The most of people usually start the day with the ritual of drinking a cup of coffee.Have we ever wondered what coffee is consisted of, or does it have some health benefits for us?
Origins of Coffee
The coffee plant, which was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century, has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit. Back then, the leaves of the so-called “magical fruit” were boiled in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties. As the fame of the coffee plant spread to other lands, its centuries-long voyage was about to begin.
Coffee spread quickly through the Arabian Peninsula. In the mid 14th century, coffee cultivation reached Yemen and for 300 years, it was drunk following the recipe first used in Ethiopia. Yemen’s climate and fertile soil offered the ideal conditions for cultivating rich coffee harvests.
Istanbul was introduced to coffee in 1555 during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent by Ozdemir Pasha, the Ottoman Governor of Yemen, who had grown to love the drink while stationed in that country.
In the Ottoman palace a new method of drinking coffee was discovered: the beans were roasted over a fire, finely ground and then slowly cooked with water on the ashes of a charcoal fire. With its new brewing method and aroma, coffee’s renown soon spread even further afield.
Path of coffee continued to other countries :Italy(Venice 1615),France (Paris 1660),Austria(Vienna 1683),England(London 1637),Holland (1711),Germany (1675) and America (1668).
Today it is the most popular drink on the planet.
Benefits Of Coffee
The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.
Here are the top 10 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies.
1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter
Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.
Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people (12).
3. The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance
Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from the fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.
4. Essential Nutrients in Coffee
A single cup of coffee contains:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
6. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
7. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neuro-degenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide.
This disease usually affects people over 65 years of age.Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s.However, there are several things you can do to prevent the disease from showing up in the first place.Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease (28, 29, 30).
8.Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver
The liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in the body.Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and others.Many of these diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue.
9.Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier
Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life.
It is incredibly common and about 4.1% of people in the U.S. currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.
10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer
Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells in the body.
Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer… liver cancer and colorectal cancer.
Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth (41). Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer (42, 43).