You have a passion for coffee? You’re on the right track.
Ah, coffee! The secret ingredient that helps us go through a whole day of work or an entire night of study. It is true that there are people that don’t prefer coffee, but those who do, not only that they prefer it, they enjoy it so badly that one coffee a day just isn’t enough. Some specialists may say that abusing coffee consumption can affect one’s health on the long term. On the contrary, others agree that drinking coffee with moderation (up to 3 cups a day) can positively influence our physical, mental and even social status. Therefore, here are some of the benefits that we love in drinking coffee:
Physical effort boost
There is a straightforward relation between coffee consumption and the capacity of making physical effort. As it stimulates the nervous system, the caffeine increases the level of adrenaline in blood and prepares the body for intense physical effort. It can actually improve physical performance with 11-12%. Therefore, drinking one coffee 30 minutes before training can bring upon a refreshing and an energizing effect upon the body, while preventing muscular exhaustion.
Many people drink coffee for its property to stimulate memory and concentration. Moreover, tests that were taken upon coffee consumers and non-consumers revealed the fact that reflexes, verbal memory and visual rationality were better performing for the first category than for the latter. As a matter of fact, women over 80 years old that consumed coffee all their life took cognitive related testes and scored better than the ones that didn’t. This has a logical explanation as roasted coffee beans protect neuronal cells from dying (as they naturally do while aging).
Studies undertaken by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee reveal that coffee contains bioactive compounds that present antioxidant properties. On the account of this miraculous feature, caffeine can prevent you from having diabetes and improve liver functionality. Moreover, the antioxidants contained by coffee forecloses cell destruction, therefore preventing the appearance of cardiovascular illnesses. However, don’t push the limit on coffee consumption, as drinking more than 2-3 cups a day can affect the heart muscles.
A nutritive drink
A single cup of coffee contains essential nutritive substances, such as:
- Vitamin B2 (improves eyesight and prevent physical exhaustion)
- Vitamin B5 (improves the immunity system, prevent diabetes, stress and anxiety)
- Potassium (positive results upon heart and brain muscles)
- Magnesium (improves digestive process and heart functionality)
Body shaping effect
It seems that drinking coffee can even help you lose weight. Consuming one cup of coffee after a meal stimulates saliva and gastric juice secretion while improving gastrointestinal transit, making aliments easier to digest. Moreover consuming 2 cups of coffee per day can help you burn out about 350 calories. However, this is not all you can do with coffee in order to maintain a perfect physique. Have you ever thought about what anti-cellulite creams are made of? Well, 80% of them contain caffeine and they are very efficient in eliminate the cellulite. As a matter of fact, you can prepare your own cream at home with the grounds leftover from 2 coffee cups, a bit of pepper and olive oil. The coffee eliminates dead cells, pepper increases blood circulation, while olive oil hydrates and gives skin a certain glow.