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Coffee Benefits? Sign us up!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

We love our coffee! No, seriously, it’s a never ending affair. And we’re tired of hearing how caffeine and it’s addiction is bad for you. So we went on a little hunt, and discovered, lo and behold, that coffee has its benefits too! Here’s what we found.

 

1. It can help burn fat

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 burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3–11%

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Image source – Entrepreneur

2. It cuts the pain

Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.

3. It ups your energy and smart levels

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine — the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function. 

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Image source – Eating Well

 

4. A warrior against cirrhosis of the liver

Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.

 

5. Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s

There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease. 

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Image source – BBC

 

6. Lowered risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative condition, right behind Alzheimer’s. It’s caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in your brain. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, with a risk reduction ranging from 32–60%

 

7. Contains essential nutrients

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
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Image source – Shambala School

 

8. Lowers risk of Type II Diabetes

Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. Hint Hint!

 

9. Less risk of heart disease

Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. Another study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries.

 

10. May lower risk of cancer

Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer, while similar studies found that those who drank 4–5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

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Image source – oatleyvigmond.com

So, come on over for a cuppa!

 

Bare Facts about your Favorite Brew (Coffee)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Coffee is that one delectable addictive we’ll probably never be able to give up. For many of us, it is the magic potion that banishes sleep, anger, hunger and a bad mood. We cling to our coffee mugs like we cling to hope and just like that optimistic emotion, coffee too helps us feel like everything is going to be okay. If you too love this warm brew as much as we do, here are some facts about this bitter-sweet liquid you’ve probably never heard of before.

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Image courtesy: keurig

  • This piece of trivia will particularly interest cappuccino drinkers; the word ‘cappuccino’ finds its roots in a name used to address 16th century Italian friars. Called the Capuchin friars, these holy men wore brown tunics and lived a hard and simple life. Later on, the name Capuchin was given to a breed of monkeys covered in brown fur. Eventually, the word came to be associated with coffee lightened by milk, cream or egg! Well, so how do you like to have your cup of cappuccino?
  • Coffee is still an integral part of Turkish culture. However, a couple of decades ago, it played an important role in matrimonial matters as well. Men would gauge a woman’s homemaking skills based on her ability to brew coffee. Women in turn were legally allowed to divorce their husbands if they didn’t bring home a daily supply of coffee!
  • Love how you can just hold a cup under the coffee dispenser and get all the coffee you want? Well, a few centuries back that wouldn’t have been possible, and that’s not because dispensers hadn’t been invented yet. In the days of yore, many countries tried to ban coffee as rulers and governments feared the stimulating powers of the beverage. Mecca banned coffee is 1511. In 16th century Europe, clergymen labelled it a satanic drink and demanded it be banned. The Ottoman ruler Murad IV prescribed harsh penalties for coffee drinking, like flogging or drowning. In 1746, the Swedes went an extra mile by banning not just coffee, but coffee cups and dishes too!
  • Would you pick brewed coffee over filter coffee any day? Well, you might want to reconsider your preference as brewed espresso is believed to contain 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains just 0.6% fat!
  • In 2001, The Brazil Postal Office launched coffee-scented postage stamps to publicize and celebrate aromatic Brazilian coffee. The smell is said to last up to 3-5 years!

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Enjoy coffee and art at QTube Cafe!

Well, if all these strange and captivating facts have made you crave for a strong cup of coffee, waste no time and make your way to QTube Café, for here, you can sip on cups of coffee for free! Plus, you can indulge in some reading or a board game to pass time, for the Café is stocked with both! Come on down to enjoy your favorite beverage at your favorite hangout!