Published on 07 Jan 2021 by Kim Yudelowitz
As we all know, coffee is delicious. It gets us going for the day ahead, keeps us focused and allows us to smile on a Monday morning when ordinarily we might not. But the advantages of coffee go far beyond this. It’s been found that it actually has fundamental health benefits, which is why this year, your New Year’s Resolution should be to drink more coffee while supporting independent coffee shops near you, made incredibly easy, with the Coffy App
Coffee contains caffeine, which is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world and is the best known ingredient of coffee. Its beneficial effects on the human body have been researched well, but coffee as a whole is a complex beverage. Some studies argue that decaf and caffeinated coffee may have the same health effects, suggesting it’s not the caffeine that’s responsible for most of coffee’s health benefits. What we do know though is that we love coffee and so do you, so here are 8 positive benefits of coffee*:
1. Coffee boosts your physical performance.
Have a cup of black coffee about an hour before a workout and your performance can improve by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood which is your body’s “fight or flight” hormone and helps you to prepare for physical exertion.
2. Coffee may help you on your weight loss journey and prevent Type II diabetes.
Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the human body regulate blood sugar levels and thereby reducing your craving for too many sugary treats and snacks! Caffeine also decreases your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes - win win!
3. Coffee could help you burn fat.
Studies suggest that caffeine could help your body break down fat cells through increasing the amount of energy you burn when resting, now that’s my kind of workout!
4. Coffee can help you focus and stay alert.
Moderate caffeine intake (up to 4 cups a day) boosts the brain’s production of a neurochemical known as dopamine, which controls the ability to focus and maintain concentration, improving your mental alertness.
5. Coffee lowers risk of sudden health issues.
Studies have shown that coffee drinker’s overall risk of health issues and premature death is 25% lower than of those who don’t drink coffee. For example, 2-4 cups a day is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, so keep drinking guys!
6. Coffee may reduce risk of some cancers.
A study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20%, and endometrial cancer in women by 25%. People in the test group drank four cups of coffee a day.
7. Coffee protects your body.
Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants that work as little warriors fighting and protecting against free radicals within your body - that’s a nice thought!
8. Coffee can protect your brain against cognitive impairments.
The chemical products of dark roasted coffee beans, whether decaf or caffeinated, inhibit the toxic proteins that are key factors in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. So find a dark roast coffee you love and drink it everyday - your brain will thank you for it!
While we’re all cooped up at home, it’s essential we get out for fresh air and a change of scenery, so going on a walk and getting a coffee not only allows you to stretch your legs, it also allows you to take advantage of all the health benefits of coffee while supporting local independent cafes and coffee shops.
Coffy allows you to do this while saving money with our subscription packages. Starting at just £5 a month, you can prepay for a certain amount of coffees that suits your lifestyle and explore your local area’s coffee shops!
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