It is a bit bitter but it prevents cavities, it serves your caffeine addiction and has tonnes of health benefits, it helps to urn fat and lose weight; Black coffee is a good (sorry, not sweet) medicine that can keep away a lot of other yucky medicines. First consumed in the 15th century, Black Coffee found its way from Arabia to Persia, Turkey and the rest of the world. People started adding milk and sugar to it in an attempt to improve its taste, but what they did not realize was that, like everything else, it was best in its truest form. Here are 20 health benefits of drinking Black coffee:
If you are following a diet to lose some weight but all efforts are in vain, here is something you should know. Potassium and Magnesium are two nutrients which help the human body to use insulin, reduce the sugar level in the blood and hence reduce the craving for sugar and sugary food. Now if you are overweight or are on the verge of obesity, staying away from sugar is going to do you a lot of good.
Lower Risk of Stroke
When the brain cells don’t get enough blood, they die and this death of the brain sells results in stroke. Studies have revealed that drinking coffee regularly reduces the risk of Stroke by 20%. The claim that caffeine increases blood pressure is true as well but the effect is only going to make a difference if you have already elevated blood pressure. Also the Myth that coffee increases risk of heart disease is not true.
Consuming coffee has been associated with reduction in oxidative damage by scientists. Oxidative damage is known to harm the DNA. Since coffee is rich in active compounds, those who consume it experience lesser breaks in the DNA strands in white blood cells. Hence coffee makes you stronger from the inside.
One cup of coffee contains :
Vitamin B2 – 11% of the RDA
Vitamin B5 – 6% of the RDA
Potassium and Manganese – 3% of the RDA
Vitamin B3 – 2% of the RDA
B2 will improve your skin, hair and nails, B3 will help you digest better and B5 will reduce your stress. Small amounts of these in one cup is not such a big deal but most people drink more than two cups of coffee every day. So simply multiply these figures with the number of cups of coffee you consume in a day and voila! holy water for the body is here!
More Fiber Intake
Fibers are necessary for the body and they are found only in the food that comes from plants. It is important to include some fibers in your diet and meats and dairy products cant help you with that. However, a cup of brewed black coffee contains up to 1.8 grams of fiber and in a day and the body requires at least 20-38 grams of fiber. So here you are!
Improve Energy Levels and Focus
Caffeine is one of the most commonly consumed psychoactive substances and everyone knows that coffee contains it. Caffeine gets absorbed in the bloodstream and reaches the brain where it blocks Adenosin. This blocking of the adenosin results in an increase in Norepinephrine and Dopamine which in turn increases the firing of the neurons and improves our energy and vigilance.
If you are serious about your health, you will realize how important our cardiovascular system is. The good news is, consuming 1-2 cups of coffee per day can significantly reduce the risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases. A Japanese study found that coffee reduced this risk by up to 38%. But of course, this does not excuse you from a cardio work-out but a little bit of cheating is always allowed.
A coffee break on a working day is what helps you to last till the evening. There is a reason why people feel rejuvenated after having a cup of coffee. Norwegian researchers found that those who consumed coffee during a normal work day reported their pain-intensity during a working day at 41 while those who didn’t, reported it at 55. So next time you have a headache, you know what to do!
Reduces Retinal Damage
If I told you that black coffee could keep your eyesight better for a longer time, you probably wont believe. here is the proof: Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant present in coffee which helps in preventing the degeneration of the retina. Researches were done on mice by treating their eyes with nitric acid which causes retinal degeneration by developing oxidative stress and free radicals. Those mice which were treated with Chlorogenic acid did not in fact report any damage.
One more benefit of Black Coffee is that it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay, according to Brazilian researchers. However, if milk or sugar are added, this effect does not take place. A US study by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs tracked the coffee consuming habits of 1,152 men in the time period of 1968-1998 and concluded that coffee provided protection from gum diseases. This means, if you are a foodie and lazy enough to not brush your teeth at least twice a day, include coffee in your diet or face problems later.
Reduces the risk of Gout
Coffee has a stimulating effect on the body because of caffeine and it is slightly acidic in nature (pH 5.0–5.1). Also, it is good for those who suffer from Gout. 4-5 cups of coffee per day reported 0.26 mg/dl lower serum uric acid and 6 or more cups per day reported 0.43 mg/dl lower serum uric acid levels as compared to no intake of coffee at all.
Antioxidants provide protective benefits to the body and if you are one of those who consume meat regularly, coffee is your best source of antioxidants. Drinking Black coffee reduces the risk of heart diseases, inflammation levels in the body and certain degenerative diseases. These antioxidants protect the body against free radicals and its level is higher than antioxidants present in wine, tea, fruits and vegetables.
A Harvard study concluded that people who consumed 4 or more cups of coffee in a day were less likely to suffer from depression by 20%. It is known to everyone that depression reduces the quality of life and it is also very common among the youth these days. Coffee stimulates the firing of the neurotransmitters which help in significantly improving the mood. It was also found that people consuming more than 4 cups of coffee each day were less likely to commit suicide by 53%.
Protects from Cirrhosis of the Liver
The Feb 2006 issue of the Harvard Health Reported that coffee can actually reduce the risk of developing alcohol related cirrhosis by a dose of mere 2 cups per day. Another research concluded that coffee could lower the liver enzyme levels. Now of course it is a better option to reduce your alcohol consumption, but there is this beautiful black beverage available as well!
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Eating right and exercising regularly is important for everyone. Add ‘Black Coffee’ to that list and all is well! Just like coffee protects us from a bunch of other diseases, it also protects us from Alzheimer’s Disease. It is a neuro-degenerative disease which normally affects people above 65 years of age and there is no cure for it. But there is a way to prevent it. Researches have shown that those who drink coffee regularly have up to 65% less risk of suffering from Alzheimer.
Helps to Burn Fats
Caffeine if present in almost all the commercial fat burning products. The reason behind this is that it helps to break down the fat cells in our body and help to use them as a fuel for training. It also plays a role in improving your metabolism by 3-11%, according to some studies and caffeine can increase the rate of burning fat by 10-29%. Now if you are smart, you will understand that it is best to consume any food product in its most natural form rather than processing it before putting it in your mouth.
Since coffee helps prevent many diseases, it is implied that it helps you to live longer. A lot of studies have concluded that people who drink coffee live longer. With 20% of lower risk of death in men and 26% over risk of death in women, coffee is certainly holy water. Coffee helps prevent the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart diseases as well.
Lower Risk of Cancer
Consumption of coffee reduces the risk of cancer as mentioned before. But how many types of cancer? Let me tell you, Liver cancer, Kidney cancer, Colorectal cancer and even melanoma. Cancer is the biggest cause of deaths in the world today and studies have revealed that coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer by up to 40% and the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 15%.
2. Parkinson’s Disease
After Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s is the most common neuro-degenerative disease in the world. It is caused when the neurons that generate dopamine in the brain are dead. Now the good part is that coffee is known to cause activity in that very part of the brain which is disabled by Parkinson’s. This does not mean coffee can heal, but it can certainly help to prevent. It is advisable to drink 3-4 cups of coffee per day.
Less Risk of Diabetes Type 2
It is an alarming fact that 11.8% of American men over the age of 20 years suffer from Diabetes. In 1986 and 1998, researchers from Harvard had found out that people who had been drinking coffee for a long time had reduced the risk of Diabetes type-2 by almost 9%. Caffeine is known to reduce the sensitivity of the insulin which regulates the use of glucose, hence drinking coffee might allow you that extra bite of your favorite sweet treat.
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