6 Coffee Health Benefits To Rub In Your Caffeine-Free Friends Face

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Worldwide, coffee is the most popular beverage with billions of cups consumed throughout the year. It’s an integral part of our everyday lives. A cup of coffee is a “good morning” when we wake up, a great networking excuse at work and a consolation in difficult times. Have you ever wonder what coffee provides to our body besides stimulation?

 

1. Nutritional value

Coffee (without adding sugar or milk) has no calories or fat. For every teaspoon of sugar you add in your cup, you should calculate about 20 calories, and for each tablespoon of cream, about 50 calories.

The most important components of coffee are polyphenols, which are antioxidants, caffeine and some inorganic salts. According to a Swiss study, published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” coffee has a higher antioxidant activity compared with other beverages (e.g., tea, cocoa). These antioxidants are found in all kinds of coffee, even in instant and decaf, but their amounts vary depending on the origin of coffee and blends. On average a cup (150 ml) of coffee contains 120 mg of polyphenols.

 

2. Lifts your spirits

According to results of a study conducted in 50,000 women with an average age of 63 and published in the journal “Archives of Internal Medicine,” scientists observed that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of depression by 20 percent. Also, the European Food Safety Authority EFSA recently confirmed that consuming 75 mg of caffeine (amount attributable to one cup of instant coffee) is associated with increased attention and readiness.

 

3. Scores in performance

Due to the stimulation effect of caffeine, coffee is considered to enhance athletic performance and increase stamina during exercise. Research findings show that the benefits of caffeine are considerable mainly in aerobic activities and strength training with a long duration (e.g. cycling, running) and in team sports, like football. Scientists believe that caffeine affects the cerebral cortex, and also the activation of fatty acid oxidation in muscles.

 

4. Helps in weight loss

Coffee seems to have a positive influence on the regulation of body weight. Scientists argue that this effect is due to one of its components called mannooligosaccharides (say that ten times fast) that affects energy balance. More specifically, these complex carbohydrates contributes to reducing lipogenesis and increasing the oxidation of the fat. In other words, coffee helps you burn more calories. However, it is not clear yet whether the action of mannooligosaccharides (yes it’s a real word) differs between the genders

 

5. Protects against cancer

A clinical study conducted by the National Cancer Institute and Harvard University in Boston showed that coffee has a beneficial effect against prostate cancer. Men aged 40 and 75 who consumed one to three cups of coffee a day had a 29 percent less risk of disease progression compared to those who drank no coffee. Researchers attribute this action to the anti-inflammatory effect of antioxidants in coffee.

 

6. Ugly Health Issues

Finally, according to studies by the Harvard School of Public Health, coffee shows protective action against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver problems.

 

The Safe Amount?

For healthy adults, the daily intake of caffeine should not exceed 400 mg, while susceptible population groups, such as pregnant women, it is advised not to drink more than one cup of coffee per day. Excessive consumption, always

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