Do you depend on coffee to start your day? Is it your companion at work? Does coffee help you relax later? If so, you’re in luck. It turns out that there is more to coffee than its great taste. Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages around, and you can get even more benefits when you choose a brand of coffee that is pure and gentle on the stomach, such as Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee. Here are five surprising health benefits of coffee.
Coffee can support normal blood sugar levels.
People who drink coffee tend to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That’s important because more than 11% of adults in the US have diabetes, or high blood sugar, and more than one-third of adults have prediabetes and are at high risk for developing diabetes within the next few years if they do not change their habits. Each cup of coffee that you drink can lower diabetes risk by a few percent. It may help by increasing insulin sensitivity, or how well different cells in your body responds to insulin to lower blood sugar.
Coffee is high in nutrients.
They say a healthy breakfast has benefits, and coffee may be part of that nutritious breakfast. It has riboflavin, or vitamin B2, niacin, or vitamin B3, and pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5. It also has manganese, which is an essential mineral. Add milk to your coffee, and you can get calcium, protein, and vitamin D as well.
Coffee supports brain power.
If you tend to drink caffeinated coffee, you probably know first-hand the value of coffee for stimulating your brain. The increase in focus and improvements in memory when you’re caffeinating are not due to your imagination. Longer term, people who drink coffee are less likely to experience age-related dementia.
Coffee supports better weight management.
Caffeine in coffee has a number of effects on your weight. First, it increases your energy levels, so you are more likely to move around and burn more calories. Caffeine speeds metabolism, which is another reason why you burn more calories when you drink coffee. Plus, it appears that coffee helps with fat burning. To make your coffee work for your weight, be sure not to add too much sugar or cream, or sugary syrups.
Coffee can support a healthy liver.
Your liver is an organ that is the detox center of your body. It also plays a major role in metabolism. Over time, a high-fat diet or too much alcohol can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. That’s a risk factor for liver cancer, but people who drink coffee have lower rates of cirrhosis.
Coffee That’s Gentle on the Stomach
Do you ever worry that coffee bothers your stomach or causes heartburn? Low-acid coffee can fit into a low-acid diet, which you may be on if you have acid reflux, IBS, or ulcers, or are a bariatric surgery patient, for example. Or, you might simply like low-acid coffee because it tastes less bitter without so much acid.
Now that you know how healthy coffee can be, you can feel good about using it to greet the day, stay awake and wind down later. Every choice in Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee 5lb Bag Fresh Ground Variety Pack is pure, free from chemicals and contaminants, fresh, and delicious. See how good it feels to drink healthy beverages when you choose low-acid coffee.