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Posted on: March 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm
Last updated: August 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm

There’s been a lot of controversy over whether or not coffee is beneficial or harmful to our health. Recently, more information was revealed, highlighting the positive benefits that a daily coffee dose can have on your liver!

Drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day can boost the enzyme production in your body and allow for a stronger liver and a decreased risk of liver disease. (7)

Something many people don’t know is that this is the case for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees! When you drink decaffeinated coffee you’re eliminating the negative effects that caffeine can have on your body whilst also reaping the benefits of coffee beans!

Black coffee is the healthiest way to consume the drink of course, but if you don’t like it black, then stick to a low fat, grass fed milk, or an organic almond milk! When you buy your coffee, make sure that it’s organic, free-trade coffee… none of the garbage specialty drinks from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts! Can’t part with flavored coffee? Try this simple recipe to spice up your cup of Joe with all healthy ingredients.

Making your own coffee each morning not only saves you a ton of money, it also ensures that you control what goes in your coffee, which grade of coffee you drink and how much you’re drinking each day. I don’t know about you, but I like being in control of the things I eat and drink.

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Coffee is also jammed packed with antioxidants, and when consumed on a daily basis it can lower your risk of diabetes (8).

To top it all off, people that drink 3 cups of coffee a day are 80% less likely to suffer from cirrhosis of the liver (7).

How Coffee Actually Affects Your Body, by the Minute

Coffee passes easily (and immediately) into your bloodstream through membranes in your mouth, throat, and stomach. In chapter two of “Caffeine for the Sustainment of Mental Task Performance“, researchers found that within the first 45 minutes of drinking coffee, those membranes have already absorbed 99 percent of the caffeine. (9)

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Like any other drug, caffeine has a has a half-life. Think of your morning coffee for a second. If you drink it at 7 in the morning on your way to work, you probably feel the need to brew another pot around noon. So, it’s no coincidence that coffee’s half-life is, on average, between 5 hours. (9)

That’s when it begins to wear off. However, how quickly you metabolize caffeine depends on your genes. Studies have found that the variation of the gene PDSS2, for example, is responsible for processing caffeine more slowly than people without that gene variation. This suggests why people feel the peak effects of caffeine anywhere between 15 to 120 minutes after ingestion. Hence, the crash that so many people experience. (9,10)

Here’s an extra list of coffee’s health benefits:

  • Improves energy levels (obviously)
  • Helps burn fat. A study published in the American journal of Clinical Nutrition found that coffee increased metabolism in both healthy and obese adults for at least 3 hours after drinking. Interestingly, its fat-burning effects were only seen in non-obese participants (2).
  • Provides essential nutrients such as riboflavin, potassium and manganese (1)
  • Protects you from Alzheimer’s disease (3)
  • Help fight depression and anxiety (4)
  • Help lower risk of stroke (5)
  • Relieve constipation (6)

If you didn’t already love coffee, now you’re sure to fall head over heels!

Sources:

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(1) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/3898/2

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7369170

(3) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12603-014-0021-7

(4) http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1105943?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru&nr_email_referer=1

(5)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920945

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(6) http://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/Abstract/2005/01000/The_perceived_effect_of_various_foods_and.20.aspx

(7) http://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278(05)00018-8/fulltext?refuid=S0168-8278(13)00080-9&refissn=0168-8278&mobileUi=0

(8) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf990510g

(9) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK223808/

(10) https://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-metabolism

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