With an estimated 2.25 billion cups being consumed every day globally, coffee is by far the most popular hot drink in the world, which isn’t surprising at all given the fact that many people can’t even imagine their lives without at least one cup of coffee a day.
One sip of this magic drink and you are already over the moon. Your creative juices start flowing, your productivity skyrockets and you suddenly feel like you can conquer the world. With that said, it’s no wonder why coffee is considered by many to be the daily dose of pure happiness.
But did you know that drinking coffee on a daily basis also has numerous health benefits? That’s why today, in order to celebrate International Coffee Day 2018, we’ll be going over 5 reasons why coffee is actually good for your health. So without further ado, let’s hop right into it..
1. Coffee can help burn fat
As you are very well aware of, coffee contains caffeine and caffeine has been shown to boost your metabolic rate by 3-11% thus dramatically increasing your fat burning potential. Moreover, caffeine also can help mobilize fat from the fat tissue by sending direct signals to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat.
Studies have also shown that the rate of fat being burned while drinking caffeine can improve by 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean individuals. So if you are a coffee lover trying to lose weight, this might just be the best news ever.
2. Coffee helps you exercise better
Not only does caffeine boost your metabolism, but it’s also one of the most effective supplements for improving physical performance. In fact, research has shown that drinking coffee causes a spike in adrenaline and an increase in exercise performance by approximately 11-12% on average. And according to a study conducted by Coventry University, having a cup of coffee an hour before a competitive running race could improve performance times by 2%.
3. Coffee can boost your brain power
Here’s some good news for everyone who likes their coffee with sugar. It turns out that the combination of caffeine and glucose activates certain sectors of your brain and acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system.
Besides, thanks to caffeine, the world’s most commonly consumed psychoactive substance, drinking coffee can enhance the firing of neurons in the brain which triggers the release of adrenalin. It has also been shown that caffeine improves various brain functions including mood, energy levels, reaction time, memory, attention, concentration and general cognitive function.
4. It contains an incredible amount of antioxidants
Scientists have identified approximately a thousand different antioxidants in the coffee bean alone. These antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body. As such, they play a crucial role in cancer prevention and they also help improve your liver, heart and digestive system.
What’s even more interesting, however, is that studies have shown that many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined. With that in mind, natural freshly ground coffee can easily be considered as one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Instant coffee, on the other hand, not so much, as it contains more chemical additives and fewer nutrients.
5. Coffee actually reduces stress
Despite the popular belief, coffee does, in fact, reduces stress. It does so by stimulating the release of dopamine and serotonin, which, as you all know, trigger a good mood. So much so that even just a smell of coffee can instantly make you happy which could explain the lower risk of depression among coffee drinkers!