#1 What Are The Direct Effects Kona Coffee Has On Belly Fat Burn?
Excess sugar in your coffee is still bad for you, that said direct kona coffee has other nutrients which are still essential, although caffeine can help your body burn any excess fat you’ve acquired from your local coffee shop, and here’s how:
Caffeine: The higher your Metabolic rate, the easier it is for you to eat without gaining weight.
You know those skinny people who can eat a mountain of food and stay skinny? Chances are, they either drink a lot of Kona Coffee or they have a naturally high Metabolism.
One study has proven that caffeine can directly increase your metabolic rate by 3-11%, up to three hours after ingestion. Another study found that caffeine increases oxidative free fatty acid (FFA) disposal by 44%, which is just a fancy way of saying “converted fat to energy.”
Apart from speeding up your metabolism, caffeine also helps to release FFAs into the bloodstream, making them more available for energy conversion.#2 What Are The Most Known Direct Health Benefits Of Kona Coffee? And Will It Give You A (Temporary) Energy Boost?
I know this point seems rather obvious - after all, it’s the reason most of you drink kona coffee - but for that very same reason it belongs in this list.Do you know why caffeinated kona coffee has this direct effect?
In science-y terms, caffeine induces a brain hypoperfusion, which means (just in case you weren’t a neuroscientist) that caffeine speeds up the brain’s energy metabolism while also decreasing blood flow.
This triggers the release of norepinephrine, a chemical responsible for alertness and arousal (not that kind…).
And just in case you’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean for your entire life, there is some very recent research showing the positive effects coffee has on energy. As stated above, coffee can dramatically improve your alertness, but also can improve your mental performance.
Additionally, if consumed on a regular basis throughout the day, kona coffee can help to maintain mental and psychomotor performance.
But I’m still not done! Some studies even indicate that coffee can improve physical endurance by 12%, but we will get into that a little later (in the list).#3 Does Kona Coffee Directly Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease?
Apart from giving you energy and helping to burn fat, coffee also has some disease prevention qualities as well (que superhero theme music).
Coffee can help to decrease your relative risk to a number of serious diseases, one of which is Parkinson’s disease.
There are quite a few studies that have found coffee can significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. One study reported that a cup of kona coffee contributes to a substantial 31% decrease in risk.
Other studies have found even greater risk reduction when controlling for outside factors like smoking and drinking alcohol. One such study reported a 58% reduced risk in both men and women. Another found, when consuming five or more cups per day, men had a 61% reduced risk and women had 60% reduced risk.
Although the exact mechanism for coffee’s Parkinson’s demolishing powers is still unclear, one research study reported that it is most likely related to caffeine and not some other nutrient.#4 Will Kona Coffee Protect You Against Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Spoiler alert: coffee improves cognitive performance. Total shocker, I know, but for all of you non-believers, take a seat and prepare for some knowledge.
The study also noted that kona coffee was the major source of caffeine for the research participants.
Other studies have tried to pinpoint exactly what in caffeine is helping to halt the onset of these diseases. A 2014 study found that caffeine blocks various tau receptors (a protein that contributes to brain cell degeneration). Another study found that caffeinated coffee increased GCSF - a substance greatly decreased in Alzheimer’s patients - levels in the bloodstream.#5 Can Kona Coffee Protects My Liver?
Aside from being your brain’s best friend, coffee also has an interesting relationship with some of your other, equally vital organs.
Your liver has benefited from a bromance with coffee ever since they first met. After all, coffee is who your liver calls after a night of drinking, as it has been proven that some of the active ingredients in kona coffee protect your liver from alcoholic cirrhosis.
The relationship between coffee consumption and liver cirrhosis
Interestingly, another, similar study, showed that coffee can help protect you against nonalcoholic cirrhosis as well - although the causes of N.A cirrhosis are still unknown.#6 Is Regular Coffee Consumption Reducing My Risk of Cancer?
Not that Alzheimer's, Dementia and liver disease aren’t big deals, but holy shit coffee can help prevent cancer!
And not just one or two types of cancers, kona coffee can help to prevent cancers in many of your body’s vital organs.
Regular caffeine consumption has been shown to reduce these types of cancers
Drinking 1-4 cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 15%, and drinking 4-6 cup a day can reduce your risk by 26%
Drinking 2 cups a day has been associated with a 43% reduced risk of liver cancer
Daily coffee consumption has been associated with a 20% reduced risk of endometrial (lady parts) cancer, with that risk decreasing by 7% with each cup
Consuming five or more cups of coffee a day has been linked to a 40% decrease in the risk of glioma (brain tumor)
The above are just the most significant findings, but coffee has been linked, although mildly, to decreased risk of many other types of cancer (which you can see here).#7 Is There A Link Between to Longer Life Expectancy and Regular Coffee Consumption
Apart from all the badassery I’ve already mentioned, coffee has been associated with longevity, and decreased overall risk of mortality.
