These days it seems as though most people are making espresso at home. I remember when my mom and her friends used to percolate their coffee. Then, when I was out of university, it was cool to plunge. And now, well, if you don't have your own espresso or pod machine, you're brewing your freshly-ground beans in your mocha pot. Gone are the days of a heaped teaspoon of instant.
And what with the price of coffee at coffee shops these days, it's no wonder we're making it ourselves. Especially if you need more than one cup a day.
But is all this caffeine good for us? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that it is.
This fabulous bean offers quite a few health benefits:
1. The most obvious one, is that it makes our brain work better. You know the feeling, a sharper focus and good reaction time—even after a late night. It is said to improve brain function by blocking adenosine, which is an inhibory neurotransmitter. And even better, this then helps with warding off diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
2. It’s a great antioxidant, some say you'll get more out of a cup of coffee than a bowl of fruit.
3. For those of us fighting the bulge, there’s more good news. Coffee helps speed up metabolism. It can actually increase the rate at which we can burn fat. But you’ll have to make sure to skip the sugar!
4. Don’t think you’ll be missing out on nutrients. The coffee bean comes with vitamin B2 and B5, potassium and many others.
5. And it's been said that drinking coffee will help keep Type 11 diabetes at bay. Again, of course, that’s only if you take it without sugar.
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