There are many health benefits of coffee that you might not be familiar with and while there are many foods that we should cut from our diet, coffee… well, coffee shouldn’t be one of them. If you are not quite ready to give up your morning coffee, here are a few reasons not to give up your daily fix just yet.
Coffee can help you burn fats
Did you know that almost every weight loss product contains caffeine? Well, there is a good reason for that. Caffeine in coffee can increase our metabolic rate up to 13%, and other studies show that it can increase the fat burning process by 10% in overweight people and 29 % in slender people. Well, that’s a good argument for the health benefits of coffee already… but why stop there?
Coffee has essential nutrients
A cup of coffee contains many nutrients that are essential to our body. A single cup can have:
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
This might look a small portion, but if you are a coffee lover and do not find it easy to avoid the temptation of drinking 3 or 4 cups a day, if you do the maths, it’s a pretty good amount.
Coffee lowers your risk of Type II Diabetes
Type II diabetes is a disease that about 300 million people worldwide suffer from. It is characterised by high blood sugar in the context of insulin resistance, or through it not being secreted in our bodies.
Coffee drinkers, however, have a reduced risk of getting Type II Diabetes. Studies show that being a coffee drinker reduces your chances of developing diabetes by 23- 50% with some others claiming it reduces the risks to 67%. And just by drinking a single cup, you can reduce the chances by 7%.
Coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Another of the benefits of coffee is its effects against Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is an incurable neurological disease that leads to dementia. It is associated with people aged 65 or above. Studies show that coffee may reduce your chances of getting Alzeimer’s by as much as 67%.
Coffee has a protective effect on liver
The liver is an organ that plays significant functions in our body. Various conditions can affect your liver, some like the fatty liver disease, and hepatitis can lead to liver cirrhosis in which scar tissues replace your liver. One of the health benefits of coffee is that it can prevent a hardening of the liver.
The good news for dedicated coffee lovers is that being a coffee drinker and taking 4 or more cups a day can reduce the chances of your liver getting the disease by up to 80%.