Most people have a love/ hate relationship with coffee.
Me personally, I love the black stuff.
But every now and again I like to go cold turkey to prove I don’t have to depend on my caffeine fix.
The debate over whether caffeine is good or bad for you is nothing new.
Would you believe the humble coffee bean has been blamed for causing impotence and madness, as well as being heralded as a cure for laziness.
The key ingredient is of course caffeine.
It’s the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
But their is more to your morning cup of joe than just the additional get up and go most of us rely on it for.
Here are 12 health benefits to drinking coffee…
Of course the obvious one is it can help boost physical performance.
It does this by increasing adrenaline levels in your blood which in turn gets you ready for physical exertion.
And it can help you lose weight – yes really.
It has magnesium and potassium in it which helps us use insulin.
This regulates blood sugar levels and stops you wanting sweet treats.
It can also help you burn fat – it does this by breaking down fat cells break down body fat to use as fuel during training.
That Americano can also help you stay focused and alert.
Here’s a big reason to be best friends with your barista – it lowers risk of death – studies have indicated regular coffee drinkers have a 25 per cent lower risk of death than those who don’t touch it.
It can also reduce the risk of cancers – specifically, according to studies, prostrate cancer in men by 20 per cent, and endometrial cancer in women by 25 per cent.
Caffeine may also prevent developing of basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer.
Do the benefits of this drink know no bounds?
It also reduces risk of stroke. Reasonable consumption of coffee (2–4 cups a day) is associated with lower risk of stroke.
The black stuff reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease according to studies, which have shown that regular coffee drinking decreases risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25 per cent.
And another no -brainer reason to keep on with your caffeine fix is it protects the your grey matter.
High levels of caffeine reduce Alzheimer disease and dementia.
That espresso also contains a lot of antioxidants, which fight and protect against free radicals within your body.
Other health benefits include lowering the risk of Type II diabetes by decreasing your insulin sensitivity and impairing glucose tolerance.
It can brighten your mood, and help fight depression.
It does this through caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, making you a much more happy chappy.
Just two cups of coffee a day has been found to prevent risk of suicide by 50 %.
Whose up for a latte? Me definitely!
If you want more drink tips – here’s why you should never drink diet soda.
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