Coffee Is One of the Healthiest Drinks

Coffeescale   Despite being criticized in the past, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages you can drink.  Perhaps you’ve just enjoyed this dark-colored liquid for it’s taste and to help you stay alert and awake without thinking whether it’s healthy or unhealthy.

Coffee actually contains hundreds of various compounds (caffeine is just one), some of which have important health benefits.  Many of these compounds are antioxidants which fight aging and common diseases like heart disease and cancer.

EIGHT REASONS COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU:

1.  Coffee can help you burn fat due to the fact that it stimulates the central nervous system, raising metabolism and increasing the oxidation of fatty acids.

2. Coffee can improve athletic performance by mobilizing fatty acids from fat tissues.  Studies have shown that caffeine increases exercise performance on average of 11 – 12%.

3. Coffee can make you smarter.  Caffeine blocks the inhibitory effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine and actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and increases the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

4. Studies have shown that coffee is associated with a lower risk of Type II Diabetes.  A review of 18 studies with over 450,000 participants showed that each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%.

5. Coffee appears to lower the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.  Cirrhosis is the last stage of liver damage caused by diseases such as alcoholism and hepatitis.

6. Coffee may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a lower risk of Parkinson’s by 32 – 60%.

7. Several studies show that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t.  One study showed that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death was, with the optimal amount being 4 – 5 cups per day.  This resulted in men having a 12 percent reduced risk and women having a 16
% reduction.

8.  Coffee is a major source of antioxidants and contains a respectable amount of several vitamins and minerals including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (B3), Thiamine (B1), potassium and Manganese.

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