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When it comes to the ultimate sensory pleasure, nothing beats the combined effects of the mesmerising taste, the mind-numbing aroma of freshly roasted and ground coffee beans, and the hard-hitting caffeine jolt, which makes coffee the perfect expression of seduction.

Millions of coffee lovers start their day with a sip of their favourite beverage. No wonder, over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day.

Coffee seduces like no other beverage, a reason the history’s greatest womaniser, Giacomo Casanova, preferred coffee to alcohol.

Despite having one of the deepest rooted histories, the beverage has somehow gotten a bad name from some of the self-proclaimed fitness and health experts of the world.

In almost all the cases, I find that our beliefs are somehow limited by our culture and the region we reside in. But the world doesn’t work within the confined pillars of your thoughts. Facts have to be backed up by research and studies, or they are nothing but simply myths and hypothesis.

Here are six of the many health benefits of coffee, supported by research, and unknown to most people. These facts will help you enjoy your daily shot, absolutely guilt free:

1. Coffee is one of the most powerful sources of natural antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, quinides etc. in the world. Having black coffee will give you a massive boost of these powerful life enhancers. It would be best to try and have instantly-brewed coffee from freshly roasted and ground beans.

2. Caffeine is a part of substances called Methylxanthines. These alkaloids are well-known for their ability to increase cognitive abilities, improve energy, enhance well-being, and increase arousal and alertness. Multiple studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption, helps improve cognition, reaction time, mood and sleep deprivation.

3.Various studies have proven the benefits of caffeine and coffee in enhancing performance in sports, be it endurance-based sports, or power or strength-based.

In a 2010 study, researchers Astorino and Robertson, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, reviewed 29 studies which examined the role of caffeine in high-intensity workouts like sprinting, team sports and resistance training. Studies revealed significant improvements in team sports exercise, resistance training and power-based sports.

4. A piece of great news for diabetics, a 2002 study in the journal Lancet, found that people who drank 2 cups of coffee a day are half as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Harvard researcher Shilpa Bhupathiraju, and team, in their 2013 study in the journal Diabetologia, followed over 1.6 million men and women, for four years, and monitored their tea & coffee consumption. They found that participants who increased their coffee consumption by more than 1 cup/day over a 4-year period had a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 4 years, compared with those who made no changes in consumption.

Participants who decreased their coffee intake by more than 1 cup/day had a 17% higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Changes in tea consumption were not associated with type 2 diabetes risk.

5. Heart patients will love this fact: A Meta-analysis of over 140,000 persons from five large-scale studies by the American Heart Association found that consuming 3-4 cups of coffee daily was associated with a reduction heart disease risk as compared to the people who do not consume coffee.

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