Do you need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning? Some days we need a couple of cups before the day can really get going.
Sure, we know coffee as our favorite caffeine delivery system, but did you know that it could really have a positive impact on our health?
Studies have shown that it has some unexpected health benefits that will make you want to brew yourself another and get on with your day.
1. Boost your metabolism.
Caffeine can actually help boost your metabolic rate by up to 11%, which means your body will process foods much faster the more coffee you consume.
Often that is the reason coffee is offered after a meal.
2. Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A study involving over a million individuals showed that a significant coffee consumption (3-5 cups a day) could decrease the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular problems.
A Korean study showed that people were less likely to develop calcium deposits in their arteries, which could lead to clogging.
3. Gives you more energy.
This is the reason most of us can't start our morning without a cup of coffee. Caffeine releases adenosine in the brain which allows more neurons to be sent out at once. This leads to better focus, memory, and cognitive function, that we we experience after our morning drink.
4. It may decrease your risk of diabetes.
Coffee has been found to exponentially decrease the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that every additional cup of coffee could lead to an extra 7% decrease in the likelihood of diabetes, for a near 50% reduction in risk for heavy coffee drinkers. This doesn't necessarily apply to those who drink it double-double, so try cutting back on your sugar and increase your coffee intake.
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