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Can Coffee Help Brain Function?

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New Research Shows that Coffee can help with Brain Function, Burn Fat, and More!

Most of us look forward to that hot cup of coffee, right after we wake in the morning.  But did you know what that that morning cup of Joe is helping to reduce the risk of Parkinson, and Alzheimer’s disease?

Check out this great article about how great coffee can be for your brain!

 

Few beverages divide the natural health world quite like coffee. For every one expert who proclaims that coffee is one of the healthiest drinks we can consume, there seems to be at least one other expert who proclaims the exact opposite: that quitting coffee is a prerequisite for establishing a healthier lifestyle.

While there can be disadvantages to drinking coffee (for example, coffee can contribute to insomnia and restlessness in some individuals), studies continue to show that regular consumption of this aromatic and much-loved beverage is overwhelmingly beneficial for the average person’s health — especially if the coffee is sourced from high-quality, organic beans.

Coffee boosts brain function

Coffee beans are one of the world’s greatest sources of caffeine, a bitter alkaloid proven to benefit brain function. For example, a study published in Psychopharmacology found that as little as 32 milligrams of caffeine (less than that found in a single cup of coffee) “significantly improved auditory vigilance and visual reaction time.” A review featured in Nutrition Bulletin also found that caffeine had beneficial effects on mood and mental clarity.

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Coffee helps burn fat

There’s a good reason why caffeine is found in most commercial fat-burning supplements: It works. For example, research published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that caffeinated coffee increased lipid oxidation (the degradation of fat) by 10 percent in obese women and a whopping 29 percent in lean women. This effect tends to diminish with age, however, and it is more pronounced in younger people.

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Coffee guards us from serious neurodegenerative diseases

Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most common causes of dementia in the Western world, and there are no known cures for them. That said, it is possible to minimize our risk of them by eating a diet rich in organic whole foods, remaining active and — if the studies are to be believed — drinking more coffee.

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Coffee is packed with antioxidants

While coffee is not an especially rich source of essential nutrients (it contains small amounts of certain B vitamins and minerals, and that’s it), it is one of the world’s finest sources of disease-fighting antioxidants. In fact, research published in The Journal of Nutrition found that coffee was the single greatest contributor to antioxidant intake among the patients tested (yes, even more than fruits and vegetables). Clearly, this is a beverage that none of us should feel guilty about consuming!

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Special thanks to Michael Ravensthorpe for this article.  Michael is an independent writer whose research interests include nutrition, alternative medicine, and bushcraft. He is the creator of the website, Spiritfoods, through which he promotes the world’s healthiest foods.

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