About half our population in Australia drinks coffee daily, with an average of 16.3 million coffees consumed each day. So in a world full of coffee addicts, what are the benefits?
Coffee can make your brain function better
Most of us know that coffee is a stimulant but several studies have also confirmed that the average dose of caffeine found in a cup of coffee is enough to significantly improve your cognitive functioning. It especially improves wakefulness and alertness, it has also been found that coffee improves memory function in adults, particularly when it comes to repetitive tasks. However, low fat milk and sugar will counteract the benefits and cause you to crash later, missing out on the benefits that caffeine provides.
Coffee can help you burn fat
Caffeine helps your body burn fat and can also assist with weight control. It has also been shown that a strong dose of caffeine before our workout can make you push yourself harder and burn more calories. It has been shown that green, unroasted beans have particular weight loss properties by inhibiting the way your body absorbs carbohydrates.
Coffee contains essential vitamins
Every cup of coffee contains small doses of Vitamin B5, B1, B2, B3, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The B vitamins improve mood and energy levels and also help your body absorb other vitamins and minerals in your diet. B vitamins are essential for healthy cell reproduction. The protein and minerals found in milk can help your body absorb all the benefits of the vitamins and minerals in coffee.
Coffee can improve your mood
Research has found that those who drink two or more coffees a day are ten per cent less likely to suffer from depression. Although it is not a method of treatment for those with severe depression, it can significantly help those who suffer from depressed periods. The caffeine in coffee is an extremely beneficial mood booster when you’re feeling down.
Coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in most western diets
The mood boosting effects of coffee don’t only come from caffeine but also from the antioxidants in the coffee beans. Antioxidants can be found to reduce the risk of cancer and a number of other serious diseases. The best way to get the most antioxidants out of your coffee is cold-pressed espresso.