Coffee, where would we be without coffee in the morning? Maybe 2 cups at home and more at work or just a dark roast. Let’s find out why you need it so much!
No one knows exactly when or why it was discovered, but there are legends. One story goed that the goat herder Kaldi discovered coffee. So when he looked at his sheep he saw that when they ate berries from a certain tree, they became so energetic that they couldn’t sleep. He reported this to the abbot of the monastery, who made a drink with the berries that kept him alert for long. This knowledge was shared throughout the monastery and even moved further.
Word moved to the Arabian Peninsula en soon it was grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia in the 15th century and by the 16th it was all over Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.
European travelers near the east brought back stories from an unusual dark black beverage and by the 17th century it was all the way in Europe.
Coffee began to replace the common breakfast drink beer and wine, and whom drank it as an alternative to alcohol began an alert day and their work was also improved.
By mid 1600’s coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, which later was called New York by the British.
“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.”Thomas Jefferson
The benefits of a cup of coffee
So now you know the history of coffee, but what are the benefits exactly. You drank it and know but we will tell you anyway.
– It can improve your energy levels and make you even smarter.
Coffee helps people feel less tired and increase energy levels. That is because it contains a stimulant called Caffeine, and it’s the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
After you drank your well deserved cup of coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and from there it travels to the brain. If it has arrived there it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. When it blocks the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, which leads to enchanced firing of neurons.
Many controlled studies on humans show that coffee improves aspects of brain function, like the memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and mental function.
– Weigh less with caffeine
Caffeine is found in every fat-burning supplement, because it’s proven to aid in fat burning. It can increase your metabolic rate by 3-11%. It can be less effective though if you are a long time drinker.
– Increases performance
Caffeine breaks body fat down, making fatty acids fuel for your body. On average it can increase performance by 11-12%.
So if you want to get more results from the local gym, drink some coffee first. You can thank me later.
– Full of essential nutrients
A single cup of coffee contains:
- Riboflavin(aka vitamin B2): 11% of Reference Daily Intake(RDI)
- Pantothenic acid(aka vitamin B5): 6% RDI
- manganese and potassium: 3% RDI
- Magnesium and niacin(aka vitamin B3): 2% RDI
It maybe seem less, but add up that you don’t just drink one cup of coffee.
– Lower risk of diseases
It can lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s
Now that’s neat, ins’t it?
– Offers liver protection
The liver is an amazing organ, which has hundreds of vital tasks. for people how drink more than 4 cups a day gain an 80% lower risk.
But wait, there are more benefits!
– A cup of coffee means a happy you
Coffee also can fight depression and make you happier.
In a Harvard study, women who drank 4 or more cups a day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed and in another one found that of 208,424 individuals who drank 4 or more cups a day were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
– A longer life with coffee
Coffee can help you live longer, no really, several studies concluded that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death, 20% reduced risk of death in men and 26% reduced risk of death in women.
– The Western Antioxidant
Those who eat a western diet, cofee is the healthiest thing about their diet. It is proven that you can get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.
After reading all of this I might get another cup of coffee just to be sure.
So a longer life from drinking coffee, being happier it truly is an amazing drink for sure.