The Wonderful Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee. It is the lifeblood of million of people worldwide who cannot begin their day without it. Coffee makes people feel more energized, prompting improved work performance and less dangerous sleepy morning commuting. Yet, coffee has other properties that make it a good choice for overall physical health.
Coffee has been linked to benefits including better mood, increase in attention and alertness and decreases in tiredness or fatigue (1). These improvements in functioning are no surprise to coffee drinkers the world over, and are often related to caffeine. Coffee drinkers enjoy these benefits due to caffeine’s ability to bind to brain receptors and inhibit Andosine, a chemical in the brain that has an inhibitory effect on the central nervous system (2).
As if the public needed more reason to engage in their coffee rituals, coffee has been suggested to benefit numerous serious physical ailments. Coffee has been reported to decrease risk of Type II Diabetes, regardless of the caffeine content (3). This means that despite the jolt of energy felt when consuming coffee, the diabetes benefits have little to do with the caffeine itself, which is great news for those who are sensitive to stimulants.
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