The Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee makes the world go round.
Billions of cups are consumed daily globally by people from all walks of life, as a relaxing, enjoyable, mood-elevating, romantic, social and healthy ritual.
Coffee has been recognised for hundreds (if not thousands) of years for its health-promoting qualities, despite much conflicting information out there these days to the contrary - mainly relating to "caffeine", which I'll get to.
History Of Coffee
Originating in Ethiopia, coffee was traditionally used in ceremonies in combination with herbs and spices to incite positive feelings as well as give drinkers energy and promote health.
Coffee then reached neighbouring Yemen in the 15th century, the port where the first beans were received was called “Mocha” these days recognisable as the prefix of “mochaccino” which is a blend of coffee, chocolate and milk available in most cafes around the world.
Cultivation then reached beyond Yemen to Egypt, Persia and Turkey and became popularly known as “Wine of Araby” and coffee houses started to spring up all around the region. These early versions of modern-day cafés were called “Schools of the Wise” and became focal points of the community as it was where people would go to exchange ideas.
Due to its stimulating effects from its caffeine content, coffee was then decreed to be forbidden in many places and this began its demonisation and plagued it with a negative reputation even after the bans were lifted and it proceeded to spread around the world.
Is coffee good for health?
When I refer to coffee, it's important to realise that I'm talking about coffee in its purest, organic form, free from chemical pesticides and fertilisers, that has not been chemically infused as many commercial varieties are today.
Oh, and decaffeinated coffee is a chemical mess...avoid it like the plague!
Untampered with coffee is a nature-made "bean" created by Mother Earth for the good of humanity. It contains essential nutrients including vitamins B2, B3 & B5, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
Beyond its well-known energy-boosting, appetite-suppressing and fat-burning properties, coffee is also super high in antioxidants and packed full of other qualities that can be beneficial to health when consumed in moderation.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Coffee
Having 1-2 cups of organic coffee daily can:
- Stimulate metabolic rate & digestion
- Elevate your mood & mental focus
- Improve physical performance
- Protect your cardiovascular system
- Boost sustained energy
- Aid weight loss
- Extend your lifespan
- Protect against bad bacteria & parasites in the digestive tract
Recent studies have indicated that people who regularly drink coffee are at a much lower risk of certain health conditions and diseases such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
- Colon & liver cancer
- Heart disease & stroke
What about caffeine?
Much of the negative press about coffee relates to the fact that it contains “caffeine".
The important thing to realise is that "natural" caffeine, like that found in coffee beans and up to 60 other various plant species, is the complete opposite to "synthetic" or "processed" caffeine, like that found in commercial grade chemically-infused coffee, OTC drugs, various sports drinks and soda pops.
Natural caffeine contains naturally occurring vitamins and nutritional components known as methylxanthines, which balances the delivery of caffeine to the system, ensuring the sustainable absorption of nutrients into your bloodstream.
Caffeine can actually help make you smarter as it blocks the neurotransmitter “adenosine” leading to increased firing of other neurotransmitters including norepinephrine and dopamine. This may improve brain functions such as memory, mood, cognitive processing and other mental faculties.
Synthetic caffeine is the cheapest and most prominent form of caffeine found in non-coffee based beverages e.g. popular, global brand sports/energy drinks and soft drinks.
This type of caffeine is generally exposed to harsh chemicals during production, such as methylene chloride, ethyl acetate and carbon dioxide - which causes a 'spike' in the brain and an instant 'high' before you crash and burn.
The excessive, consumption of these drinks will send the brain and nervous system into chaos, eventually leading to degenerative diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and insulin-dependent disease like Diabetes.
Things To Keep In Mind
Coffee is meant to be a morning drink because it supports the expansion and contraction of the "peristaltic action" of the intestines, activating the waste elimination cycle of the body, which is designed to occur during the 'break'-'fast' period after you've slept at night.
Drinking too much of it can cause nervousness and anxiety in some people so please only consume it in moderation and avoid drinking it after 3pm to prevent any issues getting to sleep at night.
Also, to make the most of its health benefits, skip adding sugar or artificial sweeteners to it!
If you want to reduce its bitter taste or if you simply have a sweet tooth you can use honey or other natural alternatives.
You may have heard a lot of stuff about “Bulletproof Coffee”, however, there’s a healthier 100% plant-based version called “Magic Bullet" coffee which harnesses a combination of The Healing Powers Of Coconuts, as well as the energy-boosting and performance-enhancing properties of MCT Oil.
Learn more in MCT Coconut Oil: What’s All The Fuss About?
Other Health Benefits Of Coffee
Apart from drinking coffee as a hot or cold beverage, there are other ways it can be used to enhance your health and wellness…
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, coffee is effective at protecting the skin against free radicals. Additionally, it contains properties that can not only make the skin appear brighter and smoother but can also help encourage blood circulation.
You can use ground coffee on the skin in the following ways:
- Face Scrub - Mix with a little brown sugar and coconut oil to create a gentle face wash and exfoliator
- Scalp Wash - Massage into wet hair for two minutes then rinse out with a natural shampoo to help get rid of any build up and dead skin cells
- Body Scrub - Mix with a little sweet almond oil, Peppermint Pure Essential Oil and Celtic Sea Salt to create an anti-cellulite body scrub and skin exfoliator to use in the shower
- Puffy Eye Aid - Apply under the eyes and around the eyelids, leave on for a few minutes then rinse off to reduce puffiness
Many people have reported positive results when adding coffee to a traditional water enema, some effects include:
- Constipation relief
- Increased energy
- Getting rid of parasites
- Heavy metals removal