By Tamsin Brown •
Published: 18 Mar 2022 • 15:38
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Black coffee not only tastes great, but it also has many health benefits.
While some of the benefits of black coffee are due to caffeine, it contains many other nutrients and components, which means that decaffeinated coffee also has some remarkable benefits.
Black coffee is rich in antioxidants, especially polyphenols, such as chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, ferulic acid and coumaric acid, which protect cells from the action of free radicals.
Activating the mind
Caffeine is the component of coffee that stimulates and activates us. Caffeine increases performance and concentration, energises us and improves cognitive functions such as memory.
A cup of coffee can improve athletic performance and has been shown to increase strength and endurance when drunk before a workout. Caffeine also helps to oxygenate the blood, which helps to improve circulation during physical activity.
Caffeine accelerates thermogenesis, a metabolic process that helps the body burn more fat. It is also optimal for preventing fluid retention.
Protection against serious diseases
One of the many benefits of coffee is that it helps to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including liver, colorectal, skin and prostate cancer. It has also been associated with preventing cirrhosis, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine can help to control a migraine attack, but only in small quantities. This is due to its vasodilatory properties, which help to combat headaches and increase the effect of painkillers.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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