The Three Major Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

If you are a Kafexpress coffee nut, then you probably already know that the stuff has a lot of health benefits. You might have even tried to explain to people just how good coffee can be for you.  But if you are not too familiar with all the ways that drinking coffee can help your body, here is a list of things you will find in that simple little bean that are actually good for.

CAFFEINE

Lets get one thing straight: caffeine is not a nutrient. You probably thought this list was going to contain only things like vitamins and minerals but caffeine is actually good for you too.  First of all, caffeine is a stimulant: it open the blood vessels and that increases blood flow, circulation. This makes you feel more alert but also gives you more energy.  But as an actual stimulant (not just one that give you a jolt or a buzz), drinking coffee can help to boost your metabolism and might even contribute to fat burning (up to 10 percent for those who are obese but nearly 30 percent in people who are mostly lean).

While caffeine stimulates the neurons to send signals to fat cells to break them down, it has also been found to increase the abundance of epinephrine in the blood stream.  In the brain, caffeine also blocks the uptake of Adenosine; this is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that raises concentrations of both dopamine and norepinephrine.

NUTRIENTS

So, yes, we have to talk about the nutrients you can get from drinking coffee. On the whole, a single serving of coffee provides:

  • 2% RDA of Magnesium and Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • 3% RDA of Manganese and Potassium
  • 6% RDA of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
  • 11% RDA of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

And most people drink more than one cup of coffee per day; so, you do the math.

REDUCED HEALTH RISKS

Finally, you will appreciate that drinking coffee actually helps to reduce your risks for developing many age-related diseases.  While studies are somewhat inconclusive and inconsistent, there is evidence that coffee could help improve risk outcomes for

  • Stroke
  • depression
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Cancer (various)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • cirrhosis

And all of this equates to, potentially, a 30 percent lower risk of death, overall.

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