Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and comes from the plant Coffea. It is brewed from the seeds or beans of the coffee cherry, a purple fruit that grows on the coffee plant. The most common grown type of coffee are arabica and robusta, both of which are grown in India. Many recent studies have shown there to be a variety of health benefits emanating from drinking coffee. It contains many vitamins and minerals, it has been associated with the prevention of certain diseases, its antioxidant effects are hugely beneficial to the body, and it improves our physical performance, burns fat and protects our liver.
1 . Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Coffee ingestion helps control the production of various hormones in the body which cause Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that increasing the consumption of coffee to more than a cup a day reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 11%.
2 . Reduces Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease
Studies have also shown an inverse relationship between the incidence of Parkinson disease and coffee or caffeine consumption. Parkinson’s patients may also find that caffeine helps control the movement or rigors they experience as a symptom of Parkinson’s.
3 . Reduces Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Coffee drinkers (3-5 cups a day) are 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease as compared with non-coffee drinkers.
4 . Protects Liver
Studies have shown that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day are 20% less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver, which is in turn caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
5 . Burns Fat
Caffeine helps burn fat by boosting your metabolism. A cup of coffee before a work out or a game of tennis enhances your performance. Coffee increases the fatty acids in your bloodstream which allows your muscles to burn more fat.
6. Fights Ageing
Coffee is rich in potassium, magnesium and niacin and antioxidants rich which prevent damage to the tissues and delay ageing.
7 . Prevents Cancers
Coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants which prevent cancerous cells from forming in the body, in fact studies have shown that coffee drinkers have less chances of getting liver and colorectal cancer.
It is important to remember that over consumption has its own set of health problems. Having more that 4 cups of coffee is associated with increased risk of hypertension, gastritis, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome,gout, incontinence and breast tissue cysts and infertility in women.So, remember to have coffee in moderation (2-3 cups) and avoid sugar to get the maximum benefits! Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!