With more than 2.25 billion cups enjoyed worldwide every day, coffee is the planet’s single most valuable traded food commodity.
Coffee is a widely popular drink. It has been unfairly demonized in the past but is actually very healthy. In fact, coffee is a major source of antioxidants in the Western diet.
It’s also associated with many health benefits, including a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease. But does green coffee also have benefits for your brain? Let’s find out.
Contents of Green Coffee
There are various elements found in the beans. Nonvolatile alkaloids like caffeine; proteins and amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, volatile compounds like fatty acids; and nonvolatile Chlorogenic acid etc are its major contents.
But the content that levitates the popularity of green coffee to such a high degree is the nonvolatile chlorogenic acid.
Green Coffee and Depression
Part of the reason green coffee appears to be more effective than tea is that some of its components may counteract the negative effects of depression.
Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid. These acids can reduce the inflammation of nerve cells that takes place in the brain of people with depression.
Along with caffeine’s natural antioxidant properties, coffee can act as an anti-inflammatory in affected parts of the brain. This may relieve some of the discomfort and distress caused by depression, which is related to inflammation.
Green Coffee, with its high antioxidant properties, can be as effective as Tea in protecting against depression.
Green Coffee and Mental Performance
The antioxidants in the green coffee act as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on the level of intake, it can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention, and concentration.
Green Coffee may improve various aspects of brain function, including:
- Reaction time.
- General mental function.