For many people, coffee is the ultimate favorite beverage. But apart from being a tasty drink which gives you a push when you start your morning in a sleepy mode, coffee is actually very healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. Need more reasons to start drinking coffee? Here are 5 healthy reasons to drink coffee.
1. Burns Fat: Did you know that caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement? That is because caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
2. Enhances Your Mood: Caffeine in the coffee has been proven to be good in increasing dopamine, a chemical which is produced in the brain. This chemical is basically known as a “feel good” chemical and as such, imbibing a few cups of coffee every day will help you feel less depressed and much happier. In fact, a cup of coffee early in the morning or after work will go a long way in improving your mood and keeping you happy.
3. May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is a gigantic health problem, currently afflicting about 300 million people worldwide. For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease, one study showing a reduction as high as 67%.
4. Contains Amazing Nutrients: Coffee is a good source of essential nutrients. Some of the nutrients found in the body include manganese, Vitamins B5, B3 and B2, Potassium and magnesium. Amazingly, coffee is also a good source of antioxidants which your body requires in order to fight destructive free radicals responsible for different diseases including cancer.
5. Improves Physical Performance: Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. But caffeine also increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion. Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. Given these effects, it is not surprising to see that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11-12%, on average.