Coffee!!! For me it’s the drink of the gods, it makes short work of the 3 o’clock slump and mornings fly by. However, the benefits of coffee span much further than just a kick to get you though the day. here’s 5 benefits of coffee you may not know…
Benefits of coffee #1: It contains essential nutrients
First on the list of the wonderful benefits of coffee is then nutrients it contains. One cup has been found to contain:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
Although these are small in volume per cup, many of us have multiple cups a day. Therefore, these soon add up and coffee actually becomes nutritionally rewarding – I’ll be honest, this is made me happy. In addition, Because the western diet is now largely processed, coffee becomes one of the best sources of antioxidants.
Benefits of coffee #2: It can improve brain and physical performance
So, the benefits of coffee for physical performance are somewhat widely known. Firstly, it helps increase adrenaline levels which readies our bodies for physical activity. Secondly, it has been found that coffee encourages the body to break down fat which goes into the blood as fatty acids that we can use as fuel. Coffee has been found to increase physical performance by around 11-12%!!!
On the brain power front, the caffeine in coffee, which is the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world increases our alertness and energy. When we drink coffee, the caffeine goes into our blood and to our brains. We then get all kind of positive chemical reactions which improves function, memory and mood.
Benefits of coffee #3: It can help you burn fat
As mentioned above, one of the benefits of coffee encourages the break down of fat within the body. This gets released into the blood as fatty acid to be used as energy – Wahooo!
However, in addition to this, some studies have been found it may boost our metabolic rate anywhere between 3-11%. So, if our metabolic rate is higher than we burn more calories and lose weight – Double wahooo!!
Not only this, but the news can get better the more weight you lose. One study has found that whilst coffee may specifically increase the burning of fat by 10% in obese people, this may rise to an incredible 29% in lean people – Triple wahooo!!!
Benefits of coffee #4: It’s the elixir of youth
In addition, coffee has been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia by up to 65%. Furthermore, the caffeine in coffee has been found to be the driver behind a reduction in the risk of Parkinson’s Disease as people who drank decaf in this study didn’t lower their risk.
Coffee also has positive effects on the liver. This in itself is great, however, when you consider that it may lower the risk of liver cancer it’s even more amazing. A study even found coffee drinkers had a 15% lower chance of colorectal cancer.
So, if you’re getting a regular cup of coffee then you may be protecting your body!
Benefits of coffee #5:
The final item on the list of the benefits of coffee is one for the gym junkies among us. A study in the Journal of Pain found that caffeine intake helps delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and force loss after exercising. The study concluded that the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee following exercise can help alleviate muscle pain and recovery.