By Bob Kupniewski Athletic Xtreme
What is your early morning ritual when waking up and needing a quick hit of energy!? Ever consider brewing up a hot pot of coffee or stopping at your local convenience store to get your daily fix!? Many individuals are very unaware of what benefits coffee has to offer, and with that I will be writing about what coffee has to offer and what benefits individuals may see who invest in drinking a cup or two of coffee a day. Most individuals are plagued at the fact of drinking straight black coffee, well that does not always have to be the case. Adding in a few packets of spelnda or stevia may be a great way to add some sweetener to your coffee and enhance the flavoring. Also if you search your grocery store in the coffee department you may be able to invest in Davinci Syrups, which offer coffee flavoring that are calorie free and provide a great kick to your morning cup of coffee!
Energy that fuels you
Most people will drink Coffee due to the caffeine content and to get a quick hit of energy, but for those who are watching their caffeine intake getting a decaf is never a problem. It will come down to personal preference on what you truly you will invest in, but I am just trying to show you there are different options when it does come to coffee. Some individuals I know have to watch their overall caffeine intake because they can get very jittery or may break out from too much caffeine hence the offering for decaf coffee.
Many individuals will drink a cup of coffee prior to their morning workout to give themselves a boost of energy and prolong them through their workout, some will also take a coffee later in the day as a get-up when they need a rush of energy and a quick caffeine hit. Both are possible options and something to consider for the future if you are already not a coffee drinker.
Now lets look into the benefits that coffee can offer to the consumer.
Reduce health risks
First of all there is research showing from the Archives of International Medicine that coffee has cancer-preventing and depression-lowering effects to get things started. Liver cancer, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s diseases were reduced given an individual drinks two cups of coffee in moderation throughout the week (3-4x per week). Studies in 2009 showed males have a lower risk of advanced or lethal prostate cancer than men who drank 1 or less cups of coffee a week. Those who drank 3-4 cups a day had the lowest amount when it came to Alzheimer’s disease later in life compared to the less frequent drinkers. Given the current stance in America and the rise in cancer and diseases being associated with aging males it is safe to say that this is a great way to combat those diseases while growing up and trying to stay as healthy as possible!
Those who suffer from depression also have something to look into while drinking coffee. Studies from 2008 have shown that depression has been reduced by 15% for those who drink 2-3 cups of coffee per week! Women who are more prone towards depression than men also have a lot of positive to look into. Not only is the 15% of individuals have a reduced chance of moving into depression but those who drink up to 5-6 cups of coffee a day are less likely to die of various causes during the study than non-coffee-drinking counterparts. Studies from Dr. Albert Ascherio proved that coffee has affected the brain and releases mood transmitters to aid in preventing depression!
Another important aspect to consider is Coffee contains antioxidants. While striving for your daily servings of fruits and vegetables to gather your antioxidants coffee can be another piece to the puzzle aiding yourself in achieving those antioxidants if you do in fact hate eating those types of foods. In 2005 there was a study that Americans were getting more antioxidants from coffee than anywhere else, hard to believe but true. These individuals were drinking anywhere from 3-5 cups of coffee per day, and even if they are drinking it for the caffeine boost a 2005 study from the University of Scranton explained how it was the #1 source of antioxidants and that individuals are indeed neglecting adding adequate fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. Flavonoids and Polyphenoids (the two types of antioxidants in coffee) are found in other foods and drinks including chocolate, herbal tea’s, and red wine. All of these found in moderation have affects on brain function.
Polyphenoids have an affect on your mood levels inside the brain, it helps trigger with the caffeine alertness on a daily basis. If you want to cut back off the caffeine than investing in a decaf would be your better option. Even with chlorogenic acids that are contained in the flavoring of coffee and coffee beans this is one of the major biological compounds found in coffee that eliminate the growth of harmful bacteria in the body and help create probiotics that help shed helpful bacteria throughout the body. Some people may invest in a major probiotic formula, which can be bought offline, but coffee does contain small amounts, which can help clear up intestinal blockage and aid in releasing bowel movements. Speaking of intestinal issues, coffee has been shown to help gut peptides and delay the signals of hunger or fullness from the body hunger hormone “ghrelin”.
One last key feature about coffee before wrapping up this article is that a study in 1999 showed that individuals in Scotland who drank 3-5 cups of coffee on a weekly basis were found to be younger, had higher incomes, and healthier lifestyles than non-coffee drinkers or tea drinkers. Nearly 55% of Americans in a 2010 study from myoclinc currently drink coffee on a weekly basis. The research behind coffee has now shown for decades that poorer people are more likely to die from multiple socioeconomic statuses, and wealthier people are more likely to be physically active and eat healthier!
So if you are already not a coffee drinker, skim over this article and look at the research or benefits associated with drinking coffee. There has been more than enough research to show you the true features this product has to offer and what it can do to an individual over prolonged periods of continual use. Next time you wake up in the morning with a need to get a quick hit of energy look towards picking up a warm cup of coffee to start your day!