When you think of morning, what do you picture?
Most likely, it’s something like getting ready for the day, fixing yourself some breakfast, and, of course, pouring your morning cup of coffee.
For many people, a morning cup of coffee is a comforting ritual that signifies the start of a new day and gives them the energy to start that new day, for me as well.
But do you know nutritional benefits of coffee?
There are two main factors that could be considered benefits to drinking coffee. The first is associated with its high antioxidant status. Antioxidants are important for health as they prevent our cells from being oxidised by toxins, chemicals and inflammation.
The second is the stimulant caffeine, although this also presents potential risk factors if consumed in excessive amounts and for certain people who may be vulnerable to its effects (see below). Coffee, in addition, does contain some B vitamins, magnesium and potassium.
Benefits of coffee
These are the 5 best science-backed reasons you should have your coffee—and drink it, too.
- Coffee reduces fatigue.
Caffeine in the coffee blocks certain receptors on brain cells, which is how coffee has its stimulating “wake-up” effect. Research has proven that consuming 140 to 400 mg of caffeine 30 to 60 minutes before exercising can improve both speed and endurance. What a way to make your workout easier!
Caffeine slightly increases your heart and breathing rate by stimulating your nervous system. This prepares your body for peak performance. It also facilitates muscle contraction blocking the adenosine receptors attached to muscle fibres. This triggers electrical activity that prompts bigger bursts of calcium.
Additionally, caffeine, when mixed with carbs, can replenish muscle glycogen concentrations faster after exercise. Hence, caffeine is often used in energy drinks to increase stamina.
- Helps to boost metabolism.
Coffee helps to boost the metabolism at a moderate rate and that it may help the body to burn fat, both during activity and when resting. Regular coffee drinkers often report a decrease in appetite, resulting in weight loss. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with it! 300-400 milligrams of caffeine in any form (cola, tea, or coffee) is enough.
- Helps to fight against diabetes.
Coffee may lower the risk of developing TYPE 2 diabetes and there are proven methods of reducing your risk include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a varied and balanced diet, and exercising regularly.
- Promotes mental fitness.
Caffeine increases the level of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This is associated with attention, concentration, learning and memory. Hence, it has a positive effect on memory and cognitive function. All in all, caffeine is excellent for our brain health.
- Reduces Cellulite
Caffeine present in skin care products can dehydrate fatty cells. This results in the water disappearing from the surface of your skin. This minimizes the appearance of cellulite, thus providing you with a smoother skin.
Research at the University of Sao Paulo has proven that the application of skin cream containing caffeine reduced the size of cellulite fat cells by 17%. A number of anti-cellulite creams are available that can decrease the appearance of cellulite. Another way to use caffeine is to add ground or instant coffee to regular body scrub at home.
- Treatment Of Hair Loss
Men often experience hair loss due to the effects of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which affects susceptible hair follicles. Consequently, these follicles become smaller and finally disappear, causing baldness. This process, known as miniaturization of the hair follicles, adversely affects the growth phases of hair.
Caffeine, when applied topically, penetrates into the hair roots and stimulates them. Besides preventing male baldness and hair loss, it stimulates the hair roots in the scalps of women and triggers stronger hair growth.
For caffeine to be effective, allow the caffeine-containing shampoo to stay on your scalp for two minutes so that it can penetrate the hair roots.
How much coffee is enough?
All of that caffeine can lead to caffeine dependency can also be termed as addiction. If you drink coffee or beverages that contain caffeine every day, you may suffer from caffeine withdrawal symptoms.
Caffeine is associated with many side effects, including:
- sleep disturbances
- acid reflux
- muscle twitching
- cardiovascular problems
- bodily pain
- social difficulties
- difficulty concentrating
- thought disturbances
Caffeine is especially dangerous in adolescents and children.
But how can we limit coffee intake to make sure we don’t overdo it.
You can try these steps to lower your dependence on caffeine:
- Increase your water intake. Water helps to control so many diseases. We should intake at least 7-8 glasses of water every day.
- Replace one coffee drink a day with a caffeine-free option. For example, if you normally drink three cups of coffee in the morning, try swapping one of those for a herbal tea or hot water with lemon.
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It’s a natural stimulant for your body and central nervous system.
How many types of coffee are there?
Green Coffee Bean
Green coffee extract is an extract of unroasted, green coffee beans. Green coffee extract has been used as a weight-loss supplement and as an ingredient in other weight-loss products. Please let me know in comments below if you want me to write a complete blog post about its pros and cons.
We often have addition to so many things in our life and we miss often miss to notice them. Check out here in my last post, if you have an addiction to sugar.
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I would say: Drink coffee but don’t overdo it!