Fit Facts: Coffee – Good or Bad for You?

Brendan Weafer

By Brendan Weafer [October 30th, 2016]

  • A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
  • Caffeine increases your levels of adrenaline, and releases fatty acids from fat tissues, leading to a better physical performance by those who consume caffeine before working out.
  • Coffee lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes. Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine. A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.

Coffee may reduce the risk of skin cancer.  Staying out of the sun and regularly applying a liberal amount of SPF should always be your number one line of defense against skin cancer. That said, a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee per  day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk.

However, the research did not indicate that coffee consumption reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, making it all the more important to protect your skin when outdoors.

Drinking an espresso or cappuccino after a meal is more than a relaxing habit. “When you drink coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate,” says Chris Kilham, medical researcher, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc. and author of Psyche Delicacies.

According to David Levitsky, PhD, professor of nutritional science at Cornell University, “Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps its contents into the duodenum—a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place—and also increases metabolic rate.” Keep in mind, though, that java isn’t a miracle brew: Downing it after dinner won’t make the pounds melt away; rather, sipping a cup post-meal could, in small part, help promote a healthy weight.

About
Brendan Weafer, a combative sports competitor since childhood, is a fitness expert with multiple certifications in corrective exercise, nutrition, and human motion. Fueled by his passion to help people lead healthy lives free of pain and injury, he has helped motivate thousands of clients to health and strength.
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