Coffee. Why do we drink it so much? Is it even good for us? Well, let’s take a look and see why. Let’s have a look at why we drink coffee.
Obvious enough, it provides a dose of energy after you have that much needed cup in the morning. It can also help with exercise as it boosts your adrenaline levels. People who had coffee before a workout had a performance increase of 11- 12%. Caffeine is also very beneficial in weight lose as it contains magnesium and potassium both of which directly cause you to have less cravings for sugary treats. It also aids this process by breaking down fat cells in the body using it as fuel you for training. Having 1 – 6 cups of coffee a day is actually known to assist you with focus and alertness.
Now we’re going to take a look at the nutrients in coffee–all of which fill up the daily recommended RDI (Recommended Dietary Income). So we’ve already spoken about the magnesium and potassium, but there’s so much more. There’s Riboflavin, (11%), Pantothenic acid (6%), Manganese and potassium (3%), Magnesium and Niacin (2%). All in all you have a very stable source of vitamins B2, B3 and B5 in a single cup. These all are worked out of your system every day so modest consumption of these vitamins a day will improve your health in various. Doesn’t sound like much? Well, let’s consider that none of us have only 1 cup a day. So work it out for yourselves, you’ll see that it really grows with each cup.
This sounds a bit unbelievable, but coffee can actually lower your risk of death and actually helps prevent type 2 Diabetes. The death rate for coffee drinkers is actually less than 23-50% of non-drinkers. On one occasion a study noted 67% less. Something else that’s rather astounding, it has been known to decrease the risk of diabetes by 7%! But wait the list goes on, various cancers (prostate, endometrial and basal cell carcinoma) are reduced by 20 – 25% in certain conditions. It’s also able to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s (25%) and Alzheimer’s/Dementia. At 2 – 4 cups a day it can also reduce the risk of strokes. When it comes to Parkinson’s it stimulates the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s. Coffee has also been proven to reduce depression by 20%. Coffee has also been attributed to helping depression. More than 4 cups a day can reduce the chances of depression (although I think any coffee lover can tell you that).
As well as neurological improvements, it also is loaded with antioxidants that actually protect your body. It fights off free radicals inside your body. The liver is one of the organs that coffee can help in the fight against cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can be caused by several diseases affecting the liver. Coffee can fight these diseases off. Drinking 4 or more cups a day can lower the risk by 80%.
So why do we drink coffee? Well, aside from the caffeine it provides for our daily kick, as you can see from the above health benefits, it has so much more to offer us than just our morning pick-me-up. For those of us who can’t drink coffee, one of my future articles will lay out the benefits of tea and all it’s various health benefits. For now, I think a good cup of coffee is in order.
God bless you, all my avidReaders.