If you are one of those who are inspired by the aroma of black coffee in the morning, you should be grateful for your addiction. Black coffee or plain coffee, is ordinary bean coffee brewed without additives such as sugar, cream or milk. It has a strong aroma and a slightly bitter taste, and that’s exactly what makes it so popular.
There are many benefits of drinking plain coffee without any additives, many of which have been upheld by scientific research.
1. Makes you smarter
Caffeine has psychoactive properties and when you drink it, it has its effects on your brain where it blocks Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This increases dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters. This makes the brain work more proactively. It takes about 45 minutes for the coffee to travel through the digestive system and bloodstream to reach the brain. Activated neurons and chemicals in the brain improve your mood, memory, energy, response times, cognitive functioning.
2. Boosts metabolism
Caffeine is a common ingredient in most weight loss and fat burning supplements. If you drink coffee, it will help you lose weight. This does not mean, it can be used as a substitute for exercise. You should do both; take plain coffee and do workouts. Coffee is one of those substances found to be directly linked to reducing fat.
3. Supplies nutrients
The biggest benefits of drinking plain coffee could be the presence of antioxidants and other nutrients in it. Antioxidants are useful in fighting free radicals that weaken the bodyâs immune system and DNA. Antioxidants present in fruits and vegetables take longer for the body to absorb compared to antioxidants from coffee. Coffee also has potassium, magnesium, manganese, and vitamins such as B2, B3, B5. Coffee gives more value for money when it comes to the supply of nutrients from our food.
4. Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
Studies have shown that if you drink one cup (180 ml) of plain coffee daily, your chances of developing type 2 diabetes can reduce by 7%. If you take two mugs (360x2 ml) of coffee every day, your chances of developing type 2 diabetes are reduced by 28% compared to those who don’t take any coffee. Yet, here, we are talking about plain coffee with no sugar, milk, cream, or flavor. If you add these additives to your coffee, you may be aggravating your diabetes.
5. A healthier liver
Drinking coffee is believed to improve the health of the liver. A recent study has shown that drinking sufficient amounts of coffee regularly can cut down the risk of liver cirrhosis and live cancer. Studies show that people who drink five or more cups of plain coffee a day have 80% fewer chances of developing cirrhosis and 40% fewer chances of getting liver cancer.
6. Lowers risk of Parkinson’s
The neurodegenerative disease can be nerve-wracking and frightening both as a patient and a caregiver. It is in this context that it is interesting to note that on the one hand Parkinsons is linked to a drop in the dopamine level, on the other hand, your daily intake of coffee can boost the supply of dopamine in the brain. So, if you take plain coffee every day, you could be fighting off the chances of developing Parkinsons.
7. Fights depression, makes you happier
An increase in the supply of dopamine in the brain is one of the greatest benefits of drinking plain coffee. Dopamine is better understood as a pleasure chemical. Eating or drinking anything that increases the dopamine level in the brain will make you feel happier and fight depression. Studies have shown that people who take two mugs (360x2 ml) of coffee every day have 21% less possibility of getting depressed and 51% fewer chances of committing suicide. If you ever find a person under depression, try taking him out for a coffee. You will find he is better after the coffee. But try to keep the coffee plain. Drinking coffee can prove to be a lifesaver.
8. Lowers cancer risks
We have already discussed how coffee can lower the risk of developing liver cancer. It also lowers the risks of developing other types of cancers. People who take at least 2 mugs (360x2 ml) of coffee every day have 41% lower risks of liver cancer and 16% fewer risks of colorectal cancer. These two types of cancer are the 3rd and 4th largest cause of death respectively in the world. Coffee can also lower the risks of skin cancer among women by 21%.
9. Reduces heart-disease risks
People who drink plain coffee regularly are at least 22% less prone to suffering a stroke and generally have less possibility of developing heart diseases. Caffeine intake increases the heart rate and because of this, it is healthier for our cardiovascular system. Taking two mugs of coffee a day may have similar effects of going for a 5-km walk, which is good for your heart health. But this should not be your reason for not doing your daily exercises.
10. Cleanses your system
Coffee has diuretic properties. It makes you urinate more frequently if you drink plain coffee regularly than if you don't. This is a good way to keep our systems clean. Our bodies flush out disease-causing bacteria and viruses through urination. Drinking coffee makes this happen naturally. That’s why people who drink plain coffee do not fall sick so easily or often.
11. Makes us calmer
A sip of coffee is enough to bring a change in the mood. For some people, even the smell of coffee is enough to feel better. This is because its smell is enough to disintegrate a protein in the brain that causes stress, especially stress due to sleep deprivation. This is the reason why we feel so strongly for a strong cup of coffee right in the morning. It makes light of the problems and complexities that a new day is going to bring.
12. Reduces risks of dementia & Alzheimer’s
Caffeine’s effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters results in improved memory. Through the regular intake of caffeine over the years, you keep improving your memory and this reduces the chance of you developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Studies show that people who drink plain coffee regularly have 65% less risk of developing Alzheimer’s.