Coffee has many virtues at 3-4 cups per day as recommended by the European Food Safety Agency. It can bring benefits to different aspects of our health:
A very good antioxidant
Antioxidants are naturally present in green coffee (coffee before roasting). During roasting, almost 80% of these antioxidants are destroyed.
However, coffee still contains more antioxidants than tea. In combination with caffeine, they are believed to have positive effects on several diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease.
A calorie burner
By stimulating our organism, coffee would help to reduce the feeling of tiredness and stimulate the heart, which would encourage the loss of fat during exercise.
According to Dr Astrid Nehlig, director of INSERM in Strasbourg, “coffee helps to reduce waist circumference and the accumulation of abdominal fat“. But in order for this to work, it is necessary to drink a maximum of four cups of coffee a day (without sugar of course) and to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
A stimulus for the memory
Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the brain and increases both concentration and memory.
According to a study published by Inserm in 2007: “Consuming at least three cups of coffee a day would reduce the risk of cognitive decline by 30%“. American researchers have also shown that drinking caffeinated water could have positive effects on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
An ally in digestion
In reasonable quantities, coffee would not cause pain or bloating. On the contrary, according to a study presented in 2019 in California during Digestive Disease Week, it promotes digestion by contracting the muscles of the small and large intestine, making it easier for food to pass through. Drinking a coffee after a meal would therefore be very beneficial!
A physical booster
Caffeine improves muscular strength and mental alertness which would help to be more reactive and have better reflexes. It also increases motivation and reduces the feeling of fatigue.
“It has been observed that it increases performance in long-distance events such as marathons (…) and has a positive effect during very intense efforts such as 1,500-metre races. “, explains Professor François Carré, sports doctor at Rennes University Hospital in an interview with the magazine Santé et Café News.
Consume in moderation to enjoy all the benefits of caffeine. ☕
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