By The Valet

Recent studies show that coffee not only provides health benefits, but can actually be labelled a superfood in much the same way that red wine has recently been profiled. It’s more than just the effects that caffeine has on the body and brain.

A recent report by Harvard concluded that the healthful benefits of coffee include lower blood pressure, a slower rate of weight gain associated with aging, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and a reduction of risks involving heart and neurological diseases. Other studies have shown the reduced risk from various cancers, liver damage and depression among women.

The caffeine in coffee makes you smarter because it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. This improves brain function as other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine are increased resulting in increased memory, elevated mood, heightened vigilance, energy levels and reaction times. So that morning cup gets you going because it provides this improved general cognitive functions.

Coffee helps improve physical performance by increasing Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. Coffee breaks down fat cells and then releases them into the blood as free fatty acids which become available as fuel. Heading to the gym? Coffee consumed a half hour before your workout will improve your physical performance by 11% to 12%.

The caffeine helps burn fat and is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement – but coffee tastes better. The caffeine in coffee boosts the metabolic rate 3% to 11% and increases the burning of fat by as much as 10% in obese people and 29% in lean people. A lower risk of Type 2 diabetes is also a benefit of coffee and the benefit increase with each daily cup providing for a 7% (per cup) reduction in risk.

One cup of coffee provides you with 11% of the recommended daily requirement of Riboflavin (B12), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium and 2% of Niacin (B3). Studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from both fruits and vegetables combined.

Furthermore, coffee may protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia with an estimated 65% lower risk. It also reduces the risk of Parkinson’s by 32% to 60% (this benefit only applies to caffeinated coffee). A Harvard study concluded that women who have four or more cups a day have a 20% lower risk of depression. Coffee helps lower the risk of liver or colorectal cancer and has a protective effect on the liver against cirrhosis. In fact, four or more cups a day can equal as much as an 80% lower risk of cirrhosis.

Add in that your daily cups of coffee do not cause heart disease (as once believed) and may lower the risk of a stroke and you have what could certainly be described as a superfood. A superfood that Uptown Espresso will serve you under a layer of Velvet Foam at any one of our seven locations. Click here for locations.