While coffee might just be caffeine for some, it actually has an amazing array of health benefits all on its own.
PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
If you don’t already know, coffee is amazing on it’s own. It has a ton of antioxidants and health benefits by itself.
Antioxidants are important because they do exactly as their name describes. They fight off oxidative stress, which is a fancy way of saying they fight off the effects of aging. These antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals in your body, which can damage important molecules like proteins and DNA.
The American diet isn’t usually very rich in antioxidants, but one of the most common/best ways to get more into your diet is through drinking coffee. In fact, coffee has more antioxidants than most foods and drinks (including those fruits and veggies).
Coffee is particularly rich in several powerful antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. Hydrocinnamic acids are very effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. The polyphenols in coffee may prevent a number of conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Drinking coffee significantly lowers the risk of diabetes (and for diabetics, drinking coffee can, remarkably, lengthen life).
A 2011 review found that regular coffee consumption of up to 6 cups per day reduced the risk of several types of cancer.
In 2012, the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study found that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of death, and that those who drank any coffee lived longer than those who did not.
A 2012 meta-analysis concluded that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee had a lower rate of heart failure, with the biggest effect found for those who drank more than four cups a day.
A 2014 meta-analysis found that coffee consumption (4 cups/day) was inversely associated with all-cause mortality (a 16% lower risk), as well as cardiovascular disease mortality specifically (a 21% lower risk from drinking 3 cups/day).
Additional meta-analyses corroborated these findings, showing that higher coffee consumption (2–4 cups per day) was associated with a reduced risk of death by all disease causes.
In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 prospective observational studies, representing over one million participants, every additional cup of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumed in a day was associated, respectively, with a 9% and 6% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
According to a study published by the National Institute of Health, people who drank 4-5 cups a day were more active and happy all day long. This is an effect unique to coffee as not all caffeine sources are the same. Coffee is unique because it contains antioxidants and lacks significant amounts of sugar commonly found in other caffeine sources.
First, it is extremely good at enhancing your memory. When drank regularly, coffee significantly improves long term retention. Additionally, there’s evidence of neuroprotective capabilities. Several studies have shown a negative correlation between coffee consumption and brain diseases. That is people who tend to consume coffee regularly are at a lower likelihood of experiencing neurodegeneration. Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Once again, coffee is unique and interacts with the receptors in your brain in amazing ways.
BLACK PEPPER BENEFITS
There are a million ways to make coffee taste even better! Of course, you can add milk and sugar, but why not try black pepper?
Black pepper is a fantastic spice that many people already add to their food, but in different parts of the world people add this spice to their coffee. The aroma of a freshly ground coffee beans is already amazing, but when combined with freshly ground peppercorns the aroma is amazing.
That said, the benefits only increase when combined with black pepper!
Black pepper also has a fantastic array of antioxidants and the powerful combination of these two help your body neutralize free radicals in your body and reduce the likelihood you develop several health conditions! Hydrocinnamic acids and Polyphenol are two of the most common antioxidants found in black pepper coffee.
Drinking this is also likely going to improve your gut health. The combination of coffee and pepper results improves your gut health by introducing digestive friendly bacteria. This results in improved digestion and less inflammation from high inflammatory foods.
This combination also helps relieve headaches and is linked to improvements in mental health. The reason behind this is capsaicin. Capsaicin is a chemical found in pepper that is well documented as having a positive effect on relieving headaches and migraines. With the addition of capsaicin to your diet, your body produces neurotransmitters that block the effects of pain. Some observational studies showed that people who drink coffee were at lower risk of suicide and depression
You can get these benefits by simply adding a little bit of ground peppercorn to your ground coffee mix. No need to add it to the drink itself. Rather just pour your hot water over the combination of black pepper and coffee grounds to receive the amazing benefits of coffee and pepper.
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