Coffee is a popular drink worldwide, with around 2 billion cups being drank everyday.
Some countries drink more than others, for example, did you know that 75% of Australian’s have at least one cup of coffee every day? Whereas, 64% of Americans have at least one cup of coffee. Whilst the Finnish consume 12kg of coffee per person, each year.
Check out what science has to say about the many health benefits of drinking coffee.
Over the years, coffee has had a bad and a good name, some people believe that drinking too much coffee can cause anxiety and agitation. Whilst others believe that drinking 8 cups of coffee could actually lead to a longer life.
Whatever you believe, you need to check out these 6 benefits of drinking coffee, as backed-up by science:
- Coffee can boost energy levels
Coffee can boost your energy levels and make you feel less tired because of the caffeine in it.
The caffeine enters your bloodstream and goes to your brain, where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. Other neurotransmitters also increase, which leads to an increased neuron firing, which helps to keep you more awake and alert.
- Coffee can help you burn fat
Coffee can actually help you lose weight, because caffeine has a natural substance in it that helps to burn fat. Several studies have shown that caffeine can boost your metabolism by 3-11%.
- Coffee contains essential nutrients
If you are guilty of not consuming enough nutrients during the day, then coffee might be able to help with that.
In one single cup of coffee, there is Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Manganese and potassium, and magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3). Although the amounts found in one cup aren’t massive, it all helps and adds up if you drink more than one cup of coffee a day.
- Coffee could lower your risk of developing diabetes
Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people all over the world, but science says that drinking coffee might help to lower your risk of developing the disease.
Some studies have shown that those who drank coffee had a 23-50% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Whilst other studies found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing diabetes by up to 67%.
- Coffee could prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia affect hundreds of thousands of people and there is no known cure.
However, there are several ways you can lower your risk of developing this neurodegenerative disease, such as by eating healthy, exercising, and drinking coffee. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimers.
- Coffee can help you fight depression
Coffee can also be good for your mental health, as some studies have found that coffee drinkers were less likely to experience depression.
A Havard study found that women who drank 4 cups of coffee a day, reduced their risk of developing depression by 20%. So for the love of staying happy, get yourself a coffee!
Not only does drinking coffee benefit your physical health, it can also benefit your mental health, so stick the kettle on and treat yourself to a little cup of heaven, or several cups of heaven.