A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking one cup a day could lower overall mortality risk by 6%, three cups could reduce risk by 8%, and five cups could reduce risk by 15%.
In addition to general longevity (as if that wasn’t a big deal itself), coffee has been shown to help prevent a myriad of life threatening diseases. Some I’ve already covered, other’s I will cover later in this article; however, since we are talking about life expectancy here is a quick list of them all:
Since the CDC has listed diabetes the 7th largest killer in the good ole US of A, it is also worth mentioning that coffee can help prevent that as well.#8 Coffee is a HUGE Source of
The Untold Story Of Antioxidants!
Forget wine, forget fruit, forget vegetables; kona coffee is probably one of the largest sources of antioxidants in your diet. If you don’t drink coffee, you better get on that, because you just won’t find a better source of antioxidants out there.
As you can see, the level of antioxidants and coffee far surpasses any other source
It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. Antioxidants help to limit a chemical called free radicals, which have been associated with cell degeneration as well as a number of deadly diseases. By increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet you can limit free radicals in the body, and limit your risk to some of these diseases.#9 Kona Coffee Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Did I mention that coffee can also protect your heart? No? Well, coffee can also protect your heart!
There has been a myth floating around that coffee can increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
However, that same study does point out that drinking more than six cups of coffee a day can result in a loss of these preventative benefits.#10 Can Black Kona Coffee Can Prevent Tooth Cavities?
Kona Coffee wouldn’t be much of a superhero unless it battled some evil enemy with a weird sounding name. And it does! Coffee can help to protect your teeth by ruthlessly destroying something called Streptococcus Mutans (AKA - S. Mutans) which sounds, even more, evil).
The study pointed out that additives, like sugar or syrup, essentially cancelled out any of the anti-mutans properties of coffee. Which means your dentist will not be impressed when you come strolling in for your appointment, with a venti caramel macchiato in hand.#11 Does Caffeine from Coffee Improves your Physical Performance?
It is not just your mental performance that Kona coffee stimulates, but also your physical performance. In much the same way coffee wakes up the brain, coffee can also help jump-start your body.
There have been many studies to show that coffee can enhance overall physical performance.
Using measures like time to exhaustion, running/cycling performance, the perception of fatigue and cycling power, researchers have found that drinking one to two cups of coffee can benefit performance:
RESULT OF CAFFEINE ON PERFORMANCE
Sprinting - Running To Exhaustion
Bench Press -Muscular Endurance
One Rep Weight Increased by 4.4 lbs. (2kg)
Marathon - 8km Run
Blood Lactate Levels Higher After 3 Minutes
Improved Speed, Power & Passing Accuracy. Lower Perceived Fatigue
Cycling - Endurance
Time to Exhaustion Increased
Cycling - Speed and Power
Improved Speed and Power
As mentioned in some of the earlier topics, caffeine provides an energy boost by increasing the release of norepinephrine, also known as adrenaline, into the bloodstream.#12 How Can Coffee Reduces Post-Workout Muscle Pain?
Have you ever 'charged yourself up' with a coffee before hitting the weights? If so, good news: the benefits of coffee don’t end in the weight room.
Not only will kona coffee make your routine exercise worthy of one of those ultra-intense Gatorade commercials, where everything has a strange green tint, but it will also help with the post-workout pain.
Muscle pain after exercising is consistently lower after caffeine consumption (black bars)
The same study also shows that the hit from caffeine may actually help you achieve greater physical fitness by allowing you to achieve a higher number of repetitions during your workout - pump that iron, son!
Maybe you’re wondering now what is really in your cup of coffee that could help curb muscle soreness?
Maybe you’d like to know how your coffee can, essentially, numb your pain?#13 Will A Double-Shot Of Kona Coffee Improves Blood Circulation?
Here is another one that you’ve already heard: Kona coffee can help improve blood flow.
But, you probably didn’t know that, until recently, there wasn’t much scientific proof behind this statement, and that much of the research from before actually argues the opposite.
Let’s start with the opposing view.
Brain blood aside, coffee has recently been shown to increase blood flow throughout the rest of the body.
Increased bodily blood flow leads to the following indirect health benefits
Although the research isn’t exact yet, there is evidence that coffee can increase blood flow to most areas of the body, except the attic.#14 Can Coffee Boosts your Short and Long Term Memory?
