Black coffee, with milk or a vegetable drink, with cinnamon, with cocoa, with coconut oil… It doesn’t matter, it’s always an excuse to be more active and meet with friends you haven’t seen for a long time.
To all this we have to add numerous epidemiological studies and systematic reviews that collect the health benefits that we can obtain from this fantastic drink (Navarro et al., 2017) (Poole et al., 2017).
Here’s a recap:
- Improves sensitivity to insulin (diabetes II).
- Risk reduction in different types of cancer (colon, liver, prostate).
- Lower risk of cirrhosis, steatosis and liver fibrosis.
- Protective effect in neurological diseases (Parkinson and Alzheimer).
- Protective effect on hypertension and cardiovascular diseases (curiously, many people think otherwise)
And, of course, it’s perfect as a pre-workout…
Coffee consumption and sports performance 🚴🏼
Among other things, caffeine intake (before exercise) helps to reduce the perception of effort and to increase muscle activation. This way, it can help you train better, for longer periods and with less fatigue. (Maughan et al., 2018) 💪
And, at a performance level, not only you have to consider its acute use before exercise, but its continued use also has an effect; it could improve adaptations to training in the long run. What an interesting molecule!
Antioxidant effect 🥝
Let’s not think that coffee is just caffeine! It also contains numerous bioactive compounds that act as antioxidants.
And actually, those who are on keto have a greater advantage on this matter. Dark coffee has a higher amount of antioxidants! The purest, the better. (Remember that you shouldn’t add any sugar nor milk in your coffee…)
So, my friend, I feel sorry for you if you don’t like coffee.