15 Jun Coffee is good for you
We love coffee and all things coffee. We wholeheartedly champion this sublime elixir for all its deliciousness, but did you know that coffee can also be good for you?
Are you interested in all the wonderful health attributes coffee can provide? If you ever needed a good reason to reach for that cup, here is a list of potential ways it may just be doing your body a favour.
More and more research is being undertaken on the health benefits of coffee and the results are quite impressive.
Byron Bay Coffee Company are not scientists but we like the sound of the outcomes.
Coffee is high in antioxidants. Many people in Western countries get more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables. It also contains vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, potassium and magnesium.
Metabolism & Endurance:
Caffeine can boost your metabolism and a cup before a workout can increase your athletic performance particularly in endurance sports. It can also appear to increase your pain threshold during exercise.
Coffee can block the inhibitory brain hormone Adenosine which allows for an increase in the release of other neurotransmitters (norepinephrine & dopamine) and creates a short-term boost in brain function such as reaction time, vigilance, attention and general cognitive function. This can make us feel more alert.
Type 2 Diabetes:
Numerous studies indicate that coffee drinkers may lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes with every cup consumed.
Studies have shown a link between the risk of Parkinson’s Disease and coffee consumption. Higher intake (more than 5 cups per day) is associated with lower incidence. It may also help sufferers control their movement.
Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia:
Moderate consumption (approximately three cups per day) could reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.
Coffee enemas have been used as a detoxification treatment, to help with constipation and insomnia, to control intestinal parasites and in holistic cancer therapies.
Coffee drinkers may have a significantly lower risk of developing cancer of the liver and it can protect against cirrhosis.
Research has shown that drinking coffee in moderation may protect against heart failure and present a lower risk of stroke.
Drinking coffee has been associated with healthier and more diverse microbes in the gut. The microbial community can affect obesity, mood disorders and irritable bowel syndrome.
Coffee has been linked to lowered risk of liver cancer (as above) but it has also shown a lower chance of colorectal cancer and skin cancer in women.
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less at risk of becoming depressed (particularly women) and lowers the risk of suicide. Coffee has an effect on brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin which may act as a mild anti-depressant.
Research has indicated that coffee drinkers live longer and have a lower risk of premature death, particularly those that drank 3 or more cups a day. This may be due to the decrease in chance of developing many other diseases.
It is important to note that all of the health benefits relate to black coffee, free of any additives including milk and sugar.
Aside from all of the scientific research coffee also tastes delicious and smells fabulous. Grounds can be used in your shampoo for shinier hair, they make an excellent body scrub, a skin-tightening face mask, a home deodoriser and can create a natural fake tan.
The world of coffee is an intriguing and ever evolving one, it never ceases to amaze.
Information on this Blog is provided for information purposes only and is intended as a guide only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the information. Any medical information should be reviewed with an appropriate health-care provider.
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