None of this extra energy and improved mental performance wouldn’t be much good if your memory couldn’t keep up.
Fortunately, the coffee gods aren’t that cruel, so they packed in some memory-augmenting power along with all the other good stuff.
Not only can coffee enhance short-term memory, but it has also been shown to improve long-term memory as well.
The researchers even made this short video to help explain the study, for all you non-psychologists out there:
However, the same researcher did note that coffee does seem to impact certain types of memory and recall, mostly related to alertness and passive learning.
Regardless of these mixed findings, psychology is complicated, and most of the research on caffeine and memory is fairly new, so it should not be too surprising that initial findings are relatively mixed.#15 Are There Coffees That Reduces Gout in Men?
Last but not least, coffee can help curb the risk of gout. In case you aren’t familiar, gout is a condition in which defective metabolism of uric acid can cause arthritis. In most cases, gout affects the big toe, but can also cause swelling and pain in other joints of the leg.
A 2007 study found that coffee, not just caffeine, can significantly decrease the risk of gout in men, by lowering levels of uric acid in the body.
The relationship between coffee consumption and gout
Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a 40% decrease in the risk of gout, but, unfortunately, drinking 5 or fewer cups a day yielded less than a 10% reduction in risk.
The study showed that kona coffee can help reduce the risk of gout in women, although the impact was more significant than that in men, with 4 cups a day yielding almost a 60% reduced risk.
Unfortunately, sugar seems to reverse these benefits.
A study conducted on the relationship between sugar consumption and the risk of gout found a positive link between increased levels of sugar consumption and cases of gout. So, considering this, it’s best to stick with just a black cup and avoid the sugar (once again).Busting Common Myths About Coffee and Health
There are a lot of myths around coffee; some strange, but some actually believable.
Hopefully with this list we’ve already debunked some of those myths, yet there are still some out there we haven’t addressed.
What most of these more believable myths have in common is that there is some science behind them, but not completely foolproof science.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these myths:MYTH #1: Caffeine is Bad for You
People have been throwing this one around for a long time, and they cite everything from “that one headline they saw on yahoo.com,” to their yoga teacher.
Have you ever wondered why caffeine is bad for you? Sure there are negative effects of caffeine, but like everything, it needs to be consumed in moderation
I’m not saying that kona coffee doesn’t have some negative side effects (if you like chugging it by the gallon), but to say that it is simply unhealthy is stretching things by quite a lot.
In fact, the opposite is true, coffee is healthy for you.
Just in case you’ve forgotten or (more likely) skimmed through the above list, coffee can help to burn excess fat, prevent many life-threatening diseases, as well as some not-so-deadly diseases, and it can improve both mental and physical performance.MYTH #2: Unfiltered Coffee is Bad for You
This myth is a little trickier because it does have some legitimate science behind it. There are two relevant studies from where the idea that unfiltered coffee is not okay for you, originates.
However, the relationship between homocysteine and CVD has been widely debated and is still uncertain.
However, this study took place over the course of just 17 days, which is hardly enough time to conclude any long-term health impacts.
When looking at these sorts of data it is important to know their limitations. Although the whole Clint Eastwood approach of shoot first, ask questions later may work well in some situations (but not really) it’s important to know the details before you go pointing fingers.
To sum all this up, the evidence behind the myth is far from conclusive, and there needs to be more research before anyone can accurately claim that unfiltered coffee is bad for you.MYTH #3: Coffee Will Sober You Up
This myth is pretty popular, and, if you are familiar with all the energy and focus arousing awesomeness of coffee, seems pretty logical. However, I am sorry to report that it just isn’t true.
In reality, and strangely, coffee will still provide some of its attention awaking benefits when consumed after alcohol, which actually contributes to some confusing side effects.
Essentially, what is happening here is that the side effects are mixing, but alcohol is winning.
Even though kona coffee can give some people the perception of alertness, it does nothing to curb alcohol’s delirious effects. This is because, as one study reports, caffeine does not reverse ethanol-induced (getting drunk) learning deficits.
Go ahead and try drinking coffee after you’ve been drinking (i.e. during le-hangover phase) however it won’t do you much good (apart from possibly giving you a little much-need energy)Hacks: Maximize the Good Coffee and Minimize the Bad.
So you now know that coffee is actually pretty good for you, and you are ready to get started, but first let’s have a quick chat about how to get the most out of your coffee.
Here 5 simple coffee-health-hacks that will help you sidestep (most of) the negative, and magnify the positive:HACK #1: Use Only Quality Beans
So much of this one comes down to flavor and personal preference, however, just like with anything else you put into your body, you want to make sure it is of good quality.
