The Health Benefits of Caffeine

benefits of coffeeHumans drink 400 billion cups of coffee a year! That’s a lot of coffee.

Caffeine is a necessity for many people all over the world. It’s found in coffee, soda, chocolate, energy drinks and even clothing. Many people choose to drink caffeinated drinks to get an energy boost in the morning or throughout the day. Caffeine has a chemical structure that is similar to adenosine – a chemical in the process of creating energy in our bodies. This is why caffeine gives a boost of energy to those who consume it. Caffeine, in moderation, is not unhealthy. In fact, there are many health benefits to caffeine that many people do not realize.

Coffee

Coffee has numerous benefits. Many caffeinated drinks such as coffee contain antioxidants. In addition, caffeine has fat burning qualities and can even boost your metabolism. This is good for weight loss. Caffeine can improve blood circulation, relieve muscle pain and even promote muscle growth.

The qualities in caffeine make it an excellent tool to be utilized for weight loss and fitness. Drinking caffeine before a workout can increase alertness and energy levels- promoting a better workout. Caffeine can help with concentration as well. Because of its metabolism boosting qualities, consuming caffeine can help while dieting. In fact, you will find caffeine in many “fat burning” pills around the world.

Here’s a video by HowStuffWorks explaining the health properties of caffeine in a little more depth

Green Tea

Green tea is an excellent source of caffeine and also is rich in antioxidants. There are many health benefits to green tea, including a decrease risk of heart disease. Green tea is an excellent source for energy because it is also very low in calories.

Obviously, drinking caffeine in excess can have its side effects. Too much caffeine can lead to insomnia and irritability. There are also very unhealthy ways to consume caffeine; soda for instance, is filled with sugar and fat and has almost no nutritional value. However, for the most part, indulging in caffeinated drinks such as black coffee and tea has an immense amount of benefits.