Your daily cup of coffee may be doing more for you than providing that early-morning pick-me-up. The health impact of green coffee has long been a controversial topic, with advocates touting its antioxidant activity and brain-boosting ability, and detractors detailing downsides such as insomnia, indigestion and an increased heart rate and blood pressure. But the latest wave of scientific evidence brings a wealth of good news for coffee lovers. Here are some reasons drinking green coffee may be healthier for you than you thought.
An Awakening Aroma
The green coffee aroma is as much appreciated as is the taste. It may come as a surprise to some people that just the aroma of a cup of coffee can you wake you up. Scientists believe that the rich green coffee smell can change the activity of protein and genes in the brain, and help against effects of sleep deprivation.
Increase Your Metabolism
This is good news for anyone thinking of starting a workout routine, or for others who have an exercise regimen in place already. The antioxidants from the green coffee will naturally boost your energy levels, revving up your metabolism so you can kickstart your day. While the effects are short-lived, you can still take advantage of the extra energy while it lasts.
Also, drinking green coffee after a workout can even increase metabolism. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that endurance athletes who had a cup of green coffee after exercise had a 66 percent increase in muscle glycogen, which helped them to quickly replace energy stores used during exercise.
Green Coffee is often used to counter the effects of a hangover. Well, a cup a day can also prevent liver cirrhosis due to excess consumption of alcohol. Liver cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease and is 20% less likely to occur to people who consume 1 cup of coffee daily.
Green Coffee does not only wake you up and get going for the day. It can actually make your brain function better and make you smarter. The active ingredient in coffee is CGA, which is a stimulant that blocks the effects of adenosine in the body. It increases the neural firing in brains and releases dopamine and norepinephrine. Controlled trials have revealed that green coffee can enhance mood, reaction time, memory, cognitive function, and vigilance.
Multiple studies have linked green coffee drinking to lower rates of depression in both men and women. In several studies, the data suggested an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and depression: in other words, heavy coffee drinkers seemed to have the lowest risk (up to 20 percent) of depression.
Keeps Your System Cleansed
Coffee’s a diuretic. This means drinking green coffee will make you urinate more frequently than if you didn’t drink coffee. This is a good thing in most cases because it keeps your system cleansed. The human body often flushes out harmful bacteria and viruses this way and drinking green coffee enhances this natural process. Through this, black coffee drinkers become sick far less often.
Keeps You Calm
Even just smelling green coffee makes you feel calmer. It actually changes the composition of a protein in the brain that’s associated with stress, specifically stress as a result of sleep deprivation. This is why we all learned early on that we feel so much better in the morning after a cup of green coffee.