Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee is by far one of the world’s most popular beverages! We have great news to share with coffee drinkers everywhere. Thanks to coffee’s high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients coffee is considered healthy! Coffee is rich in polyphenols, which are plant compounds that support the antioxidants in coffee, and with light and medium blends preferable to dark, you can never go wrong with Velo! Brew another cup, let the antioxidants get to work, and learn about the health benefits of coffee!
Coffee not only helps people feel less tired, but can actually increase your energy levels. The stimulant caffeine is found in coffee (in case you didn’t know). Caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to your brain where it blocks inhibitory transmitters in your brain and causes a stimulant effect. Coffee can also improve other aspects of brain function such as memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times, and benefits your overall mental function!
Caffeine is found in nearly every fat-burning supplement on the market. It’s true, caffeine is one of the few natural substances to aid in fat burning! It helps to speed up your metabolism, and can increase fat burning anywhere from 10%-29%, this of course depends on each individual person! It’s important to keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, caffeine is not the only solution, but a mere stepping stone to help you. Nothing beats a healthy diet and exercise, but feel free to have an extra cup of coffee on the side!
Caffeine increases levels of adrenaline in your body. Adrenaline is the “fight-or-flight” hormone which helps to prepare your body for intense physical exertion. This is why you see athletes drinking coffee before a race, game, or match (and of course because it tastes good). The caffeine breaks down body fat, which then converts it into fatty acids that are available as fuel for your body and your muscles!
Although coffee beans go through a long process of being washed and roasted, many of the important nutrients found in the beans make their way into the cup of Velo coffee you have sitting in front of you! A single cup of coffee contains B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. The amounts of nutrients in one cup of coffee are fairly small, but given the fact most people drink more than one cup of coffee per day, the numbers can add up.
Type 2 Diabetes currently affects millions of people around the world. Although the significant reason has not been identified, coffee drinkers have proved in studies to have a much lesser risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee also appears to be protective against liver cancer and colorectal cancer. It seems to provide extra protection for your liver from other diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease, which could ultimately lead to cirrhosis.
It has been proven that coffee can increase your blood pressure. Although the effect is small and can go unnoticed if you drink coffee regularly, it’s still a good idea to be mindful if you have elevated blood pressure. Because of this, studies don’t support the idea that coffee raises your risk of heart disease, and further studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke. We think it isn’t a bad idea to have that second cup!
Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, there is no known cure, but several studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Don’t worry- Velo is here for you!
For those who eat a standard Western diet, coffee might just be one of the healthiest components in terms of antioxidants. Coffee is extremely high in antioxidants, and some studies show that people can even get more antioxidants from a cup of coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined (don’t go throwing away your fresh produce though).
Sip on That!
Coffee is a beverage that is largely consumed and enjoyed all over the world. It has a way of bringing people together! It turns out that coffee will help more than your social life, it will also benefit your health and wellness. As if we needed yet another reason to drink coffee! Coffee can help you feel energised, burn fat and improve physical performance, while lowering your risk for a number of diseases.
Coffee is here to stay, and Velo is certainly here for you! So, go brew another cup you health-nut!