10 Health Benefits of Coffee You Should Know

What if simply waking up and smelling coffee were to increase your brain activity? Recent research reveals how drinking coffee may affect genes and proteins in the brain. After years of scrutiny, coffee critics are currently convinced of the many advantages of being a coffee drinker. Whether you prefer espresso to cold brew or french press to percolator, coffee affects everything from brainpower and eyesight to digestion and bowel function because it is quickly absorbed and distributed throughout the body. It also has the ability to assist in preventing illness.

#1. Eases workout pain

For active people who exercise daily, two cups of coffee consumed post-workout have been shown to reduce muscle pain by up to 48%.  

#2. Lowers the risk of cirrhosis of the liver

According to recent studies, drinking coffee every day can lower the risk of liver cirrhosis. Two extra cups a day cuts your risk of dying from the disease in half.

#3. Protects against diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s  

Taking preventive measures is wise if Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s runs in your family. Recent studies show that coffee contains multiple aminos and fatty acids that could be biochemical protective mechanisms beneficial to all parts of the body, including the brain.

4. Reduces the risk of colorectal cancer

Coffee contains many bio-active compounds relevant to colon physiology. Studies show that the consumption of coffee reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 26%.

5. Prevents cavities

Coffee, which is made from roasted coffee beans, contains antibacterial properties against certain microorganisms, even ones that are major causes of dental caries.

6. Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes

Researchers discovered that the bioactive compound cafestol improves insulin sensitivity, which helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

7. Prevents retinal damage

A recent study out of Cornell University found that drinking a daily cup of coffee can help prevent vision damage, especially the type that comes with getting older – retinal damage. The active ingredient in coffee that protects the retina is CLA – chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to reduce retinal cell death and to be a powerful neuroprotectant.

8. Lowers the risk of heart disease

Drinking 1-4 cups of coffee a day has been linked to the prevention of heart failure. Newer studies also disprove all previous assumptions that coffee is bad for the heart, but is in fact a beneficial beverage.

9. Improves your mood

Last, but not least, coffee has been shown to be helpful in boosting your mood. Drinking one cup of coffee every four hours can result in a pattern of mood improvement throughout the day.

While coffee gained its popularity as a delicious luxury, it is now so much more. When taking into account the many health benefits of coffee, the drink can be seen as a both a precaution and a pleasure!

Now that you know the health benefits of coffee, do the right thing. Get fresh roasted coffee beans and enjoy all these benefits

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Amount: 12oz. (About 25 cups)

Country: Ethiopia
Region: Yirgacheffe
Sub-Region: Kambata
Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Natural, Hand-Processed
Altitude: 1,500 - 2,800m
Drying Method: Sun-dried on raised beds
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping: Grapes, Dark Chocolate, Sweet, Creamy Body

Description: We have nicknamed this Yirgacheffe “Mokamba.” It is a blend of coffees from three regions. Primarily, it's coffee from the Kambata region—which is known for the production of ginger—blended with special preparations from Sidamo and also Wolyata. The cherries, Arabica heirlooms, are farmed at altitudes ranging from 1,500 to 1,800 masl. After harvesting, which takes place between October and December, the cherries are patio dried. The three green coffees are carefully balanced to create a harmonious natural–process profile, with hints of sweet berry, grape and chocolate, as well as a creamy body.

If you are looking for the best whole bean coffee, we highly recommend this Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or “Mokamba".’

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