We all drink coffee . If not daily then maybe once in a while . A majority of people choose coffee over tea . In fact, Americans get a lot of antioxidants from their morning cup of java . Though many prefer to drink it black , a lot of people add milk n sugar . Not only are we diluting the taste , we are also reducing its health benefits by adding sugar n cream . Earlier even I used to add a little milk to it but now I take it black . Since then I have experienced a lot of good things that happened to me coz of having coffee black . In this post, I am gonna list the benefits of drinking coffee black .
Health benefits of Drinking Coffee Black
Protects Against liver Damage
Drinking coffee protects the liver against cirrhosis . The liver works with other organs to digest, absorb, and process food. It filters the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body . Several diseases like hepatitis and excessive alcohol intake can have an ill effect on the liver in form of cirrhosis . Scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue and partially blocks the flow of blood through the liver. People who drink about 4 cups of black coffee are at 80 % less risk of developing cirrhosis .
Lowers Risk of Type II Diabetes
If you have been drinking your coffee black , you are at 30% less risk of developing Type II diabetes . People suffer from insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin in Type II diabetes . Caffeine raises the blood sugar levels in the short term, but the antioxidants in coffee improve insulin sensitivity and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes over years . The decaf also works for reducing type 2 diabetes risk, but not as good as regular one .
Lower risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement . The level of neurotransmitters dopamine plays an imp role in Parkinson’s . Dopamine helps in focus and attention. Coffee has been shown to increase dopamine levels and thus plays a very imp role in preventing Parkinson’s Disease . If you drink black coffee regularly , you have a 32-60% reduced chance of developing this disease.
Possible reduction in heart disease and stroke risk
Studies suggest that drinking coffee regularly decreases the risk of heart disease or stroke. Caffeine increases your blood pressure initially but it goes away if you drink coffee regularly and in turn , helps in lowering the chances of heart stroke . But if you already have a high blood pressure it may still be bad for you . Caffeine drinkers have a 20% less risk for stroke .
More Reasons To Drink Coffee Black
It Calms nerves & reduces Stress Level
Ever smelled a cup of hot coffee and felt nice , like all the thing you were worried about can take a back seat . That’s because the beans aroma has a calming effect on us . The smell of beans has been linked to reduced stress levels especially caused by sleep deprivation. In a study conducted on rats, it showed that “the roasted coffee bean aroma changes the mRNA and protein expression levels of the rat brain, providing for the first time clues to the potential antioxidant or stress relaxation activities of the coffee bean aroma.” So not only sip but smell the java for dual effects .
Improves Energy level & Learning
It can uplift mood and gives an energy boost . Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body. When caffeine hit the system , it blocks one of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, Adenosine . This leads to an increase in excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitters ,norepinephrine, and dopamine . This contributes a boost in mood ,movement ,memory , response , energy , learning and cognitive functions .
Coffee appears to lower the risk of developing depression . Remember , dopamine , it is responsible for “pleasure rewards”. People who suffer from depression often have low energy , mood changes , sleeplessness and imperative cognition . Excess and deficiency of this vital chemical is the cause of several disease conditions. Taking a daily dose of coffee helps in increasing Dopamine and thus lowers the chances of depression . People who drink four or more cups of black coffee a day have a 20% lower chance of becoming depressed .
Aids in Work-Out
Caffeine is an effective ergogenic aid. An ergogenic aid is an external influence that enhances athletic performance or facilitates physical exercise. Black coffee before exercise works as a great performance enhancer. when you drink coffee , the fat cells break down body fat thus releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids thereby making them available as fuel .
I take my morning cup with a little cinnamon sometimes . Are you taking your java black or still struggling to give up milk ? Lemme know in comments .