Coffee drinkers like to joke about the stimulant effects of caffeine, as if that was the only reason we drank it (of course it is not), but did you know there are other health benefits to drinking a moderate amount of coffee every day?  

An average cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine, and current research indicates that a “moderate” amount of caffeine daily would about 400 mg.  Beyond that, you will likely begin to see the adverse effects of too much caffeine consumption.

Moderate consumption can lead to enhanced firing of neurons in the brain, which improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.  This is why many people do not do well consuming coffee too late in the evening, as this brain activity could interfere with normal sleep patterns.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic function by 3-11% (that is why you will find it in most fat-burning supplements).  Additionally, studies have shown caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.

Coffee contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.  Coffee consumption may also lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as have protective effects on your liver.  It is common to think that coffee is detrimental to the heart, but, although coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, it usually diminishes over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease and have a slightly lower risk of stroke.

Coffee is rich in powerful antioxidants, and many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and veggies combined. Of course, that just might be an indictment of the standard American diet.

So go ahead and enjoy your coffee, because my favorite part about “coffee as a health drink” is that it makes us happy and is an affordable indulgence.  If you are looking to get the most enjoyment out of your cup, come see me at The Outpost at Miner’s Camp.  I have freshly roasted beans available, roasted by me in my home kitchen, as well as a quality grinder, and I love to turn people into a coffee snob, one cup at a time.

Paula indulges her two passions of coffee and essential oils by providing quality products at The Outpost at Miner’s Camp, you can contact her at (530) 863-0190, or pauladavid@outlook.com

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