Way back when coffee crops grew mostly in Ethiopia and Sudan, but now you’ll find one of the world’s favourite beverages grown in around 70 countries across the globe. It’s one of the most popular drinks on the planet and certainly figures large as people’s favourite pick-me-up. But is coffee really good for you?
A cup of ‘Joe’ is brewed using coffee beans harvested from the berries of two main plant types Robusta and Arabica, and depending on where those beans are grown, the climate, soil type and altitude and the way they are ultimately roasted all plays a significant part in determining the flavour profile of the final coffee you drink. But as we’ll discover coffee is so much more than just a brewed beverage. There’s an entire global culture attached to it and it also plays a bit of a role in over overall wellbeing too.
While coffee consumption has linked with numerous health benefits it’s important to note that it’s not a magic elixir! We recommend enjoying coffee as part of a healthy balanced diet and leading a healthy active lifestyle.
Is coffee high in antioxidants?
Coffee beans are brim full of antioxidants, especially darker roasted blends. Organic dark roasted fresh coffee contains higher levels of antioxidants. These play an important role in preventing our body’s cells from becoming swamped with toxins and harmful chemicals.
In a western style diet coffee is often one of the main sources of antioxidants.
The main antioxidants are hydro-cinnamic acids and polyphenols, both of which are useful in knocking out free radicals. (Before you ask, they’re nothing to do with surfers or waves).
Essentially, they’re the toxic leftovers from oxygen metabolism in the body that can cause damage to living cells and tissues in a process called oxidative stress.
Does coffee have nutritional benefits?
The other good thing about coffee is that many of the nutrients found in the beans end up in the finished brew.
A single mug contains up to 11% of your recommended daily intake vitamin B2, 6% of your vitamin B5 intake, 3% of your manganese and potassium intake, 2% of your magnesium and niacin intake.
That might not sound like a lot but add up the cups and the intake levels soon stack up!
Can coffee play a role in burning body fat?
It’s well recorded that caffeine helps to stimulate the nervous system, which in turn leads to increased adrenaline levels in your blood a key ingredient in the body’s preparation for intense physical activity.
Coffee is just the thing for breaking down body fat and making free fatty acids available as fuel for that physical activity. It’s used by athletes and elite level sports to help maintain alertness and focus.
A raft of research has shown that caffeine can help boost your metabolism and physical performance which is perhaps why caffeine is found in many supplements and pre-workout products.
But that’s no surprise because caffeine has an impact when active or resting. Although more detailed research is needed to determine if it could have a defined medical role to play in helping to combat clinical obesity longer term.
Can coffee help you live longer?
In today’s health-conscious society, we are all keen to monitor our food and drink intake and take a healthy approach to what we consume. Coffee could be a beneficial part of your diet, which is great news for all coffee drinkers concerned.
Antioxidants in coffee help reduce oxidative damage and can also play a part in helping to prevent several pretty nasty diseases. Medical research has shown that it can play a significant role in helping to increase the lifespan of drinkers and lower the risk of death from diseases like heart disease, stroke, cirrhosis, certain types of cancers such as liver and colorectal, and type 2 diabetes.
One study which took place over 10 European countries with more than half a million participants found that men who drank the highest amount of coffee had 12% lower risk of death than non-coffee drinkers.1
There’s also some scientific evidence that shows it might also help in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia, as well as even playing a role in helping reduce depression by making people feel happier.
Can coffee really help increase your memory and brain function?
There’s long been a theory that drinking coffee can perk you up, keep you awake and help you along when you are flagging, and you need to get that last minute revision or piece of work done! Well, the theory is true and science can back it up.
Caffeine works by changing the chemistry of the brain by blocking the action of a chemical produced in the body during your daily activities called adenosine which normally makes you sleepy. To your nerve cells caffeine looks like adenosine but it doesn’t behave like it. Actually, it performs the opposite function and makes your nerve cells speed up, which results in increased energy levels, improved brain function and overall ability to retain information.
But like most things this only occurs when caffeine is consumed in moderation. Drink too much and you can experience the shakes, dizziness, and insomnia!
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