Now, we’re sure you have all heard both horror stories and songs of praise when it comes to coffee, so much so, that sometimes it’s difficult to know which article or piece of advice to listen to. Here at Hip and Healthy we are all about balance and everything in moderation, and yes, that sometimes means the occasional cup of coffee! By no means are we telling you to rush to starbucks to load up on an extra hot, skinny, double-shot macchiato with syrup, but a cup of good quality home-brewed coffee is known to have several benefits which we have listed below.
Caffeine can drastically improve physical performance and promote fat-loss
Caffeine has been proven to stimulate the nervous system, whilst increasing Epinephrine (Adrenaline). Epinephrine is responsible for kickstarting our ‘fight or flight’ hormones which help prepare our bodies for intense physical exertion. Caffeine also helps our bodies break down fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids, making them available as fuel and increasing physical performance by 11-12%, on average. Coffee has also been said to help boost your metabolism and aid fat-loss by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in healthy individuals. So, if your going to have a cup of coffee a day, then we highly recommend you have one around half an hour before hitting the gym hard!
There are essential nutrients in coffee
Now, there is a reason why we advise you to only buy organic, good quality coffee, and it’s not to shrink your wallet! In over processed, freeze-dried coffee, the majority of coffee’s antioxidants and nutrients get lost. However, a single cup of organic coffee such as BulletProof Coffee (more on that later!) contains:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
Coffee may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a massive health problem, currently effecting around 300 million people worldwide. It is characterised by elevated blood sugars in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin. Preliminary research has discovered coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink coffee in moderation, have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease, one study showing a reduction as high as 67%
According to a review that looked at data from 18 studies with a total of 457,922 individuals, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Pretty amazing!
Coffee may protect you from alzheimer’s, parkinson’s and dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide, usually affecting people over 65 years of age. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s.
However, there are several preventative measures you can take. Obviously, remaining active and adopting a healthy lifestyle and eating habits will go a long way to ensure your health, however, several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by the loss of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain. Similar to Alzheimer’s, there is no known cure, and prevention is the only form of safeguarding ourselves. In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60%. In this case, it appears to be the caffeine itself that is causing the effect. People who drink decaf don’t have a lower risk of Parkinson’s.
Coffee can have protective effects on the liver
The liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in the body, including helping to detoxify your body. Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and others. Many of these diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who regularly drink coffee, may have up to an 80% lower risk.
Coffee may help fight depression and make you happier
Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life, around 70 million days of work are lost each year due to mental health problems and astonishingly 1 in 4 people are affected.
In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who had a higher intake of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study with 208,424 individuals found that those who drank a higher intake of coffee per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide .
Despite all the benefits, it is of course essential to ensure that you control your coffee intake and ensure that you drink good quality coffee. As with most thing’s in life; take everything moderation.
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