That first sip of coffee you take every morning is packed with a punch! These are some things we discovered recently when doing some research.
Did you know having a cup of coffee every day is good for you? It does something in your body that even the universe cannot explain!
Many independent medical professionals from universities and health care institutes conducted research and they now say caffeine has many benefits to our bodies and minds. That first sip of coffee is more important than you think.
The caffeine we drink in our daily coffee can help us live longer, have more mental ability and focus, fight depression and even help us lose weight. How’s that for starters?
What’s not to love about the UK’s most favourite drink?
That First Sip of Coffee
Not only is that first sip of coffee music to your ears every morning, but there are many positive attributes that happen to your body when you drink coffee.
Here are a few of our favourites —
Reduces Risks of Diseases
If you have family members or loved ones who deal with diseases such as Alzheimer’s’, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, gout or Type 2 Diabetes, they have shown coffee to reduce the effects of these life-altering diseases.
Coffee wakes up the nervous system and also helps level out blood sugar levels (not to mention the other minerals and vitamins used to fight off issues like this).
Improves Your Mood
Coffee makes us feel so good because it can tap into virtually every reward system our brain has evolved. Inside each cup of coffee is a chemical that takes over your brain by mimicking the actions of cocaine and marijuana.
Helps with Memory
Caffeine increases alertness, and many people find that caffeine improves their mood by improving their sense of being switched on, and having a sense of task accomplishment.
Improve Physical Performance
Coffee can provide the energy you need to get through a lot of physical tasks such as working out, competing in a race, pumping iron and more.
They document caffeine to boost athletic power and endurance, which means you can exercise harder and longer. Caffeine has a direct metabolic effect on muscle, making it easier to improve endurance. What this means is that caffeine helps muscles burn fat as the energy source, instead of glycogen (a carbohydrate).
Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which are responsible for many of its health benefits,” says Joy Bauer, RD, nutrition and health expert.
While it is not a meal replacement, coffee can “stimulate thermogenesis (heat and energy)” which means a reduced appetite and a temporarily lessened need for food.
There are many substances found in coffee beans that find their way into your cup of coffee. Depending on how you brew your coffee determines whether your beans still have these substances or not(click here to learn about our favourite way to brew coffee).
Several of them can affect metabolism:
- Caffeine: The main stimulant in coffee.
- Theobromine: The main stimulant in cocoa; also found in smaller amounts in coffee
- Theophylline: Another stimulant found in both cocoa and coffee
- Chlorogenic acid: One of the main biologically active compounds in coffee; may help slow the absorption of carbs
The most important of these is caffeine, which is very potent and has been studied thoroughly. Not only does caffeine increase your metabolic rate, but it also makes you more alert.
Improves Your Focus
When you drink coffee, such as that first sip in the morning, it doesn’t take long for the caffeine to get into your brain. It affects many kinds of brain cells in a positive way.
Caffeine can increase mental focus and concentration and is “nature’s stimulant”. While moderate caffeine intake can boost your ability to concentrate and improves mental alertness, it doesn’t make you smarter – and has no effect on learning!
Biggest Source of Antioxidants
Our bodies are constantly under attack by reactive molecules called “free radicals.” These free radicals can damage important cell structures like proteins and DNA.
This is where antioxidants come in. They provide the right electrons to counteract the free radicals disarming them. They believe this to be protective against aging and many diseases that overtake our bodies.
Interestingly, coffee contains large amounts of several powerful antioxidants, such as hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols, to name a few. Coffee beans contain disease-ravaging antioxidants, called quinines, which become more potent after roasting.
Hydrocinnamic acids are very effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress.
One thing to remember about your coffee consumption. Most health experts agree it’s wise to limit your coffee drinking to just a few cups a day (not an entire pot of coffee).
That means you should use a standard 8-ounce mug, not the super-sized beverages many coffee shops offer. Overdoing it and drinking too much coffee can lead to interrupted sleep or insomnia. You can also have stomachaches, a racing heart, nervousness, irritability, and nausea.
To keep your coffee in check for better health, you should be making coffee with a splash of milk. Don’t load it with whipped cream and sugary syrups.
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