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Caffeine’s Health Benefits & Three Natural Alternatives To Coffee

 

Ever wondered what substance actively prevents:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart problems
  • Different types of cancer?

The answer lies in this freshly brewed cup of steaming hot coffee …

Yes, the favorite American morning brew contains one of the healthiest substances – caffeine.

Countless studies and research have proved its complex health benefits.

What can caffeine do for you?

This miracle substance hacks your brain by:

  • Increasing your alertness.
  • Helping you concentrate a lot easier.
  • Improving your mood.
  • Reducing depression and anxiety levels (better and cheaper than Prozac).1

But, I bet you already knew some of them, since that’s one of the reasons why you drink it fervently in the morning.

However, are you aware of its other lesser-known capacities?

Caffeine Health Properties

Caffeine enhances the analgesic effect of headaches and migraine medications.

And that just barely scratches the surface of what this substance is capable of.

Caffeine possesses incredible cardiovascular benefits by reducing your risk of:

  • Hypertension
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Stroke 2

Not to mention that a growing body of data suggests that if you are a veteran coffee drinker, then you have:

  • Reduced risk of mortality. 3
  • Protection against neurodegenerative diseases. 4
  • Lower risk of select gastrointestinal disorders.

And it’s safe for seniors as well, even if you suffer from different ailments. But only in moderation.

So how much coffee should you consume?

To really benefit from its revitalizing properties, you shouldn’t consume more than 5 cups of coffee a day (400 mg/day). And no more than 200 mg (or 2½ cups of coffee) in one sitting.

Now there is a question that might come up.

“If coffee is such a healthy beverage, how come I haven’t experienced its benefits in their entirety?”

That’s a great question.

So, when is coffee bad for you?

Like most people, you probably like to add a lot of stuff to your coffee, like sugar and milk. But if you add too much sugar, that can spark a myriad of diseases.

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Also, if you’re a busy person, then most likely you don’t have time to brew proper coffee, so you drink instant coffee.

And unfortunately, that beverage that you’re drinking is filled with additives, tons of sugars, and barely a hint of real coffee.

Furthermore, if you purchase from vending machines, what you’re drinking is still instant coffee.

Bottom line: Most of the coffee that Americans enjoy is riddled with toxic chemicals, additives, and sugars. They provide little to no nutritional value. That’s the reason why you haven’t experienced its health effects yet.

Related: Blast Your Sugar Cravings Naturally


Another thing you should take into consideration is the amount.

Excessive coffee consumption can trigger:

  • Insomnia
  • Bone loss
  • Palpitations
  • Tremulousness
  • Increased risk of fractures
  • Raise anxiety, particularly in very sensitive people
  • Withdrawal symptoms accompanied by muscle fatigue

Contrary to popular belief, caffeine does not lead to dependence. But when you count in excessive amounts of coffee and add the overload of sugar and toxins to the equation, the result is pretty noxious.

So, as long as you consume it in moderation and prepare it yourself, you’ll definitely enjoy its extremely healthy benefits.

But, coffee is not the only beverage that contains caffeine. 

Three Caffeine Alternatives

Black Tea

It’s my personal favorite because it gives me that caffeine kick in the morning along with a sweet velvety taste.

Black tea contains up to 80 mg of caffeine, which is almost equal to a cup of coffee.

Also, by drinking it on a regular basis, you reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

When you purchase it, make sure that it’s organically sourced and preferably fair-trade certified.

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Guarana Berry

The extract of this fruit is used by athletes to increase their focus and energy levels.

In fact, guarana is stronger than coffee because it contains 200% more caffeine than coffee beans. So make sure you don’t drink it after lunchtime, or you’re going to have a hard time falling asleep.

Related: Regain Your Vitality with Guarana


Matcha Tea

Ever wondered how the Japanese keep their weight on point and have one of the highest longevity rates in the world?

Besides their healthy diet, they also have great taste in tea.

They respect the act of drinking tea so much, that they even created a ritual for it, called The Way of Tea (茶道).

And you’d be just as excited when you realize that matcha tea can:

  • Boost memory and focus.
  • Help burn calories faster.
  • Detoxify your body.

The best thing?

You can still harvest its health benefits at any time during the day or evening because it has a lower caffeine content (weighing in at around 30 mg, about ⅓ the dose of a cup of coffee).

Related: Detox Made Easy – The Secret Behind Japanese Longevity


So, how do you enjoy your caffeine?

Were you aware of how healthy it is?

Let me know in the comments below.

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To your health.

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