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Hey, Arrowhead Coffee Family! It’s Sara, coming at you again from Garrison Petawawa. Is it just me, or does it seem like there is a new product every day that claims to cure every ailment under the sun? (*cough* crystals and essential oils *cough*) Meanwhile, there may be something we are already doing that has a load of health benefits - DRINKING COFFEE. So please pull up a chair while I dazzle you with the benefits of coffee.
Coffee has been around since at least the 15th century (thank you Wikipedia), the origin is largely contested. There is one story from the 9th century where an Ethiopian goat-herder noticed his goats were energized after they ate these red berries from a certain bush. He brought these berries back to the monks, but they did not approve of these berries and threw these berries into a fire.
Once the berries were in the fire, that delicious coffee aroma. The monks were intrigued and put the roasted mystery into the water - which is thought to be the first cup of coffee. Although it is not proven, it still makes for excellent folklore. Clearly there must be benefits of coffee for it to have been around for at least 600 years (potentially even over 1,000 years). I mean, besides the fact that it is mighty tasty.
If you go on to the internet and search for the benefits of coffee, there are hundreds of results that come back. Here are some of the main benefits I found that were supported by science:
Some studies have also indicated that another benefit of coffee is it may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease. This is due to the fact that caffeine in combination with some of the fatty acids found in coffee has shown to decrease levels of alpha-synuclein clumps (signs of Parkinson’s disease); decrease inflammation, and protect neurones.
So while coffee won’t give you an everlasting youth, it is rich in antioxidants…which basically means that coffee is a superfood…basically. According to Healthline, antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause the body harm - in laymen terms the antioxidant is like a special forces operator neutralizing a terrorist (the free radical cells), making the world a better place.
While a large amount of research saw a positive link between the caffeine and fatty acids in a cup of coffee, there are still benefits to drinking decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee is still a source of antioxidants and fatty acids. It also, to a certain extent, provide the mental alertness benefits even without the punch of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee may also lower the risk of developing certain diseases like type II diabetes.
Coffee has some real benefits supported by science, unlike essential oils. In the case of essential oils, there is some evidence that they can do more harm than good to the body. Coffee has real benefits without a greasy snake oil salesperson.
What I can say for certain is that a cup of coffee before my workout is far superior to any pre-workout I’ve ever taken. It is delicious and there are no added chemicals or “proprietary blends,” like in pre-workout supplements. Seriously, the supplement industry is largely unregulated.
You will never completely know what is in the supplement you are ingesting and any potential negative impact it will have on the body. When you drink Canadian coffee, you can be assured that you’re drinking a quality cup of joe. Medium, dark, decaf - all made to the same high standard. Drink coffee, workout, get stronger.
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There are clearly so many potential benefits of coffee, so what is stopping you? Go have a cup!