They say everyone has a weakness. One vice that is just too tempting to give up. For some, it’s sweets. For others, it’s a perfectly cooked steak. And, people wrack their brains for years trying to figure out how to give up the thing they love so much.
But, what if I told you there’s a common vice that’s actually good for you? Sound too good to be true? If I hadn’t done the research, I’m not sure I’d believe it either.
But, coffee may be better for you than you might think.
In fact, you may think you have to sip a piping hot, dark brew in order to experience the amazing health benefits of coffee. And you may also think the only thing coffee can really do for you is pep you up.
But, in a recent study in 10 European countries, it was determined that coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from various causes. And the relationship was consistent, from country to country.1
Furthermore, there’s a secret about coffee that doctors and researchers are just beginning to uncover and I’m so thrilled to share it with you today. Are you ready? Okay …
The fruit of the coffee bean – known simply as coffee fruit – could help your health in major ways when it comes to –
- Protecting you from certain ailments
- Enhancing your heart health
- Supporting healthy brain function2
But what is it that makes the coffee fruit so special?
First and foremost, it’s a superfood. What does that mean exactly? For starters, it means coffee fruit is packed with beneficial antioxidants and helpful polyphenols.
Furthermore, coffee fruit can help boost your immune system, assist in protecting your body against free radical damage, and help fight inflammation. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
So, you’re probably wondering what coffee fruit is, exactly?
Well, it happens to be just what it sounds like.
There’s literally a fruit from which coffee beans are pulled, like pulling cherry pits from a cherry. Believe it or not, it grows on a flowering, bushy green plant. When the fruit is ready to be picked, it’s kind of a rich burgundy (though some varieties are actually yellow or green, those are less common).
Now, the skin of the coffee fruit is taut, but once you break through it, you find a sweet, delicious, gummy pulp with a sort of herby or vaguely floral melon taste. It’s light and delicious.
But, even more important than the taste, is the potency and concentration of flavonoids found within the fruit.
What are flavonoids?
Well, it turns out that plants contain thousands of natural chemicals that are meant to help them defend themselves against different kinds of germs, pathogens, and herbivores or omnivores (like us).
Now, these natural chemicals are called phytochemicals. And flavonoids are a diverse group of those phytochemicals found in several fruits and vegetables.
Flavonoids are often responsible for the amazing array of colors in most fruits and veggies. Not only that, flavonoids are also potent antioxidants thought to have special anti-inflammatory benefits. They’ve even been known to help support your immune system as it functions properly.
Also, according to research recently completed at University of California, Berkeley, flavonoids – like the quercetin found in coffee fruit – could actually help you avoid or help heal certain heart issues, allergies, breathing issues, chronic inflammation, and other general health conditions.3
That’s because flavonoids can help promote your body’s production of nitric oxide.
But, why is nitric oxide important as you get older?
Okay, first you need to know that nitric oxide is a natural gas. And … it’s produced in your body. But it’s more important than you may realize, because it functions as one of the major communicators between the cells in your body.
In fact, nitric oxide is what’s called a vasodilator. And a vasodilator is anything that assists in dilating your blood vessels, thereby decreasing your blood pressure.4 In other words, nitric oxide helps keep the proper pathways open for better blood flow because it can help your blood vessels relax.
Also, as we age our blood vessels tend to constrict more and more. So, we’ve got to encourage them to take a timeout from all that cramping and tightening.
Now, when your blood vessels tighten, they can put a significant strain on your heart. They can even cut off the nutrient and oxygen supplies to your tissues. So, what happens when this occurs?
Often, it’s simply the type of damage we think of as getting older. But, nitric oxide-boosting flavonoids help to fight against the common signs of aging. So, you can see how the flavonoids and nitric acid in coffee fruit can help you fight aging.
How coffee fruit supports healthy brain function…
I mentioned above that coffee fruit is also somewhat powerful when it comes to supporting better cognitive function. Turns out, coffee fruit can help boost a compound known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (or simply BDNF). This compound not only enhances brain function, but it also sharpens your memory and concentration.5
You see, in your brain, BDNF is discharged by one of two cells – a support cell or, sometimes, a nerve cell. Then, it attaches to a receptor on an adjacent nerve cell.
When the binding occurs, the result is the creating of a signal which is sent to the nucleus of the receiving nerve cell. There, it improves the production of proteins that help nerve cell survival and boost healthy brain function.6
So, in the end, the coffee fruit can benefit your health in a great many ways. To recap, it could potentially help –
- Support nerve cell survival
- Promote better heart health
- Encourage better blood flow
- Enhance healthy brain function
That’s why it’s a starring ingredient in my latest supplement—it’s SO beneficial and hard to find raw, unless you live on a coffee farm! Good news: it turns out your vice really could be better for you than you thought.
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3.”Quercetin”. @berkeleywellness. N.p., 2017.