The benefits of coffee - part 1

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As we well know in coffee there is caffeine, which can bring countless benefits to our body. In fact, it helps digest thanks to the stimulatory effect, it has a protective function on the heart and it is energizing for the brain. It also stimulates the metabolism and therefore increases the calories burned.

We all know: coffee contain caffeine, which can bring countless benefits to our body.

But before talking about the benefits, let's try to understand what caffeine is and in which type of coffee it is most concentrated.

It is a natural alkaloid found in coffee, cocoa, tea, cola, guarana and mate plants. Caffeine, as we well know, has stimulating and psycho-activating effects, which can be used both for recreation and for curative purposes.

If caffeine is taken in moderate quantities it can have countless beneficial effects.

WHO (World Health Organization) sets the daily intake limit of 300mg of caffeine.

It doesn't matter if we talk about filter coffee, espresso, moka pot, macchiato, arabica or robusta, soluble quality, capsules and so on ... the effect of caffeine is exactly the same.

What can vary is the concentration of caffeine within the obtained beverage, which depends on the extraction method used and the quality of coffee chosen.

For example, caffeine is contained in a lower concentration in soluble coffee, intermediate in espresso, elevated in moka pot and maximum in coffee filtered or obtained with gravimetric percolation, therefore with the Neapolitan pot.

Furthermore, there is less caffeine in arabica beans and more concentrated in robusta.

Now let's see what are the benefits that a correct consumption of caffeine can bring us:

1- Stimulating effect

Yes, coffee helps digest; it is therefore excellent drunk after meals!

Caffeine has a stimulatory effect on gastric and biliary secretion, i.e. it stimulates the production of gastric juices in the stomach and the production of bile by the gallbladder. The digestive capacities of the stomach are thus increased, both in terms of time and quality.

2- Energizing effect

Caffeine has an energizing effect on heart and nervous function, as it slows down the heart rate and performs a protective function on the heart.

It also dilates the bronchi and coronaries, improving breathing and, in some cases, counteracting allergies and asthma.

Caffeine is also energizing for the brain. By acting at the hippocampus level, it blocks the negative outcomes that stress induces on mood and memory disorders, enhancing it both in the short and long term.

Finally, it also stimulates concentration, allowing our brain to work more efficiently.

A research conducted by the University of Naples confirms the close and inverse relationship between coffee consumption and the incidence of depression.

3- Lipolytic and anorexizing effect

Coffee promotes weight loss. No, it is not enough to drink a lot of coffee to obtain a perfect silhouette, coffee can only promote an adequate diet combined with exercise.

In any case, caffeine increases the dispersion of the energy introduced with the foods in the body, in this way the energy cannot be made available in the form of fat, thus helping the individual to control body weight.

In other words: by stimulating the metabolism, caffeine increases the amount of calories burned by the "human machine".

All this is more effective, however, if the coffee is drunk bitter. With the addition of sugar, additional calories would be introduced, which the body will then have to dispose of. In fact, a bitter coffee contains about 2 calories, macchiato contains about 10 and with the addition of a bag of sugar about 30.

Finally, thanks to its anorectic effect, caffeine decreases the sense of appetite.

These are just some of the benefits of moderate coffee intake.

If you are curious to find out more, stay tuned!

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