People drink coffee for a variety of reasons—to boost their energy, fuel their brains, socialize with friends and colleagues, or simply for the taste. For most, coffee represents a combination of all these things and more. But what about health? We, at Explorer, are happy to announce that coffee, along with cold brew, has some great health benefits!
Coffee is naturally infused with many of the same nutrients that we get from eating our greens. Coffee is rich in a group of antioxidants called polyphenols, also found in many fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Polyphenols are superstar antioxidants that fight free radicals—agents that can damage our cells’ DNA—in our bloodstream. They are also proven to reduce inflammation, the culprit behind almost any chronic illness.
Reduced risk of disease
Researchers have come to link coffee drinking to a reduced risk of contracting a whole host of chronic diseases. In a series of studies, coffee drinkers saw a 10% reduced risk for diabetes and heart failure, and a 40-50% decreased risk of liver cancer. The caffeine in coffee is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well.
While coffee is packed with good antioxidants, it lacks in calories, carbs, proteins, and fats. Coffee’s low energy density, coupled with the fact that the caffeine has been shown to increase metabolic rate, makes it a helpful beverage for anyone who is trying to lose weight.
Thanks to modern research, us coffee drinkers can now have our daily joe with the peace of mind that we are doing our bodies a favor! But more than that—we can sip it with the intention of reaping specific health benefits!
The Explorer Team