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"Go-Go" Juice: The Benefits of Coffee

nutrition sport nutrition Dec 14, 2023
 

Just in case you have been living under a rock and don’t know, caffeinated coffee is so much more than just a morning ritual to help you wake up!

Beyond its rich flavor and aroma, coffee has been studied extensively for its potential health benefits. If you are a coffee drinker, time to rejoice! If you are not, well, maybe you think twice after you read some of the robust effects it can have on your health.

Rich in antioxidants

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acid, which help combat oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants play a crucial role in neutralizing free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Enhanced cognitive function

The caffeine in coffee is a natural stimulant that can improve mood, alertness and cognitive function. Studies suggest that moderate caffeine intake may help boost memory, concentration and overall mental acuity.

Physical performance

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, signaling the release of adrenaline. This, in turn, can enhance physical performance by increasing adrenaline levels, breaking down body fat for use as energy and improving endurance.

Protection against neurological diseases

Emerging research indicates that regular coffee consumption may be linked to a reduced risk of certain neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The neuroprotective effects of coffee are believed to be attributed to its complex mix of bioactive compounds.

Liver health

Coffee has been associated with a lower risk of liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and other beneficial compounds in coffee may contribute to improved liver function.

Heart health

Contrary to past concerns, moderate coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Some studies suggest that coffee may help reduce the risk of stroke and lower blood pressure, although individual responses may vary.

Mood elevation

Beyond its physical benefits, coffee has been linked to improved mood and a lower risk of depression. Caffeine's ability to enhance the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin contributes to these mood-lifting effects.

Social connection

Coffee has long been associated with social interaction and community bonding. The act of sharing a cup of coffee can contribute to a sense of connection and well-being, positively impacting mental health.

 

Keep in mind that some of us are more sensitive to caffeine than others. This is referred to as “slow absorbers” and can be measured through a genomics test such as THIS ONE. If you are a slow absorber of caffeine, it is important to not consume over 300-400 milligrams per day and to have your last cup of “black gold” around lunch time.

 

Moderation is certainly the key when it comes to any source of caffeine but coffee has rightfully earned a place in the spotlight as a beverage that not only stimulates the senses but also supports overall health and well-being.

 

 

 

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