January 7th, 2021
Why Caffeine Makes a Super-Human Brew
You’re in luck - it’s some vitamin-C and let us tell you why…
Caffeine is one of the most widely used substances on the planet, it’s also one of the most researched in regards to how it affects the human body - handy, right?
It is naturally occurring in everyday food and drinks like tea, coffee and even chocolate; but this natural stimulant is also added to performance-boosting products, painkillers and specialist shampoos, so it does come with health benefits!
1. It can help you shed that muffin-top...
Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement and for good reason! It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat metabolism and there are several studies which show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by between 3-11%.
2. It can improve your physical performance!
No, not that kind of ‘physical performance’ (well, possibly that too), but when you’re off to the gym or have a hellishly long day at work to muscle through, a couple of cups of coffee can do your stamina wonders. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood, which prepares the body for intense physical exertion. Studies have shown that on average, it can improve your performance by 11-12% - so if you need that extra kick, you know what to do.
3. Coffee contains essential nutrients:
Okay, this one’s not purely about caffeine, but these are some awesome facts about your brew as a whole. Did you know that coffee is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It’s a good source of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), and a gold mine for Riboflavin (vitamin B12), both of which are vital for keeping nerve & blood cells healthy as well as metabolising fats. You can also find Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3) in your cup of coffee, useful for muscle growth and reducing fatigue respectively!
4. It can reduce depression!
Feeling a bit down in the dumps? Coffee.
Coffee stimulates the central nervous system and increases the production of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline - all important neurotransmitters that boost your mood!
5. Improved memory…
Michael Yassa and his team of scientists at Johns Hopkins found that caffeine has a positive effect on our long-term memory. Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances certain memories for at least up to 24 hours after it’s consumed. Drinking two 8oz cups of the good stuff a day has been proven to improve your long-term memory too!
6. Better circulation.
Drinking a 5oz cup of coffee has been shown to cause a 30% boost in capillary blood flow according to a Japanese study. This level of increased blood circulation results in better oxygenation of your body’s tissues - meaning you’ll your muscles won’t get tired as quick, ideal pre-workout!
So, there you have it!
A whole lotta tasty reasons to pop on the kettle and get your next brew on the go. Fancy trying some of our coffee? Browse the whole range here.
It's worth noting though, that as with almost everything, you can over-do it! All good things in moderation, right? If you have a low caffeine tolerance, approach Black Insomnia with caution!
Find the cited references for this article at the bottom of our 'Health Benefits of Caffeine' page.
By Black Insomnia
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