What comes to your mind when you think of coffee? For most of us, it’s either our morning boost of energy or the daily dose of caffeine taken at regular intervals throughout the day to keep us active. Probably that could be why they say coffee is not good for your health. Well, we disagree to that and so does the research and studies on the effect of coffee on the human body. We all love our bitter cup of caffeine and overdosing on it is definitely not a good idea, however, when taken good quality coffee in moderation, it is not as bad as we think it to be. It’s not only green tea that has antioxidants, but coffee is also a good source of antioxidants with beneficial nutrients that can improve our overall health when consumed in the right way.
Here are the 7 top health benefits of coffee that have been confirmed by research and studies.
- Coffee Takes Care of your Liver
Regular consumption of coffee protects the liver from diseases such as liver cirrhosis, a condition that is caused due to hepatitis or fatty liver disease and a reduced risk of developing liver cancer. When the liver is healthy, your gut health is also well-taken care of.
- Coffee Fights Type 2 Diabetes
The studies conducted by Harvard School of Public Health on the effect of coffee on people those are at the risk of having type 2 diabetes proved that the individuals who consumed more coffee over the period had a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone and oestrogen hormones play a key role in developing the type 2 diabetes in our body and according to the studies, coffee increases the plasma levels of those hormones which control them from developing the type 2 diabetes.
- Coffee can keep you away from Dentists
It is said that taking strong black coffee without any addition of milk or sweeteners kills the bacteria on teeth that leads to cavities. This is applicable only when you keep good oral hygiene.
- Coffee helps you Burn Fat
It is no surprise to find caffeine in most of the fat burning supplements as it is one of the very few natural fat burning stimulant that aids in weight loss. Caffeine is a good metabolic booster and it is said that caffeine can increase the fat burning rate by 10% in obese people and 29% for the fit ones.
- Coffee Improves your Physical Performance
When taken a strong cup of coffee before your workout routine it helps you give the strength and energy to perform in a much better way. The caffeine in coffee increases the adrenaline level in the blood which is designed to make our body ready for intense physical activities. When you’re on caffeine while working out, it makes the fat cells break down the body fat and it is released into the blood as free fatty acids making them work as the fuel for the physical exertion.
- Coffee can keep you Happy
It’s not because you’re a coffee person, it’s because caffeine plays a significant role in lifting your mood up. Nowadays, depression seems to be increasing especially among women, which is a serious mental disturbance that causes a low quality of life and unhappiness. According to some recent studies, the risk of depression among women who drank more coffee was found to be reduced by 20%.
- Coffee has Essential Nutrients
Coffee is much more than just the caffeine in it. It is a very good source of antioxidants and has many essential nutrients in small amounts such as Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, Niacin, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B5 when taken regularly could benefit you.
There is so much more to coffee that we cannot finish discussing in one simple article. Please note that all of the above-discussed health benefits of coffee is effective only when your coffee is of good quality and most importantly when it is consumed as it is in moderation without the addition of sugars or creamers.
Knowing your coffee is a beautiful combination of science and olfactory techniques that one can easily master from an experienced barista. To know more about coffee and its world of roasting, grinding and making that final cup of health drink, please visit ICCA Dubai where you can learn it all under the guidance of International Barista Champion Sam Tan.