11 Most surprising health benefits of coffee
Among the world’s most popular beverages, coffee is definitely on the list. In addition to its effect on boosting energy for the whole day, coffee is found to have several benefits on health and coffee consumers are linked with reduced risks of serious diseases consistently confirmed by many studies. Here is the list of 11 health benefits of coffee
1. Improve mood and energy levels
A stimulant rich in coffee, caffeine, is perhaps the most popular psychoactive substance used in the world.
Drugs with psychoactive effects usually are used to treat some mental problems and their use strictly requires a health professional’s prescription, while caffeine in coffee is natural and legal to consume daily.
Caffeine is linked with improving some aspects of our brain: mood, energy levels, memory…
2. Drink coffee to lose weight and burn fast
Have you ever asked yourself whether coffee can help you lose weight or burn fat?
Did you see the ads about magical supplements to become lean?
Actually, almost every supplement aiding fat burning contains caffeine, which in fact is a natural substance improving metabolic rate.
In simpler terms, caffeine makes you slim. The better your metabolic rate is, the greater the chance you are slim.
3. Enhance performances in sport
Coffee is best consumed about half an hour before your physical exercise in order to maximize your performance.
An explanation for this phenomenon is offered as below:
Caffeine in your cup of coffee signals your nervous system to break down body fat and, at the same time, it increases adrenaline levels.
Adrenaline is linked with the moment of intense physical exertion. The body fat, as mentioned earlier, becomes a great reservoir of fuel for your own physical activity.
4. Unexpected benefits of coffee on skin
A single cup of coffee contains various nutrients that may benefit the skin such as Vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, etc.
Besides, according to Medical News Today, tcoffee ground can be used to get rid of dead skin, reduce inflammation and fight against some harmful bacteria, protect your skin from UV damage, cleanse and soften areas of skin from your scalp, face to your foot.
All thanks to its acidity, antioxidants, stimulants, coffee (especially coffee ground) is a great source to promote collagen levels and to slow the aging process of the skin, both via drinking and via direct body scrubbing.
So don't throw out your used coffee ground , it is one of the best natural ingredients for your skin.
5. Coffee helps to prevent type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels and patients with type 2 diabetes are susceptible to infections due to the weakened immune system (think about HIV/AIDS which is also characterized by a weakened immune system unable to defend the body itself).
And several studies show that coffee consumers have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes
6. Coffee prevents dementia
Dementia is a broad term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive problems relating to memory, communication and thinking.
Surely you hear the term “Alzheimer”, this disease is the leading cause of dementia.
Patients with dementia are commonly known by their forgetfulness, even to the point that they forget who they are. The terrible thing is: there is no cure.
Some studies show that coffee consumers can have up to 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease
7. Prevent Parkinson disease
Parkinson’s disease is a kind of neuron-degenerative disease and is characterized by motor symptoms: movement and tremors.
This condition also has no cure.
Coffee consumers are found to have a risk reduction ranging from 32-60% of Parkinson’s disease.
And yes. Research also indicated that caffeine is the reason.
8. Possibly protect your liver, prevent certain types of cancer
The liver is one of the most important organs inside the body because of its function of detoxification.
Also, it is vulnerable to many diseases (ex: hepatitis, fatty liver disease…) and prone to scars, which we call this condition “cirrhosis”. Curiously, coffee drinkers who drink more than 4 cups a day have up to an 80% lower risk of cirrhosis.
All the more so, coffee drinkers have a lower risk of liver cancer and colorectal cancer.
9. Coffee and Depression
Depression is linked with suicide. Depression reduced quality of life and it is also a major health concern nowadays.
Coffee is found to lower risk of becoming depressed, thus logically lowering suicide rate.
10. Lower stroke risk
Probably, some people may think cups of Joe increase the stroke risk. But no.
Despite that caffeine can increase blood pressure, coffee consumers are found to have a slight risk of stroke. Surprise!
11. Antioxidants in coffee & tea
An antioxidant is a magical substance to defy the aging process.
People usually seek for a diet that is rich in antioxidants to stay young, and oftentimes such diet contains veggies and fruits.
But let’s not forget that coffee is quite high in antioxidants, maybe we can get more of them from coffee than from fruits or vegetables combined