studies show that caffeine – and thus your cup of caffeinated coffee – can boost your metabolic rate by anywhere from 3% to 11%!
Better Workouts with Coffee…
So the caffeine in coffee helps give you a physical boost of energy & helps your body burn fat faster & more efficiently… So it only makes sense that coffee makes a great addition to an effective workout routine!
One strong cup of coffee a half an hour before you head to the gym can help:
- Increase the adrenaline levels in the blood
- Stimulate the “fight or flight” hormone that allows the body to perform at maximum intensity
- Encourage the body to break down fat and use it as fuel for your workout
- You could also supplement caffeine with a simple pill – careful if you are unsure about your reaction to caffeine! Start small & build up.
Lower Risk of Cancer with Coffee….
According to authoritynutrition.com studies have shown coffee drinkers to be better protected from both liver cancer & colorectal cancer.
At this time liver cancer & colorectal cancer are the 3rd & 4th most prominent in all cancer cases. Coffee drinkers on the other hand make up a smaller percentage of those affected.
…Another great reason to go grab a cup of brew!
Other Possible Benefits of Coffee….
Numerous studies on the effects of coffee have shown that when you are drinking coffee, you may also be:
- Reducing your risk of stroke
- Reducing your risk of heart disease
- Lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Protecting yourself against Alzheimer’s disease & Dementia
- Reduce your risk of Parkinson’s Disease
- Protecting your liver & avoiding hepatitis & cirrhosis
A Harvard study even showed that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.
Also, across the board those who drink 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
…So coffee may even help to increase the length of your life!
To Brew or Not to Brew…
…isn’t this now the question?
For optimal performance in your workouts, in burning fat, increasing your energy, lowering your risk of multiple diseases & overall improving your mood – go start a pot of coffee or stop by your local coffee shop.
Remember though – many of these positive effects can be counterbalanced if you add too much creamer or sugar to your coffee – try to stick with black americano & use natural sweeteners whenever possible – like stevia.
Lastly, the effects of coffee will remain in your system for up to 6 hours. So a general rule is not to drink coffee past 4pm every day.
Go forth & enjoy.
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