IMPROVE ENERGY LEVELS AND MAKE YOU SMARTER
The stimulant effects of coffee mostly from the caffeine, make it the most used psychoactive substance in the world. The caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain. The amount of other neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine and dopamine, actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. Trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.
Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement. Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. Studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%; increase the burning of fat by up to 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people, however, it is possible that these effects will diminish with long-term coffee use.
IMPROVE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. But is also increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion. Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. Having a cup of coffee about 30 minutes before a workout has been shown to improve physical performance by 11-20%.
COFFEE CONTAINS ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Coffee is a lot more than just black water. Coffee beans are loaded with nutrients and many of these actually make it into your cup. A single cup of coffee contains: Riboflaven (Vitamin B12): 11% RDA; Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% RDA; Manganese and Potassium: 3% RDA; Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% RDA. They may not seem like much but most people drink more than one cup per day and these amounts can add up.
LOWER TYPE II DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes currently afflicts about 300 million people worldwide. It is characterized by elevated blood sugars in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a 23-50% reduced risk of getting this disease, with one study showing a reduction as high as 67%. A massive review looking at the data from 18 studies involving almost 458,000 individuals, showed that each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
PROTECTS AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DIMENTIA
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide, usually affecting people over 65. Besides eating healthy and exercising, drinking coffee may be effective as well. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.