By: Ashlee McNicol
If you’re anything like me, starting your morning without a cup of coffee just doesn’t seem right. At The Black Cup, we serve only organic coffee. In fact, our coffee is also fair trade, non-GMO, and made from sustainable farming to give you the healthiest coffee experience possible.
Why do we care so much?
Simple. We care about our customers, and we care about the environment. Not only is organic coffee a healthier way to have your daily cup of Joe, it’s a quick way to enjoy several health benefits.
Here are seven benefits of coffee you may not have known. (Bonus points if you go organic!)
1. Better Overall Mood
Yes, sipping that first cup of coffee in the morning makes you happy naturally, but there’s more to it. If a coffee drinker has 75 mg of coffee (about one cup) every four hours, that is shown to improve their mood over the course of the day. Remember, you don’t want to have so much you get the jitters, but a few cups a day can help give you a brighter outlook on your day. Coffee is also shown to decrease depression. A study by the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that women who drink two to three cups per day are 15% less likely to develop depression, and women who drink four cups per day are 20% less likely to develop it. Long story short: coffee makes you feel good.
2. Best Way to Get Antioxidants
Antioxidants are known to improve your immune system and overall health. Coffee is the biggest dietary source of antioxidants. While foods such as berries contain the highest amount of antioxidants per serving, most people don’t eat enough berries to hit daily antioxidant requirements. However, they do drink high enough coffee in general to hit the recommended antioxidant intake. Coffee should not be your only source of antioxidants. However, it proves to be the quickest way people get antioxidants in their diet according to a study where people drank two to four cups per day.
3. Alleviated Headaches
Most people experience a headache or migraine at one point in their lives. Headaches are caused for many reasons, and people respond differently to treatments. Despite the type of headache you have, there is an easy remedy that works for most people. When used in moderation, caffeine found in coffee can help alleviate the pressure of headaches. A study in Norway found that coffee drinkers who had two to three cups of coffee per day had fewer headaches than those who had less than one cup per day. This is great news if a headache hits you during the workday, and you need a quick fix. Just remember, if you have too much coffee and significantly lower how much you drink over time, you may experience caffeine withdrawal headaches, so try to drink only two to three cups per day if you can.
4. Increased Fiber Intake
Fiber is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. Our body needs fiber for digestion. Fiber recommendations vary from 21 grams to 38 grams per day depending on age and gender. More often than not, we do not get enough of it. Fortunately, coffee comes from beans and has soluble dietary fiber. According to WebMD, instant coffee has about 1.8 grams of soluble dietary fiber per cup, espresso coffee has about 1.5 grams per cup, and filtered coffee has 1.1 grams per cup. This is an easy way to add additional fiber to your diet without even realizing it. While it’s not a lot, it adds up over time in combination with the other fiber-rich foods and drinks in your diet.
5. Reduced Risk of Certain Diseases
Coffee is known to reduce your risk of certain diseases. For instance, some studies show that coffee drinkers have a 23-50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a reduced risk of developing liver and colorectal cancer, and a 32% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. It is also known to help protect your liver against cirrhosis too (especially for alcohol drinkers!). If you drink coffee regularly, you may find it’s a good investment in your health.
6. Improved Cognitive Function
Cognitive function is defined as cerebral activities that “encompass reasoning, memory, attention, and language and lead directly to the attainment of information and, thus, knowledge.” The caffeine in coffee is shown to aid in cognitive function and mental performance as it stimulates the central nervous system. A regular intake of caffeine can increase alertness, focus, and concentration, especially during tedious tasks. Since it keeps you more alert, drinking caffeine can be a safer way to drive at night when you’re tired and it’s hard to see clearly.
7. Higher Metabolism
It’s said that caffeine improves your metabolism by stimulating your nervous system because it causes body fat to burn by taking fatty acids out of fat cells. Thus, the caffeine in coffee helps boost your metabolism. Coffee is also known to boost energy levels during exercise and improve endurance, which is shown to burn more calories. After working out, you can enjoy coffee as a post-workout drink since it is full of nutrition-boosting B vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. We suggest that you stick with black coffee if you’re trying to cut calories.
We hope this helps uncover some of the many reasons the world is crazy about coffee, taste aside! There’s no feeling like a good cup of coffee in the morning to take on your day. Tell us, what’s your favorite coffee drink?
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