Black coffee is a drink with many antioxidants and other stimulating nutrients, such as caffeine, for example, which helps prevent tiredness and other diseases, such as cancer and heart problems. Also, it has also been found that black coffee helps fight depression by improving mood and ensuring mood.
However, it has been seen that caffeine can increase blood pressure in people who are sensitive to it, who smoke or who have high levels of stress or anxiety. So, it is ideal that it is consumed in moderate amounts.
Below, we outline some of the known benefits of black coffee to human health.
Black coffee helps fight fatigue.
Because it is rich in caffeine and other bioactive compounds, black coffee helps combat tiredness, improves memory, alertness, and perception, and increases the ability to concentrate on performing simple tasks, hearing, time visual retention, and decreased sleepiness.
Besides, it increases energy levels, since it promotes the increase of some hormones that help to activate neurons. You should be able to ingest at least 75 mg of caffeine to have these effects.
However, it is important to know that the effects vary from person to person. It depends on the ability that each has to metabolize caffeine and eliminate it from the body.
Black coffee helps to limit the risk of cancer.
Some studies show that black coffee helps prevent certain types of cancer, such as breast, ovary, skin, liver, colon, and rectum, as it contains antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, caffeine, tocopherols, melanoidins, and phenolic compounds, which protect cells from free radical damage and decrease inflammation in the body.
Black coffee reduces headaches.
Black coffee helps to decrease and prevent headaches, as it promotes the contraction of arteries in the brain, preventing pain. Some studies indicate that the therapeutic dose in these cases should be at least 100 mg per day.
Black coffee stimulates weight loss.
Some studies show that black coffee consumption favors weight loss. It contains several active substances that can affect metabolism and stimulate it, such as caffeine, theobromine, chlorogenic acid, and theophylline, for example. These bioactive compounds cause the body to spend more calories and burn more fat, favoring weight loss.
Improve endurance in athletes
The consumption of caffeine in black coffee increases adrenaline levels in the blood, improving endurance and coordination in racket and high-intensity sports such as running, swimming, and rowing. Some studies suggest consuming 3 mg of caffeine per kg of body weight 1 hour before exercising.
Black coffee aid cardiovascular functions
Black coffee is potentially rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects. These components help protect cells from free radical damage and reduce insulin resistance, thereby protecting the heart and reducing the risk of a heart attack.
Black coffee helps to combat depression.
Moderate caffeine consumption, which is contained in black coffee helps prevent depression because it positively affects mood and cognitive performance due to its stimulating effect on the central nervous system.
Black coffee consumption is also linked to social living habits, stimulating coexistence with other individuals, and increasing personal well-being.
Black coffee improves memory.
It helps to have a better memory both in the short and long term. A study presented by the Radiological Society of North America in 2005 showed that drinking two cups of black coffee a day improves memory and increases the reaction time in any situation.
In addition to improving cognitive performance, black coffee helps protect the brain from neuronal degeneration. Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world and one of the main causes of dementia, has a 32% to 60% lower risk of appearing in black coffee drinkers.
Drinking black coffee in the morning is the best way to start the day, and not only because we enjoy its delicious flavor, but also for the health benefits it brings.
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