Meet the 10 scientifically proven coffee benefits!

Coffee does not require comments, because everyone (literally) knows it pretty well. Nonetheless, many people are unaware that most of the benefits of coffee have been scientifically proven. Come on, it’s about time to confirm it. Wait. First of all, get a cup of hot coffee, and keep on reading.

Coffee belongs to the botanical family Rubiaceae, which has about 500 genera and more than 6,000 species.

The most produced species in the world is Coffea arabica (or 'Arabica coffee'). Coffee quality is related to the degree of roasting as well as to the chemical ingredients of the grains, including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and other compounds.

Caffeine: the soul of coffee

Caffeine is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world, besides being a more traded commodity than tea and cola soft drinks.

Since consumed in moderation, caffeine is a super-beneficial stimulant for physical and mental health.

On the other hand, excess coffee is not a good call for your health, because too much "coffee taking" increases the risks of dehydration, anxiety, gives a headache, and can cause sleep disorders. Add to this cocktail of "displeasures", the problems of hypertension, hardening of arteries, and increase in cholesterol level.

Another bad tip is pouring too much sugar into the coffee. If you have this bad habit, watch out, because your caloric intake will greatly increase and elevate the peak of circulating insulin, because when sucrose is digested, it releases fructose and glucose, increasing insulin production by the pancreas.

Just like the wise Eastern people, avoid sugar in coffee or choose natural sweeteners. The best option for your health is straight coffee. Go for it!

10 Science-Proven Coffee Benefits

Moderate doses of daily coffee reduce the risk of the following physical and mental dysfunctions:

  1. Heart problems: A survey of 140,000 people by Harvard University's School of Public Health, showed that four daily doses of coffee decrease the risk of heart failure by up to 11%.

  2. Weight loss: According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, fat burning occurs due to sympathetic nervous system activation and lipid oxidation. Caffeine increases levels of adrenaline in the blood, which dilutes fat cells and releases them into the blood.

  3. Breathing problems: Caffeine has a bronchodilator effect and reduces fatigue of respiratory muscles. According to the Brazilian Coffee Industry Association, several studies show that moderate coffee consumers are less likely to have asthma symptoms 30% lower than non-consumers.

  4. Cancer: The Istituto di Ricerche Pharmacology Mario Negri, from Italy, disclosed in a research analysis that there was a 41% reduction in the development of liver cancer in people who drink coffee, compared to those who do not consume the drink.

  5. Memory: Caffeine strengthens some types of memory for up to 24 hours after its consumption, as a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience showed. The research was led by researchers from John Hopkins University.

  6. Kidney stones: this type of occurrence occurs when solid masses are forming in the kidneys and urinary canals. The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart from Italy, analyzed three studies with more than 200,000 participants who showed that those who consumed more coffee had a 31% lower risk of having kidney stones.

  7. Depression: If you take moderate doses of caffeine it will improve your mood and therefore ward off depression. A study held by the Harvard School of Public Health, showed that women who drank two to three cups of coffee on a daily basis decreased their risk of depression by up to 15%.

  8. Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease: those brain dysfunctions cause severe degeneration of neurons and different consequences. Caffeine can protect the brain from damage caused by cholesterol-rich diets. A study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation stated that coffee substances strengthen the blood barrier of the brain, responsible for protecting the central nervous system against chemicals present in the blood.

  9. Stroke occurrence: Studies suggest that drinking coffee regularly decreases the risk of stroke. The Nurses Health Study from the US, researched more than 83,000 women and showed that regular coffee consumption was associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke due to the antioxidant effect of the drink.

  10. Mind: Studies have shown that caffeine has multiple targets. The most relevant point regarding adenosine receptors, a substance that helps trigger a chain of events, affecting the activity of dopamine, an important brain mediator, responsible for stimulating pleasure and thought.

According to the Cooperative of Coffee Growers and Agropecurists (Cocapec), the five largest coffee producers in the world, by order, are as follows:

  1. Brazil

  2. Vietnam

  3. Colombia

  4. Indonesia

  5. Ethiopia

After water, coffee is the most consumed drink in the world, surpassing tea, soft drinks, and juices!

The most expensive coffee in the world has a curious "detail"!

The most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak or Civeta Coffee, produced from defecated and semi-digested beans by a small mammal called the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus).

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