For millions of Americans, their morning just doesn’t start until they take that first warm sip of coffee. While many consider this nothing more than a means of waking up, did you know that this morning ritual has some serious health benefits? While the exact benefits of coffee are continually being researched, researchers and physicians are agreeing on one thing: coffee does far more than evict the Sandman from your mind.
Benefit #1: Increase in Mood, Energy and Cognitive Function
It’s no secret that coffee increases your energy, but did you know that its benefits delve far deeper than a quick pick-me-up? While coffee is known to help you feel less sleepy and increase your overall function due to the fact that caffeine is absorbed by the bloodstream and is able to pass the blood-brain barrier. Caffeine boosts your energy and mood by blocking chemicals, known as adenosine, which are responsible for making you feel tired and lethargic. Since these receptor sites are blocked, you receive a temporary boost in energy and performance. Since adenosine is unable to bind with its receptor sites, studies have confirmed a cup of coffee increases memory, energy, reaction times and overall mood.
Benefit #2: Reduce Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease
This neurodegenerative disease typically affects those over 65 years old and while there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, preliminary research has found the consumption of coffee may significantly reduce your likelihood of developing this condition. In fact, studies published by the “Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease” have found those who consume coffee, and other forms of caffeine, are up to 65-percent less likely to develop this terrible disease.
Benefit #3: Type-2 Diabetes Prevention
In several groundbreaking studies, researchers have found a direct connection between coffee consumption and the development of Type-2 diabetes. In fact, multiple studies have found those who consume at least two cups of coffee per day are much less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes; however, another study found those who consume seven or more cups of coffee per day are nearly twice as likely to develop this debilitating disease.
Benefit #4: Weight Loss
While this isn’t a necessarily unheard benefit, research has begun supporting this health benefit. The primary reason coffee is an effective weight loss aid is because of its primary stimulant, caffeine. According to several studies, caffeine has been found to increase your metobolic rate by three to 11-percent.
Perhaps the most significant evidence of this benefit was published in the “American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism” as well as in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” where researchers found the consumption of caffeine increases fat reduction by 10-percent in those who are obese and a whopping 29-percent in those who have leaner builds.