Coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide derived from its source, the coffee bean. In America alone, there are over 400 million cups of coffee consumed on a daily basis
With this in mind we’ve compiled a list of the 6 best science-backed benefits of coffee consumption.
1. Reduces suicide risk and depression
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.
2. Keep your brain healthier for longer
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide.
Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Coffee may lower risk of Type II diabetes.
Type II diabetes is a global problem with over 300 million people afflicted with the ailment. Caffeine decreases your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Black coffee prevents cavities
Scientists have found that a particular type of coffee bean holds properties that can destroy teeth that leads to tooth decay. Adding milk or sugar to coffee negates this benefit!
5. Improve energy levels
Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your body, which helps you better prepare for physical exertion.
6. Coffee helps you burn fat
Caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training. Consider complementing your workouts by looking at the green bean capsule aisle of your local health nutrition store.
Making coffee sustainable is key to meeting the future coffee demands. Sustainable coffee farming is an important step towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of achieving sustainable agriculture as well as sustainable and responsible production and consumption. Find out more about the SDGs here.