The smell. The taste. The little rush of energy (or at the very least, the ability to keep your eyes open and possibly interact with people, let’s be real). These benefits of coffee are glorious, and likely some of the reasons that 85% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee at home.
But did you know that drinking quality coffee has health benefits as well? So pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup o’ joe (our favorite is Feliz Organic Instant Coffee!), and read on about 5 Health Benefits from drinking coffee.
Instant coffee actually has high amounts of antioxidants, which help fight to protect your cells against free radicals. One study conducted by the National Library of Medicine showed that drinking instant coffee (like Feliz) could actually have higher amounts of antioxidants than brewed coffee.
Additionally, some studies actually show how instant coffee may contain higher levels of antioxidants than brewed coffee. It could be the way instant coffee is made and how it's dried out more, which may be a cause of more antioxidants.
2. Amino Acids
Coffee carries 7 of the 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are the molecules that combine to form proteins. However, when many instant coffees are made they are heated to extreme temperatures which destroys most of these (along with flavor and aromas), which is why many people tend to shy away from instant. But not all instant coffees are alike! At Feliz our coffee is freeze dried to ensure that the amino acids (as well as deep flavor and strong aromas) are retained, so you can have a cup of coffee in a few seconds while retaining the coffee’s integrity and health benefits.
If you want to know more about the instant coffee making process, check out our article.
3. Lower Blood Sugar
Instant coffee also helps lower the blood sugar in your body. In fact, The Mayo Clinic reports that drinking coffee (including instant!) can reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. It does this because cafestol– a bioactive compound present in coffee – has been shown to increase insulin secretion, reduce fasting glucose levels, and improve insulin sensitivity.
Potassium, magnesium, and niacin are found in Instant Coffee. So, what does that do for the body? Potassium helps nerves to function, muscles to contract, and the heartbeat to stay regular. It also helps cells with moving nutrients in and waste out and to regulate blood pressure. Magnesium helps keep the heartbeat strong, blood pressure in the healthy range, and the bones strong. Niacin is a B vitamin that helps turn what you eat and drink into energy. It also helps keep the nervous system and digestive system healthy and the skin glowing.
5. It Improves Mood and Focus
Have you ever wondered why you feel so alert and GOOD after drinking a cup of coffee? Caffeine stimulates the release of dopamine (the “happy brain chemical!”) which improves your mood on a chemical level. Caffeine also blocks the absorption of adenosine (a sleep-inducer), allowing the feeling of being more alert.
Whether reading or studying or drying to wake up in the morning, a cup of Feliz Instant Coffee can help shift the brain to a more happy and focused place.
And there you go, 5 benefits of instant coffee!
Whether you’re drinking coffee for the health benefit, to improve your mood and focus, or simply because you enjoy the flavor and aromas, you can’t go wrong with a cup of coffee. But don't shortchange yourself with a bad tasting instant coffee, and check us out for an instant coffee that tastes how coffee should.