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Coffee Health Benefits

Posted on April 12, 2015 | No Comments on Coffee Health Benefits

Coffee is very common beverage that is often drunk to get a person going in the morning. In some cases, especially for night shift employees like call center agents, coffee is used to keep oneself up and awake. This is precisely because coffee can increase energy levels as it contains a stimulant called caffeine. The caffeine that travels in the brain blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine and increase neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine that improve cognitive function including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, and reaction times. Needless to say, Coffee also helps protect brain as it increases its power to resist development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In our modern figure conscious society, coffee has also become popular because it can be used to get you slim. Caffeine can boost metabolic rate by up to 11% to help burn fat faster. However, its fat burning benefit tends to decline for long-term coffee drinkers. Also for aesthetics, drinking coffee also helps in preventing skin cancer particularly basal cell carcinoma or BBC, the abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin).

Coffee also improves reproductive systems and lower risk of prostate cancer for men and endometrial cancer. The link between coffee and its side effects have been demonstrated by statistical studies but no medical studies have yet clearly established or explained how coffee curbs cancer. However, what is certain is that coffee helps recovery after colon surgery as it allows speedy return of bowel function. Moreover, what is remarkable is that coffee also helps lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Coffee helps in blocking the islet amyloid polypeptide or Amylin, is a 37-residue peptide hormone that plays a role in glycemic regulation by slowing gastric emptying and promoting satiety, and contributes in development of diabetes.

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