I’m a massive fan of coffee. Personal favorite, iced cold brew. Next, I love cold espresso. But it doesn’t just taste good, coffee is actually good for you. That’s right! Here are 6 mind-blowing coffee health benefits that I want to share with you:
1. Coffee is America’s #1 source of antioxidants. These come in the form of polyphenols. While there are definitely foods that have higher levels of antioxidants, the frequency of coffee consumption in the US actually makes it our highest source of antioxidants. Scientists have found the relatively same amount of polyphenols in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, so whatever your choice, drink up.
2. Adding milk to coffee makes the antioxidants less bioavailable. The polyphenols that give coffee its great antioxidant value have a high affinity for protein. So when you add milk, which has a protein in it called casein, the polyphenols from the coffee bind with the casein, and become less available to you. So if you really value your antioxidants, skip the milk.
3. Coffee is a great source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is important to good health for a variety of reasons, particularly because it feeds the microbiota in your large intestine and ferments with important fatty acids like burette. Researchers found that an 8 ounce cup of coffee contains as much as 1.5 g of soluble fiber. And really, who drinks only 8 ounces? So, the average medium cup you get at your local coffee bar contains as much as 3 ounces of soluble fiber. The fiber in the coffee also helps fight oxidative stress which can have both cardioprotective and neurological benefits.
4. Coffee is really good for the brain. Most of us know that caffeine can bolster attention and focus. But caffeine also has an important effect on long term memory as researchers from John Hopkins University recently found out. The study found that caffeine has cognitive enhancing effects that can strengthen memories and make them resistant to forgetting. There’s also evidence that coffee has a neuroprotective effect which may be why for diseases like Parkinsons, there appears to be a vast reduction of risk for those who drink the most coffee.
5. Timing matters. Most of us wake up and go straight for the coffee maker. But it turns out that when we wake up, our cortisol levels, which are markers of stress, are the highest. This is because we need the cortisol to help us wake up and get out of bed. But having elevated levels of cortisol in conjunction with the caffeine in coffee can actually have a counterproductive impact to both the effect of caffeine and cortisol. Drinking coffee when your cortisol is elevated in the morning can cause an even higher amount of cortisol to be released by the adrenal glands, which can eventually result in adrenal fatigue. That’s why I recommend waiting an hour until your cortisol levels subside before you have your first cup of coffee
6. Maybe the most important-coffee can prevent your death! Researchers who studied coffee drinkers found that those who drank one cup a day had a 6 % reduced risk of early mortality. Those who drank 1-3 cups had 8% reduced risk. So, there you go – there are real coffee health benefits. Drink up for a long life!
Keep in mind though, I’m not recommending you drink 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day. You have to listen to your body, but the evidence is out there about coffee’s health benefits. So if coffee works for you, go ahead and enjoy it!
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