Three health benefits of coffee

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From its sweet aroma to the (often much needed) energy boost, most of us can’t start the day without a warm, comforting cup of coffee.

You’ll be pleased to know that coffee also has a bunch of scientifically proven health benefits. We’ve listed three of the best ones below, so make yourself a latte and get reading:

1. It’s rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants help keep your free radicals in check. What are free radicals? They’re a compound in your body that can be dangerous if their level gets too high -- they’ve been linked to serious illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately, coffee has plenty of antioxidants.

2. It increases your metabolism

Some studies show that caffeine increases your metabolic rate, and therefore helps you burn fat.

Of course, coffee is not a miracle substance. To achieve your health goals make sure you’re getting enough exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting good sleep.

3. It gives you energy

Caffeine is great for a surge of both mental and physical energy.

Studies show that moderate consumption of caffeine can help improve brain function such as memory, alertness, and fatigue. That’s because caffeine blocks a neurotransmitter that slows down brain activity (and makes you tired). This block then causes other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin to fire up and give you that mental boost.

Caffeine has also been shown to raise adrenaline levels in your blood and help the break down of fat, allowing your body to use it as energy.

What does this mean? A cup of coffee 90 minutes before you exercise is a great pre-workout drink.

And there you have it, our top three health benefits of coffee. Now, who’s up for a cuppa?

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