Some of us can’t do without our daily dose of caffeine. Coffee has a mixed reputation mainly because of the presence of caffeine. On one hand, caffeine in large doses has been proven to have adverse effects, on the other, coffee helps us stay alert and is a great source of energy. However, research has shown that a cup of coffee may provide more than just an energy boost.
Here are five obscure health benefits of coffee:
Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
Drinking coffee, both regular and decaf has been linked with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Each daily cup may reduce the risk by up to 7%. The fact that decaffeinated coffee also produces this effect suggests that elements other than caffeine may be responsible for these protective effects.
Great source of soluble fibre
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry posits that a cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fibre of the recommended daily intake of 20-38 grams. Fibre is a roughage that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keep a lid on cholesterol.
Great source of antioxidants
Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants according to researchers at the University of Scranton. These antioxidants help to improve overall health and reduce the risk of several diseases. Caffeinated and decaffeinated versions provide nearly the same levels of antioxidants.
Helps in weight loss
Did you know that caffeine is an active ingredient in most major weight loss supplement? Caffeine is one of the few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%.
Helps prevent liver cancer
Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.
We may not all be coffee drinkers but these health benefits may convince some to give it a try. It will certainly encourage coffee lovers to hold on to their beloved caffeine fixes.
While these health benefits are enticing, it’s important that we consume our cup(s) of coffee in moderation. Excessive caffeine intake has quite a number of adverse effects on the body.
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