Coffee: Are you a Caffeind?


Are you a Caffeind?

Here are 8 health benefits of coffee that are backed by science.

1. Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet. Caffeine is not the only compound that makes up coffee. The antioxidants in coffee protect us from oxidation. Oxidation is thought to be one of the main mechanisms around aging and common diseases like cancer and heart disease. For people eating the standard western diet coffee may actually be one of the healthiest aspects of their eating habits.

2. Coffee can improve energy levels and brain function.After you drink coffee it makes its way up to your brain. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This increases neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. The most obvious result is that it helps people feel less tired, and a surge or increase in energy levels. This stimulatory effect, according to studies, also increases memory, mood, vigilance and reaction time.

3. Caffeine can help you train harder. Caffeine increase epinephrine levels, also known as adrenaline in the blood. This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion. It’s no surprise that studies consistently show caffeine can improve physical performance, by 11-12 % on average. A strong cup of coffee about 30 mins prior to a workout will have this effect.

4. Coffee will help you burn fat. This is why caffeine is found in nearly every fat loss supplement as it is has been shown to improve metabolic rate and fat metabolism. Studies shown that caffeine can increase metabolic rate by between 3 to 11%, other studies show that caffeine can increase the burning of fat by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. As tolerance to caffeine occurs the results start to diminish. To assist with this cycling coffee consumption on and off may help, however, consuming a healthy diet will be more beneficial.

5. Coffee may protect you from dementia and Alzheimer’s’ disease. Currently this is a big topic of focus for research.Research shows that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. There doesn’t seem to be dose response relationship between those who drink high amounts of coffee compared to moderate coffee drinkers. For preventing Alzheimer’s’ disease it is important to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

6. Coffee appears to lower the risk of type II diabetes.Studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes. One study showed a reduction of 67%.According to a review of 18 studies with a total of 457, 922 individuals, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of developing the disease. The benefits and protective effects of drinking coffee however will become non-existent if we add sugar or consume coffee with biscuits, cakes or other sugary snacks.

7. Coffee appears to have protective effects on the liver.The liver is an amazing organ that carries out many processes in the body. Unfortunately several common diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced with scar tissue.Coffee may protect against cirrhosis, with those who drink 4 or more cups per day shown to have an 80% lower risk in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis.

8. Coffee may help you live longer. Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop certain diseases so it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. There are several big studies showing this trend.


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