I don’t know about you, but for me coffee is one of the simple pleasures that I like to enjoy on a daily basis. And just in case you feel the same way, I thought I would share with you some of the health benefits that drinking coffee in moderation can bring!
Energy boost - Okay, so this one is quite obvious and probably plays a key role in why many of us love our morning coffee. But the caffeine from coffee works as an adenosine repressor which means that other neurotransmitters such as dopamine can build up and we experience a pleasant little energy boost!
Stimulates cognitive function - The caffeine found in coffee is actually considered a psychoactive substance, which means that it alters that way your brain is functioning. It works to help you not only retain and store information, but also recall it as well. So drinking coffee might actually make you smarter!
Speed up your metabolism - Coffee also works to speed your metabolism. The caffeine raises your body's temperature which in turn increases your metabolism helping your feel energised and burn calories.
Nutritional boost - It isn’t just the caffeine in coffee that is appealing, there are also several other nutritional benefits in each cup, such as antioxidants. Others include:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- Manganese and Potassium
- Magnesium and Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Supports liver health - The main metabolite from caffeine found in coffee is paraxanthine, which is believed to suppress the connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) which is associated with the progression of specific liver diseases such as cancer, fibrosis and cirrhosis. So drinking coffee could be helping support a healthy liver!
Supports heart health - Even though a strong cup of coffee will cause a slight increase in the blood pressure in someone who isn’t used to caffeine, studies are now showing that the caffeine in coffee is actually supporting your heart's health.
May protect against specific illnesses - Numerous studies have indicated caffeine's role in helping prevent or slow the onset of specific diseases such as; Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, dementia, specific cancers, heart disease and stroke.
As with everything moderation is key and of course too much of anything is not good for you! So when I make reference to ‘drinking in moderation’, I am referring to 1-2 average sized cups per day.