Coffee is one of the three most consumed drinks in the world. Its main compound is caffeine, a psychoactive substance.
It became popular around the 13th century as a stimulating beverage, possibly following the Islamic ban on alcoholic beverages. In the 15th century, Muslims introduced coffee in Persia, Egypt and Turkey, where the first coffee shop, Kiva Han, opened in 1475 in Constantinople. Coffee subsequently arrived in Europe in the 17th century thanks to Venetian merchants, where it quickly became a favorite beverage and began to circulate in all countries.
Some studies have shown that drinking three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of death. Here are ten other benefits of this delicious drink:
- It keeps us alert. Many studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times, and overall cognitive function.
- It helps us burn fat. Caffeine is present in most dietary supplements that are supposed to help us lose weight. It is one of the few natural substances that help fat burning.
- It improves our physical performance. Many athletes drink several cups of coffee before competing, as caffeine increases adrenaline levels. This hormone prepares our body for exceptional physical effort.
- Contains essential nutrients. A cup of coffee contains riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin. It is also the largest source of antioxidants in the Western diet.
- It decreases the risk of diabetes. Studies have shown that people who consume coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of diabetes.
- Reduces the possibility of neurodegenerative diseases. Studies show that coffee drinkers may be 65% less likely to have Alzheimer’s, and 32% to 60% (according to studies) to have Parkinson’s disease.
- Protects the liver from cirrhosis. Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day results in 80% less chance of developing this disease. Of course, you should take care of yourself in other ways.
- Fights depression. According to a study by Harvard University, the risk of depression decreases when we increase coffee consumption. It can also reduce the chance of suicide by 50%.
- It reduces the risk of certain types of cancer. A group of researchers from the American Society for Nutrition found that high-volume coffee consumption reduces the risk of colon cancer. A Swedish study also linked high caffeine consumption (five or more cups a day) to reduced breast cancer.
- May reduce the risk of a heart attack. Although caffeine increases blood pressure, it does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but quite the opposite: it seems to prevent heart attacks.
Enjoy your coffee!