Despite being one of the most popular drinks in the world, coffee can often get quite a lot of bad press. More often than not, this is related to studies on drinking in excess since coffee does actually have a great number of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.
Lets take a look at the top 5 benefits for guilt-free coffee drinking!
Can improve Energy Levels
Let's start with an obvious one, coffee enhances energy levels and this is because it contains the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine. (1)
After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your blood stream and gets to work. It begins by blocking the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine.
However, caffeine does not stop there. Many studies on humans have shown various improvements in brain function. Such as:
- memory and mood
- energy levels
- reaction times
- general mental function
Can improve physical performance
This fight-or-flight hormone, prepares your body for intense physical exertion.
So if you’re looking for a big boost to your workout session, have a strong coffee 30 mins before.
Can Help You Burn Fat
Leading on from physical performance, coffee also plays a key part in other aspects of fitness and health. There have been many studies to show that coffee can have positive affects on fat burning.
In almost every fat burning supplement you’ll find caffeine and with good reason. Caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3% - 11% which aids fat burning. (13).
As well as increasing your metabolic rate, due to its thermogenic properties, other studies have found it can increase fat burning by up to 10%! (14)
Coffee Is Packed with Essential Nutrients
Many of the nutrients in coffee beans make their way into the finished brewed coffee.
A single cup of coffee contains (15):
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
- Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
- Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
Though this may not seem like a big deal, most people enjoy several cups per day which means a lot of these vitamins and minerals will add up and as we all know, every little helps!
The Most Important Source of Antioxidants in the Western Diet
For most of us eating a standard Western diet, coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of our diet.
In fact, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet so drink in moderation and without guilt!