Avoid cheaply produced coffee like the plague, because sometimes cheap production is synonymous with unhealthy pesticides and chemicals.
This doesn’t mean you should go buy the most expensive kona coffee you can find, this just means you should try and be aware of what goes into growing your coffee.
Buying from local roasters, instead of the supermarket, is a great way to avoid low quality beans. More than the supermarket clerk, the people working at the roastery will have a much more extensive knowledge of what they sell, and they typically aim for quality anyways.
You’ve been told a thousand time before: always check the label of the coffee you’re buying (and everything else that goes into your body, for a matter of fact).HACK #2: Choose Your Brew Method Wisely
A little earlier I talked about the possible negative health impacts of drinking unfiltered coffee. Although the evidence isn’t completely convincing yet, you may still decide to play it safe.
If that is the case then you may want to avoid brewing methods like a French Press, which is basically just boiled and strained kona coffee grounds. It tastes amazing, but there are still ways to get great flavor with filtered coffee.
A drip machine is also a good way to brew filtered coffee. These are the machines you are probably most familiar with, and there are so many different versions.
Generally, I’d recommend avoiding the models that look like the greasy coffee making machines at Waffle House, because there are plenty of other good options out there.
Another common brew method is brewing using immense pressure AKA the espresso machine – just be sure to pass on the sugar if you give a damn about your health.HACK #3: Time Your Coffee for a Better Night’s Sleep
However, this issue has an easy fix: good timing.
Although sleep disturbance is bad, bear in mind that what the study quotes as “significant disturbance” is not “staring at the ceiling all night.”
This means that if you have your last coffee at 5pm, you'll still have 80mg of caffeine in your system when you try to get to bed at 11pm. It depends on individual circumstances, but you should aim to have 50mg or less of caffeine in your system when you hit the hay.
An awesome way to track your caffeine levels is to use an app called caffeine zone, which allows you to input your beverage, time of consumption, and bedtime, and then tells you if you're good to go, or if you should skip that brew:
Yikes! According to caffeine zone, if I drink a standard sized coffee at 12:30pm, I'll only have a decent sleep after 10pm
Avoiding these negative side effects is as simple as timing your last cup of joe to 6 hours (ideally, 8) before you plan to go to bed. Personally, I don't drink coffee after 12pm (unless I know I'll be up late)HACK #4: Forget Bulletproof Coffee - Pair it with a Meal
You may, or may not, be familiar with new kona coffee trends. To be honest, it may be a fad, but I do love it personally. I went and made a whole recipe list of bulletproof coffee recipes here.
The defining ingredients of this coffee recipe is grass-fed butter and MCT oil.
The company claims that by adding grass-fed butter, which contains certain fats and nutrients, to their brand of coffee can help to increase brain function and burn fat.
Great news: There's no need to carry a supply of super-butter around with you.
A simpler, cheaper and less douchey solution would be enjoying your coffee with a healthy meal.
Here is a list of the best food items to include in a meal (which also offer the same vitamins and nutrients):
Pair your coffee with these food groups, and you'll be mimicking a bulletproof coffee, minus the hype
Saltwater fish, like tuna, herring and salmon are a great source of vitamin E, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids
Dark, leafy greens and carrots for vitamin A and vitamin K
Nuts and whole grains for omega-3 and vitamin E
Eggs and cheese (which should be used sparingly) are another good source of vitamin A
And potatoes for vitamin K
Although you can still find many of these nutrients in red and white meat and dairy, those typically come with a lot of fat, and don’t offer as much as the items listed above.
So forget the fad, forget, and just shoot for a cup of kona coffee with a healthy meal (you may already be doing this).HACK #5: Know Your Caffeine Limits, and Stick to 'Em
Despite all these numbers and figures and percentages I’ve thrown at you, you may still be wondering, “so, how much coffee should I drink per day?” or "How much kona coffee is too much?"
It can get a bit confusing, with different amounts yielding different results, but the sweet spot seems to be 4-5 cups a day. According to a review by the European Safety Authority, 400mg is the daily, safe, upper limit of caffeine consumption for adults.
Kona Coffee has also been shown to increase short-term feelings of nervousness and anxiety in some people. Keeping below six cups a day, and not drinking more than two cups in one sitting, can help you avoid these symptoms.
Check out this caffeine calculator for a more accurate (but not perfect) idea of your daily limits.THE BOTTOM LINE – Kona coffee health effects
Did you enjoy this list? I hope you learned something new, but if not I hope this list helped point you to even more informational sources.
Are there any benefits of not drinking kona coffee? Maybe. But because there is so much unfounded coffee-bashing going on, it is important to know the facts. There ARE coffee health benefits. Really.
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