7 Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee

59% of Americans can’t get through a day without a dose of caffeine.  But there’s so much more than coffee than just the obvious jolt of energy that it gives – this beverage can boost your health in a number of seriously surprising ways.

If you want to know the amazing health benefits of coffee, just keep on reading.

1. Coffee can prevent chronic inflammation.

Many diseases that occur during old age are caused by age-associated inflammatory responses – Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, to name a few.

According to a new research, caffeine may be able to suppress systemic inflammation by blocking the effects of adenine and adenosine on immune cells.

2. Coffee can reduce blood sugar level.

Coffee contains a high amount of polyphenol called chlorogenic acid that has been shown to reduce blood sugar concentrations; which means that your cup of Joe can help you maintain healthy blood glucose levels and cuts your risk from acquiring Diabetes.

3. Coffee can prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means that it helps you to urinate more often.  Frequent urination can help flush your body of excess calcium and sodium that can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

4. Coffee can protect you from certain types of Cancers.

Again, coffee is rich in antioxidants that have anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties, which could prevent the development of tumors.

Recent Caffeine, Coffee and Cancer Studies

5. Coffee can improve memory.

When caffeine is absorbed in the bloodstream, it travels to the brain and blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine.  Once this happens, the amount of neurotransmitters increases which stimulates brain and results to an improvement in the brain function, thus improving your memory.  But aside from an improved memory, this effect can also protect you from degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

6. Coffee can boost your mood.

Your morning cup of coffee isn’t just an energy-booster but a mood-booster as well.  Coffee stimulates the production of neurotransmitters in the brain such as noradrenaline, serotonin and dopamine, which are all responsible in regulating our mood.

7. Coffee can help burn fat.

Last but not the least; it has fat-burning properties and components that can increase metabolism.  That’s the reason why “caffeine” is a very popular ingredient found in fat burning supplements.

Remember that coffee also has some drawbacks so make sure that you avoid drinking in excessive amounts.

About Toni Marie

Toni is a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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