Is caffeine bad for you?

Let’s start with the fact that coffee is nutritious! You heard me right! A single cholesterol-free 6 ounce cup of plain coffee brewed from grounds delivers 12% of the magnesium and potassium and 16 percent of calcium. Here are some surprising interesting facts you may not have known about your delicious Mocha Frappuccino!

Coffee Lights up your brain!

Take a sip of coffee, and its caffeine zips from your mouth and through your body to your brain where it blocks adenosine, a natural chemical that slows the transmission of messages from one brain cell to another. With adenosine preoccupied two other natural brain chemicals, norepinephrine (an organic chemical that functions in the brain and body as a hormone and neurotransmitter) and dopamine (a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior), spring into action firing up nerve cells that enable you to think faster. This is why caffeine makes you alert, sharpens your brain, and has a positive effect on your memory and your brain health.

Coffee helps with the blues.

Feeling blue? A cup of coffee can give you the lift that you need to make it through the day! Those who consumed two to three cups of coffee daily had a 15 percent lower risk for depression, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine. Caffeine is also known to boost your energy and feeling of well-being by aiding in the release of feel good serotonin. Talk about a pick me up!

Caffeine Fuels Your Workouts

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more than 40 years’ worth of studies shows that caffeine enhances your exercise endurance. Caffeine releases adrenaline into your blood stream to give you the pump you need! Perhaps the greatest benefit of having coffee before your workout is its fat burning properties. Coffee, when consumed before exercise can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Also, the high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will increase your metabolism, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day. Having coffee before exercise enhances that effect. Caffeine and other compounds found in coffee act as an appetite suppressant, making you consume less overall. I personally love to have a few shots of espresso right before I work out. The caffeine will aid in elevating your heart rate which causes you to burn more calories.

Boosts Your Antioxidants

Coffee is a potent antioxidant. In fact, the average American actually gets more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits or vegetables. This is great news considering antioxidants aid in your body’s ability to block the activity of chemicals known as free radicals that damage cells, and can cause certain cancers and heart disease. I’ll drink to that!

Caffeine Stimulates Hair Growth

Caffeine is considered a stimulant for hair follicles. Research by the International Journal of Dermatology indicated that topical treatment with caffeine resulted in the increase in average growth of hair follicles. It is also known to extend its life cycle. This is because caffeine can block the effect of DHT, which damages the hair follicles and is responsible for causing male pattern baldness.

Caffeine Helps Reduce Cellulite

When caffeine is applied topically, it can actually work to reduce the fat content within a person’s cells. Caffeine can help the body to burn off the deposits of fatty tissue that cause cellulite, and this is how Caffeine works as a cellulite fighter when combined with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

Starting in 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tracked more than 500,000 American men and women for about 12 years. Their findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 showed a clear link between coffee drinking and healthy longevity.