5 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee has for centuries been praised and mocked in equal measures but would you believe that coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on this planet? More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several benefits associated with taking coffee ranging from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver diseases. Therefore, I decided to collect and compile 5 of the proven health benefits of coffee some of you are not even aware of:
- A great source of antioxidants
Most of us have been told in the past how fruits and veggies are a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which help to prevent cellular damage that can with time lead to the development of many types of diseases and dysfunction. However, nobody has told us that we can also get the same antioxidants from coffee. According to research, coffee is in fact the major source of antioxidants in the western diet.
- Coffee helps to improve physical performance and weight loss
Research shows that caffeine which is the world’s most popular drug increases epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. The research goes ahead to suggest that green coffee extract is an effective aid to weight loss. Coffee increases the amount of catecholamines in the blood hence speeding up the body’s metabolic rate consequently leading to weight loss. Catecholamines are chemicals that mobilize fat stores to be burned for energy. Given this effects it is not a surprise to see that caffeine can help improve physical performance by improving strength, anaerobic performance and muscle endurance.
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
Researchers at UCLA discovered that drinking coffee increases the plasma levels of the protein sex hormone binding the globulin (SHBG). SHBG regulates the activities of the body’s sex hormones estrogen and testosterone which usually play an important role in development of type 2 diabetes. According to a report published by Harvard researchers, long-term coffee drinkers has a significant reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and according to statistics, the risk reduced with the more cups you take.
- Reduce the risk of cancers
A study showed that coffee may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20% and endometrial cancer in women by 25%. According to the research, people in the test group drank four cups of coffee daily. Caffeine may also help to prevent cell carcinoma, the most popular type of skin cancer. Another research also showed that coffee may help protect against liver and colorectal cancer which are two of the most common types of deadly cancers.
- Reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease
Studies reveal that regularly drinking coffee helps to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25%. There is evidence that shows that coffee causes activity n the section of the brain affected by Parkinson’s.
In as much as coffee has a number of benefits, it is advisable that you watch the quantity you consume on a daily basis. Caffeine just like any other drug has its side effects. Remember, too much of something is not good and coffee is no exception.