5 Health Benefits of Coffee

October 18, 2017

5 Health Benefits of Coffee

There’s always the debate whether or not having a cup of coffee is really good for you or just the answer to increased dehydration, blockage of essential vitamins and minerals your body is trying to use and the cause of a possible caffeine addiction.

I’m a firm believer of everything in moderation, and see the idea of regular coffee intake as something that can be consumed and enjoyed without abuse to your mind, body and diet.

Here’s 5 Health Benefits of Coffee:

Energy Boost
When you consume a cup of coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to your brain. It blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increase, which result in improved energy levels and various brain functions like memory, reaction times, and cognitive awareness.

Essential Nutrients
Those minerals and vitamins you may think are lost or blocked are actually contained in those tiny beans you grind and brew into black water. In a single cup; Riboflavin (B2), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin (B3) are present.

Antioxidant
Coffee is known for containing and having the greatest amount of antioxidants (such as polyphenols and hydrocinnamic acids) per serving, which in turn is associated with a number of potential health benefits including: protection against heart disease; stroke; Parkinson’s; Alzheimers; type 2 Diabetes; gout; gallstones; cirrhosis of the liver; and several cancers. You could say coffee is a drink of longevity and lowering the risks linked to causing premature death.

Fights Depression
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline that elevates your mood and fights depression and chronic illnesses associated to it.

Fat Burner
Ever heard the saying have a cup of joe a half hour before you workout? Caffeine is shown to boost your metabolic rate and increase the burning of stored fat in the body. Adrenaline levels in the blood are increased with consumption of coffee, and stimulates the nervous system by sending signals to fats cells in order to break down and release stored fatty acids in muscle tissue to be used for fuel during physical activity.

However, with all that being said; remember everything in moderation, and keep your coffee consumption to no more than 2-3 cups daily (preferably in the morning). I also advised to drink your coffee without any added sweeteners or using an alternative option such as adding stevia, coconut palm sugar or honey. 

Happy coffee drinking 🙂

About the Author

Marisa Hindemith

Holistic Nutrition Nutrition Vegetarian nutrition Holistic Health Coach

Calgary

Hi 🙂 Growing up with a big Italian family, the subject of food was always on the table.. literally! Holistic nutrition has been a path...

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