Drinking coffee may be one of the things you do every day in winter. But did you know that aside from its delectable taste and aroma, it can also help your body in some ways?
Read on to find out the benefits that your body is getting just by drinking your daily dose of coffee.
Aside from keeping you awake, coffee also helps to improve brain function. The active ingredient in coffee, caffeine, is a known stimulant.
Caffeine blocks the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine and therefore increases neuronal firing in the brain. This will lead to the release of other neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Norepinephrine.
In effect, it helps to improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.
This explains why most fat-burning supplements that you will see in stores contain caffeine. Caffeine as an stimulant has an effect on the central nervous system of the body.
It helps in increasing metabolism and the oxidation of fatty acids in the body.
Aside from this, it also helps with appetite suppression but the effects are not permanent. When it comes to weight loss, caffeine should be considered only as a supplement, and not a miracle fat-be-gone.
Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
Aside from improving brain function, coffee also helps to keep your brain sharp as you age. Caffeine can do this by slowing the onset of neurodegenerative disease.
Multiple studies have suggested that coffee drinkers have up to a 60 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the beverage may help reduce a person’s risk of Parkinson’s by 32 to 60 percent.
One of the vital organs of the body is the liver. It carries out hundreds of functions including production of bile, regulation of blood levels of amino acids, and resisting infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream.
Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis, the end stage of liver damage, by as much as 80%. Similarly, coffee may also lower the risk of liver cancer by around 40%.
Type II Diabetes
According to research, if you drink three to four cups of coffee a day, it may lower risks of developing type II diabetes by 25%.
But researchers weren’t able to conclude a causal effect between coffee and the lifestyle-related diabetes definitely.
They speculated, though, that the decreased risk may have something to do with the ability of chlorogenic acid and the alkaloid trigonelline to lessen early glucose and insulin responses.
Courtesy: Uncover Discover