Coffee is a popular drink around the world. And it is served in almost every restaurant, cafe, and at roadside stalls as well.
Coffee has high levels of antioxidants and contains essential nutrients such as riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3).
Though coffee is a caffeinated drink, we cannot deny coffee has its own health benefits. And caffeine even gives benefits to coffee drinkers.
A Glass Of Coffee In The Morning To Make Your Day More Energetic
Caffeine, the stimulant in coffee, helps in increasing our energy levels and makes us less tired and sleepy.
Drinking coffee can make you more energized and suppress the feelings of fatigue. However, after a few hours caffeine starts to wear off and you might need another cup. If you drink caffeine late in the evening, it might bother your sleep at night.
Overdose drinking can lead to addiction, so control your intake.
Pairing Your Coffee With The Right Snack To Avoid Sugar Cravings (And Coffee Helps In Weight Loss)
Does coffee make you gain weight? Nah, you are so wrong dude. You gain weight when you are wrongly pairing your coffee with sweet treats such as pastry. When you drink coffee with a sugary snack, it makes you crave more candied foods, eventually leading to weight gain.
Oh ya, avoid sweetened coffee drinks like taking your caramel frappuccino regularly, this not only will associate you with weight gain, but taking it too frequently will give you risk of obesity and diabetes.
It is better to avoid additional sweeteners in your coffee. Sweeteners may give you a sugar crash. If your body is not familiar with sweeteners, it produces additional insulin, hence making your blood sugar levels drop, causing you to feel hungry. In a long time, it will shape you horizontally (read: put on weight).
The best way to pair your coffee with food is to enjoy a snack that provides protein like eggs and healthy fat, like nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. Proteins and fat help to make you feel full, hence reducing sugar cravings.
Big fat obese like me feels glad to know that coffee helps in weight loss.
The caffeine in the coffee aids in fat burning and increases metabolic rate. That’s the reason why caffeine is found as the main ingredient in many fat burning supplements.
A study says caffeine can increase fat burning by as much as 10% for obese individuals and 29% for lean people.
But bear in mind, the effects of fat burnt by caffeine will be diminished in long-term coffee drinkers. Preferably, replace coffee drinks with other drinks alternately every one to two weeks to ensure the body is sensitive to the presence of coffee.
Coffee Helps Ward Off Diseases And Improves Memory
Many sources prove that the practice of drinking coffee can prevent several diseases such as memory forgetfulness (Alzheimer’s), brain cell damage (dementia), damage to the nervous system (Parkinson’s) and stroke.
The polyphenol content acts as an antioxidant. It protects the body’s cells from free radical attack and this reduces the risk of oxidative stress. Oxidative damage can cause cancer, and maybe this explains why some studies have found a lower risk of liver cancer among coffee drinkers.
The magnesium content in coffee helps increase the effectiveness of insulin and glucose metabolism in the body, and this reduces the risk of getting diabetes.
Fortunately, those who love coffee can reduce the risk of getting diseases.
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant to the brain system. When ingested, it is absorbed through the bloodstream and sent to the brain and acts to increase the levels of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine.
It says coffee improves brain function such as memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.
Coffee can be very good for our brain. So why wait? Let’s have a cuppa right now.
Now You Know Coffee Is Good, So Let’s Drink Coffee Without Guilt
Everyone has a different tolerance to coffee intake and this is usually due to the caffeine content found in it.
We can indeed get good health benefits by consuming coffee. It is recommended that the caffeine found in coffee be taken no more than 400 mg per day, equivalent to about 4 – 6 cups of coffee.
It should be noted, excessive coffee consumption can affect health such as can cause problems with the digestive tract.
Love to drink coffee? So why worry about caffeine in the coffee when the caffeine itself is good for our body. Moderation is the key.
Let’s drink a cuppa without guilt.
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