What are the benefits of coffee?

coffeeDespite many common assumptions, coffee confers a number of health benefits that shouldn’t be ignored.

Coffee is packed with antioxidants and healthful nutrients and compounds that contribute overall longevity and wellbeing.  Coffee can lower your risk of several diseases including cancer and dementia.

Read on to find out more benefits of coffee that you might not have heard of.

Coffee can help you shed extra pounds

It’s no coincidence that caffeine is found in nearly every fat burning weight loss supplement on the market.  Caffeine is one of the few naturally occurring ingredients that has been found to rev metabolism and increase your body’s ability to burn fat.

A number of studies support this, demonstrating that caffeine can increase metabolism by as much as 11%.

There’s also evidence that caffeine aids weight loss by encouraging the body to use up fat specifically.

Coffee can improve clarity and focus

It’s well known that coffee can take the edge off of your tiredness and give you a boost of energy when you need it.  Caffeine actually works by blocking a neurotransmitter in the brain known as Adenosine.  This allows other neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine to work unrestricted, which is what gives you the noticeable energy surge.

Studies have found the coffee can improve brain function and mental clarity in humans.  It can help with alertness, mood, memory and recall, reaction times and overall cognitive performance.

Coffee may reduce the risk of developing type two diabetes

Type two diabetes is on the rise in the UK.  Worldwide, it is thought to affect as many as 300 million people.

Type two diabetes is caused by raised blood sugar levels as a result of insulin resistance or reduced insulin production.

If not properly treated and monitored, type two diabetes can be serious and lead to a number of debilitating symptoms.  However, research strongly suggests that regular coffee drinkers enjoy a reduced risk of developing type two diabetes.

Each daily cup of coffee is thought to reduce your risk by 7% with people who drink large amounts of coffee believed to be slashing their risk by as much as 67%

One thing to bear in mind is that excessive consumption of coffee can have unwanted effects in some people, including restlessness or even anxiety.

Coffee may reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases

A number of studies show that coffee can reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases commonly associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.  These diseases tend to affect people over the age of 65 and, as there is currently no cure, preventative measures are key.

Although a healthy diet and lifestyle are vital, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease later in life by as much as 65%.

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