5 Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee Helps Fight Tiredness
Did you know caffeine from coffee can improve your endurance1? It increases dopamine production in areas of the brain that helps with focus. An interesting study even found that caffeine made people feel like they did less work at the end of the day2! So if you’re feeling a little tired from work, enjoy a good energy pick up with a cup of coffee.
Coffee Helps You Stay Alert2
When you drink coffee, caffeine increases energy metabolism throughout your brain2. This means you’ll be more alert and focused on your tasks. The next time you need to study or take a test, try drinking a cup of coffee beforehand for a little extra mental edge.
Packed with Healthy Antioxidants
Coffee beans contain many antioxidant compounds. Drinking moderate amounts (3-5 cups per day) of coffee may help to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease 3,4.
Protects You Against Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that affects many people. Studies have found that increased coffee consumption may decrease the risk of depression6. So the next time you are ‘blue’ treat yourself to a cup and if possible, some nature and sunshine…which also helps relieve depression!
Increases Fiber Intake
Coffee beans are rich in dietary fiber, which partially passes into brewed coffee7. Brewed coffee contains a significantly high amount of soluble dietary fiber as compared to other common beverages. Therefore, if you are not eating enough veggies, drinking a cup or two of coffee may really help to provide some of your dietary fiber needs.
2 Coffee and Health.
Available at: https://www.coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/coffee-caffeine-mood-and-emotion/
3 US Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Available at: https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/benefits-of-coffee
4 Coffee and Health.
Available at: https://www.coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/cardiovascular-2/
5 Harvard Health Publishing.
Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/women-and-depression
6 Grosso G. et al. Coffee, tea, caffeine and risk of depression: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of observational studies. Mol Nutr Food Res 2016; 60(1):223-3.
7 Díaz-Rubio ME & Saura-Calixto F. Dietary fiber in brewed coffee. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Mar 7;55(5):1999-2003. Available at: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jf062839ps