Coffee sometimes still has the label of being unhealthy but did you know that coffee is extremely healthy? It is full of antioxidants that are very good for your health. Scientific studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of various diseases. In this blog, we will explain what the health benefits of coffee are.
1: Coffee helps burn fat
Excess body fat makes us fat and unhealthy. But did you know that caffeine speeds up your metabolism? Caffeine is in almost every commercial fat burner for a reason.
It’s one of the few natural substances that has been shown to actually speed up metabolism. Depending on the research you look at, coffee should speed up metabolism by 3 to 11%. That’s a lot and may even be the difference between gaining or losing weight.
Strangely and unfortunately, caffeine speeds up metabolism more in slim people than in overweight people. But no matter what your weight is, it will always speed up your metabolism.
2: Coffee makes you less tired
This health benefit of coffee will not surprise you. It is common knowledge that drinking coffee makes you feel less tired. Again, this is due to the caffeine in coffee.
When you have drunk coffee the caffeine is absorbed into the blood. Through the blood, the caffeine reaches the brain. There, caffeine blocks the neurotransmitter adenosine. This blockage increases the number of other neurotransmitters. Thus, the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain increases. This makes us feel better and gives us more energy. The mood improves but also cognitive functions such as memory.
3: Coffee contains vitamins and minerals
Coffee contains vitamins and minerals. Not much, but since most people drink several cups of coffee a day it still adds up. Coffee contains the following amounts of vitamins and minerals per cup:
- Vitamin B2: 11% of the daily recommended allowance
- Magnesium: 3% RDA
- Vitamin B3: 2% RDA
- Potassium: 3% RDA
- Vitamin B5: 6% RDA
- Magnesium is an important mineral. It is involved in 700 processes in the body.
4: Caffeine improves physical performance
Caffeine increases the amount of adrenaline in the blood. Adrenaline is the stress hormone that makes the body ready to fight or flee. Under the influence of adrenaline, more oxygen is pumped to the muscles. The body is ready to fight or flee. This will improve physical performance after consuming coffee. To benefit from this while exercising, it is best to drink a cup of coffee half an hour before training.
5: Coffee protects against dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is a common disease that causes dementia. There is, unfortunately, no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, for this reason, prevention is important.
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers are 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
6: Coffee lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, which is popularly known as diabetes, is a huge health problem. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have seen this disease. The biggest problem with this disease is the many complications that can arise from it. For example, type 2 diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can damage the eyes and hearing.
Studies show that coffee drinkers are 23 to 67% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. A large meta-study found that each daily cup of coffee reduces the risk by about 7%.
7: Coffee helps against depression
More and more people have depression. It is a serious condition for which help should always be sought. Studies show that coffee drinkers are 20% less likely to develop depression. In addition, suicide is 50% less common in people who drink a lot of coffee.
8: Coffee protects the liver
A properly functioning liver is essential for good health. Due to obesity, more and more people are dealing with a non-alcoholic fatty liver. Fat has accumulated in and around the liver, preventing it from doing its job properly. By losing weight, this can be reversed and health will return.
The liver may become so fat that scar tissue accumulates in the liver. At that point, the damage to the liver is permanent. Coffee drinkers are 80% less likely to suffer permanent damage to the liver from eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates. However, this does not mean that you can eat as much as you like as long as you drink a lot of coffee. For the health of your liver, it is best to follow a responsible lifestyle and drink a few cups of coffee a day.
9: Coffee prevents a heart attack
It is often thought that caffeine increases blood pressure and therefore the risk of a heart attack. Caffeine, however, only slightly increases blood pressure (by a few percent) and this blood pressure-raising effect disappears even if you drink coffee regularly and are thus accustomed to it.
However, there is no evidence that coffee increases the risk of a heart attack. There are studies that show that coffee drinkers actually have a slightly lower chance of having a heart attack. They are as much as 20% less likely to have a heart attack compared to non-coffee drinkers.
10: Coffee is rich in antioxidants
For people who follow a typical Western diet, coffee is perhaps the most healthy thing they consume. This is due to the enormous amount of antioxidants that coffee is rich in. Studies have shown that many people get more antioxidants than all the fruits and vegetables they eat put together!