What’s the best way to way to wake up each day? Coffee of course! It is a fact that almost all people enjoy a cup of coffee for breakfast and even afternoons to get them going but did you know that coffee is not only an energy booster but offers so much more?
Well if you are not a coffee drinker then perhaps this article can teach you a thing or two about coffee and how it is important to have in your body.
Wonderful Facts About Coffee
Before you decide to take a sip of that hot brew, here are some of the interesting facts you should know about coffee that will surely put you in a good mood:
- Coffee is one of the oldest drinks there is, in fact, it was discovered about 800 A.D. by shepherds in Ethiopia.
- It is the first food to be freeze-dried and was used in World War II for soldiers.
- Coffee is one of the most traded commodities back in the ancient times.
- There are two types of coffee beans; Robusta and Arabica.
- Coffee is mostly produced by Brazil and produces 40% of the world’s coffee.
- Hawaii is the only US State that produces coffee commercially.
- Coffee is actually a fruit and its berries were used with fat then to create an energy-ball eaten with wine.
- The most expensive coffee is at $600 and is said to come from a cat’s feces. This wild specie called Sumatran Wild Cat known as the Luwak that is unable to digest coffee beans. The beans ferment in the stomach and when they are extracted through the feces, it turns into a chocolaty flavored coffee.
- Coffee has been banned at least five times in our history.
- A hundred cups of coffee can be lethal to the body and can cause death.
- Adding milk to coffee weakens the caffeine.
- It was George Washington who invented the instant coffee.
What’s in a cup of coffee?
Now what makes a cup of coffee important? Why are there so many people “addicted” to coffee? There is something about coffee that is quite addictive. Some say it’s the caffeine while others cannot totally describe it but having a cup of coffee can surely awaken their senses.
If you are not a coffee drinker like some people I know it’s easy to say that coffee is junk but when you think about it, coffee is really helpful to our body. Here’s the proof:
- It can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Are you being forgetful these days? Perhaps feeling a bit dull? If you are then you might be at risk for Alzheimer’s. According to studies, people who drank three to five cups of coffee each day are found out to have decrease chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. So if you are not entirely a coffee drinker, you might as well start including this in your diet. Make sure to drink coffee with food so you can avoid developing this condition at an early age.
- It can help your liver.
A study conducted in 2006 shows that those who are drinking at least a cup of coffee each day were found out to have 20% less chances of developing liver cirrhosis. It also showed that coffee can help prevent the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Drinking four or more cups of coffee each day can also prevent the progression of this condition. So if you are not really a coffee drinker, you might as well start drinking now for a healthier liver!
- It lessens the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Drinking coffee was found out to help control the movement of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
- It can help lower the rates of suicide.
In a study conducted at Harvard School of Public Health, it was found out that drinking two to four cups of coffee can help reduce the risk of committing suicide at least 50% in both men and women. This is because coffee acts as a mild anti-depressant that helps in increasing the production of neurotransmitters like noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin that helps in lifting the mood of a person.
- It makes your brain healthier.
As mentioned above, coffee helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease but in recent studies, it does not only help reduce the risk but also keeps the brain healthier for longer periods. Although it does not generally removes the disease itself but it does help in keeping the brain healthier and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- It reduces the risk of developing Diabetes Type 2.
According to the studies conducted by the American Chemical Society, people who drink four or more cups of coffee each day are able to reduce 50% of the risks of developing Diabetes Type 2. It was also found out that adding a cup to the mentioned number of coffee can reduce the risks by 7% more.
So as you can see, drinking coffee is very helpful. It provides you great health benefits and so if you are not a coffee lover yet, it’s time that you do! Drink coffee today and you will see some good improvements in your health, enjoy!