Among the most popular beverages in the world is Coffee. Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino and it goes on… But along with healing the mind it also benefits the body. Coffee has antioxidant properties and many beneficial nutrients. So here are the top 10 benefits of coffee.
1. Coffee helps to burn fats
Yes, you heard it right! Coffee actually helps to burn body fats. Caffeine is one of the main content of coffee which helps to reduce fat. Also Theobromine, Theophylline, and Chlorogenic acid help to metabolize fat and converts it into energy. Thus drinking coffee makes one feel refreshed and helps in increasing one’s stamina as energy is produced by the break down of fat.
2. Coffee helps to reduce weight
Well, again yes! Since caffeine metabolizes the fat it helps the body to lose weight and increase its metabolic rate. It also decreasing appetite which leads to less food intake. It also increases the body’s stamina. Thus fitness experts prefer drinking coffee before and after gyming and exercising as it also helps fight fatigue and enhances the mood.
3. Coffee may lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
With the increasing strenuous lifestyle of today’s world, disorders like diabetes, hypertension are very common. Type 2 Diabetes shows increased blood sugar levels which are caused by insulin resistance or Low secretion of insulin. Researches say that people who drink coffee are at a lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes. But also the amount of sugar added in your coffee matters.
4. Coffee lowers the rate of skin aging
Studies show a high amount of antioxidants in coffee as compared to any other fruit or vegetable. Due to the antioxidant properties of coffee, it can be used in making face masks and face scrubs. Antioxidants reduce oxidation of the skin. Reduced oxidation leads to less wearing of the skin and it tightens the skin. Hence it reduces the rate of skin aging and skin loosening. It works well on cellulite and skin cancer.
5. Coffee may lower the risk of cancer
Cancer is nothing but uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. Coffee being antioxidant in nature lowers the risk of cancer too. Liver cancer is the third most common cancer in the world after that comes colon cancer. Many kinds of research show that coffee reduces 40% chances of liver and colorectal cancer.
6. Coffee reduces the chance of depression
Mind, mood, mental health, mood swings – different words but the meaning is the same. Depression has become a serious problem in the current world of increasing competition. A Harvard University experiment showed that women who drank more than 4 cups of coffee were less depressed than women who did not drink coffee or have less amount of it.
7. Coffee may reduce the risk of heart diseases
As coffee reduces the fat content of the body by metabolizing it and also it enhances the mood and reduces the chance of depression. Both fat and stress are among the major causes of heart stroke and many other heart diseases. So coffee reduces the chances of heart stroke and heart diseases. But this can be subjective too because few studies also showed that coffee increases blood pressure.
8. Coffee may reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s disease
The most common among the degenerative diseases is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the low levels of dopamine in the brain and the degeneration of neurons. This degenerative disease is incurable but it can be prevented. Several researchers proved that drinking coffee reduces up to 65% chances of Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Coffee may reduce the chances of Parkinson’s disease
After Alzheimer’s disease, the second most common is Parkinson’s disease. Like Alzheimer’s it can only be prevented as there is no cure. An experiment to prove this fact showed that participants who drink decaf showed no change while the participants who drank coffee showed a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease.
10. Beneficial nutrient content of coffee
A cup of coffee contains-
11% of Riboflavin (vitamin B2),
3% of Manganese,
3% of Potassium,
2% of Niacin (vitamin B3),
6% of Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5),
Trace amounts of Sodium.
Such small amounts of nutrients may not be sufficient but enjoying several cups of coffee can fulfill the needs of the body.