Are you a coffee lover? You should be! The myths behind this delicious beverage are finally being debunked so here are 5 great reasons to consume nature’s energy drink:
- High in antioxidants: Coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants such as caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid. These antioxidants have proven to lower the risk of cancer (specifically liver and colorectal)
- Fat burner: By increasing the metabolic rate, coffee can effectively mobilize fat to be used as source of fuel (rather than glucose).
- Increases strength, speed and recovery: Studies have shown that caffeine will increase strength and reaction time when consumed before a workout. In addition to this, coffee has been shown to speed recovery and help reduce muscle soreness.
- Increases energy levels: after being absorbed through the bloodstream, caffeine makes its way to the brain where it blocks adenosine (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and increases dopamine and norepinephrine, allowing the neurons to fire more effectively and in turn increase energy levels.
- Shown to help protect you from neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are two of the most common neurodegenerative disorders. The regular consumption of coffee has shown to decrease the risk of both of these diseases by up to 60%
Although there are numerous great benefits linked to the consumption of coffee, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- It is best to avoid coffee after training because caffeine has been shown to increase cortisol levels and delay recovery when consumed postworkout. Also, limit your caffeine intake it your cortisol levels are high.
- Do not consume coffee with carbohydrates. Doing so will negate the stimulatory effects of caffeine.
- Drink organic coffee. Non-organic coffee is often grown using insecticides, herbicides and fungicides which are carcinogenic.
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