The many perks of drinking coffee

Drinking coffee in moderation has its benefits. Here are seven ways in which coffee helps improve health

Cup of coffee with coffee beans

Are you one of those coffee lovers who is often receiving criticism for drinking insane amounts of it? Well, you will be happy to know that drinking coffee in moderation is not bad. In fact, it might even be good for your health.

We’ve put together a list of benefits that coffee offers. And for non-coffee drinkers thinking this does not apply to them, think again. Energy drinks, tea [even green tea] and most chocolates too contain caffeine.

1. Coffee can boost your workout sessions

Caffeine may trigger release of adrenaline, a hormone that prepares you for physical exertion. It keeps you alert and also helps in performance. Drinking a cup of black coffee an hour before your workout will help increase your endurance and make you perform better. This can also reduce the soreness you feel after a strenuous workout. Coffee also helps to break down body fat and make it available as fuel.

2. Drinking coffee could reduce feelings of depression

Depression is a serious mental health disorder; we’re in no way suggesting you can cure it with a few cups of coffee. But coffee does have active ingredients that stimulate the nervous system and boost production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. These play a huge role in elevating your mood and keeping you happy. In a study carried out by Harvard school of Public Health it was observed that coffee had reduced the risk of suicide by 50 per cent.

3. It helps you stay attentive

People who consume 200 milligrams of ground coffee or, for instance, the 8oz cup of coffee in Starbucks, have a higher recall level. It improves various aspects of brain functioning such as memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels and your general cognitive function.

4. It may boost your weight loss efforts

As mentioned earlier, caffeine helps to burn fat and that’s the reason why it is a major ingredient in fat burning supplements. Black coffee without sugar is really effective. Of course, drinking coffee must be combined with a healthy diet and exercise. If you’re adding milk, cream or sugar to your coffee with a donut on the side, your weight loss will remain a pipe dream.

5. Coffee may safeguard you from Alzheimer’s and Dementia

A regular habit of drinking up to four cups of coffee a day from the age of 40 years can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Continuous caffeine consumption can help reduce cognitive decline in older adults.

6. The benefits of coffee for skin

Word of caution

  • Your intake should be limited to four cups a day.
  • Avoid drinking coffee if you are pregnant, have heart diseases or are caffeine sensitive.

Cosmetic companies have woken up to the benefits of coffee because it makes your skin look flawless and reduce cellulite. It is one of the popular ingredients in skin care products. The antioxidants that are present in coffee can help eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. It is also used in scrubs and soaps and has several benefits such as diminishing dark circles, skin softening and skin brightening.

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7. Caffeine can reduce the risk of developing cancer

This Cup-of-Joe can help reduce the risk of various oral and throat cancers. Adults who consume about four cups of coffee daily are less likely to fall prey to this treacherous disease. Decaf may have a weaker or slower effect.

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