You no longer need to feel guilty about enjoying your morning java – coffee provides a range of benefits. Here is the top five:
- Coffee makes you happy
The taste, the smell, the ritual….coffee makes people happy. For many of us, drinking coffee is an excuse to escape and re-gather our thoughts so we can carry on with our day.
- Coffee boosts performance
Enjoying a coffee before your training session can make you workout harder as the caffeine helps to reduce your perceived effort. This means you can workout harder, for longer.
- Coffee provides antioxidants
Coffee is loaded with nutrients including anitoxidants. In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking fruit and vegetables.
- Coffee keeps you alert
Most of us drink coffee because of the caffeine it contains. Caffeine is a stimulant that works by blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. By blocking the effects of adenosine, caffeine increases the neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrhine that keep us alert.
- Coffee may improve your health
Regular coffee consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee may have a protective affect on the liver, lower the risk of liver cancer by around 40%.
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About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.