We all know how a cup of coffee is capable of waking us up and increasing our energy.
That’s why people, including me, use coffee to start-up our day. But aside from the energy boost, there are more surprising benefits that we can actually get from a cup of Joe.
Improves Brain Function
When caffeine is absorbed in the bloodstream, it travels to the brain and blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Once this happens, the amount of neurotransmitters increases which stimulates brain and results to an improvement in the brain function.
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
In a CAIDE study, it was concluded that coffee drinking may be associated with a decreased risk of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Helps in Fat Burning
Caffeine is always present in fat burning supplements and that is because it increases metabolism and aids in fat burning.
Reduces the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Chinese researchers found that there are 3 compounds in coffee that block the toxic accumulation of protein which aggregates in the pancreas and results in Type 2 Diabetes.
- Caffeic Acid (CA)
- Chronologic Acid (CGA)
According to the tests conducted, Caffeic Acid had the best effect while Caffeine was the least. That’s why decaffeinated coffee works as well because the CA and CGE levels are much higher.
Antioxidants in coffee uplifts mood and caffeine is a popular brain stimulant. So when the two are combined, it can definitely fight depression.
Polyphenols, which is an antioxidant found in coffee, have anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent the development of tumors.
A Good Source of Vitamins & Minerals
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – promotes Iron metabolism, energy production and offers antioxidant protection
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – helps lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, promotes skin care and wound healing, alleviates rheumatoid arthritis
- Magnesium – supports heart functioning, makes up a component of teeth and bones, helps in the production of energy in cells