Coffee is a beverage beloved by a huge collection of individuals from all over the world. In the USA alone, well over half of the population drinks coffee and the average American drinks three cups every day. Many other countries love it just as much (or more) too!
Some people like to make their own coffee, while others prefer to get it from a local shop. There are even apps that can allow you to share your favorite coffee with the world and learn about new offerings in your area. There is no doubting the love that the world has for coffee, and this shows no signs of going anywhere.
But in addition to being delicious and a fun thing to drink and/or make, coffee also comes with its fair share of benefits. With that in mind, this blog post is going to go over some of the science-based benefits that drinking coffee can provide.
Coffee Can Give You More Energy
One of the main benefits of coffee is that it can provide you with more energy. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons why so many people drink coffee. It can provide them with the energy and alertness they desire for work, school or simply wake up.
If you feel tired, reaching for a cup of coffee can turn that around quickly thanks to caffeine. Other aspects of brain function like your mood, vigilance and reaction times can all be improved due to the caffeine content in coffee. Of course, this is also why it’s a good idea to be careful when having coffee too late in the day.
If you drink coffee in the evening (or even late in the afternoon for some people), it may make it hard for you to relax in the evening and fall asleep.
It Can Help You Burn Fat
One of the science-based benefits about coffee that we love the most is the fact that it has also been shown to help burn fat in some of those who drink it. In fact, caffeine is found in nearly every fat-burning supplement on the market. This is because it boosts your metabolic rate quickly, and this leads to more calories and fat being burnt.
But the more you drink coffee, the less impactful the fat-burning effects of caffeine can become, so always drink in moderation. Also, it is not a substitute for things like a healthy diet and exercise, but can be a decent supplement to those.
In a similar vein to fat-burning, coffee can also help improve your physical performance when working out or playing a sport. Caffeine can stimulate your nervous system, and lead to higher levels of adrenaline that can help you run faster, lift more and generally improve physical performance. This is one of the many reasons some people like having a strong cup of coffee before heading to the gym or ahead of a big game.
Coffee Can Lower Your Risk For Many Diseases and Ailments
Coffee has been heavily studied over the years and it has been shown to help lower your risk of suffering from many different diseases and ailments. Drinking a moderate amount of coffee can help reduce your risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, stroke and others.
Because these are some of the deadliest diseases and ailments out there, studies have also shown that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of death. Of course, coffee will not eliminate your odds of experiencing these issues, but you may be less likely to suffer from them compared to those who don’t drink coffee.
Also, it is important to mention that if you are suffering from these already, drinking coffee will not get rid of them for you, so always follow a doctor or professional’s advice when it comes to managing your disease.
It Contains Antioxidants
Another major health benefit of coffee is that it contains a variety of antioxidants. In fact, one of the largest sources of antioxidants for many Americans is indeed the coffee they drink. Most dietary antioxidants come from beverages and with coffee being so popular, this should come as no surprise.
There are several powerful antioxidants found in coffee, such as hydrocinnamic acid and polyphenols. These antioxidants can do a variety of things from reduce inflammation, to fight off diseases and even to help you look younger. In general, they are great for your health and should be consumed.
While coffee does contain a lot of antioxidants, it shouldn’t be your only source of them. There are plenty of antioxidants not found in coffee, so be sure to eat your fruits, veggies and other food groups, too to ensure you get them all.
While you always want to be careful and drink in moderation, coffee can provide you a lot of benefits in your day-to-day life.
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