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Healthy Coffee That Does Your Body Good
09.15.19
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5 min read

Coffee drinkers often feel remorse about how much of their beloved brew that they consume. But coffee isn’t necessarily something that needs to be cut out of our daily routines. Healthy coffee can be a guilt-free daily drink!

Scientists love coffee too, and they’ve devoted many, many years of research to studying its effects on the body. It turns out coffee actually provides a surprising number of health benefits. 

A Powerful Perk-Me-Up

Ask a new parent, overworked exec, stressed student, or basically any human being who drinks coffee why they do it, and they’ll probably all say some version of the same thing: When we’re tired, coffee wakes us up.

What gives coffee its perky power? Caffeine blocks adenosine, the molecule responsible for causing us to feel drowsy when our energy reserves run low. When you drink a cup of coffee, the caffeine in it attaches to adenosine receptors, preventing adenosine from signaling to your body that you’re getting sleepy and promoting a feeling of wakefulness instead.

But the caffeine in coffee does more than just wake you up — it can also improve your mood. When caffeine attaches to adenosine receptors, it allows levels of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine to go up. That’s why you can go from exhausted to exhilarated in the time it takes to down a mug of joe.

The Original Study Drug

You know how sometimes after drinking coffee you suddenly feel like a genius? (Or at least like you can finally focus on the work you’ve been struggling to get done all afternoon?) That’s because the caffeine in coffee acts as a nootropic, or “smart drug”. Caffeine has been one of the most common ways to help us power through finals week or a late night at the office. 

Drinking coffee has been shown to drastically improve alertness and performance on a variety of tasks, both during the day and at night. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, a healthy cup of coffee can give your brain the boost it needs to tackle any task.

Performance Enhancement in a Cup

Are you a runner looking to set a personal record in your next race? Do you struggle to lift heavier weights at the gym? Try adding coffee to your pre-workout routine. A number of studies have shown that moderate caffeine consumption (between three and six milligrams per kilogram of body weight) may have a small but noticeably positive impact on athletic performance. Researchers believe coffee could be particularly useful in sports where every millisecond counts.

Hardcore athletes and amateur exercise enthusiasts alike might find themselves meeting (and beating!) personal fitness goals when fueled by healthy coffee. It can give you a leg up on the competition, even if you’re only competing against yourself. 

So Much More than Just Caffeine

Caffeine may get all the hype, but coffee actually contains over a thousand unique compounds, many of which are surprisingly beneficial to your wellbeing. These include:

  • Antioxidants like chlorogenic acids and polyphenols that help protect your cells from damaging free radicals, potentially reducing inflammation throughout the body and lowering your risk of developing certain diseases
  • Micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, manganese, and niacin that your body needs to function properly
  • Molecules that may prevent cavities by inhibiting the attachment of bacteria to your teeth

Drink Healthy Coffee, for All-Around Health

Given coffee’s (false!) reputation as unhealthy, this one may be hard to swallow. But solid science suggests drinking coffee could lengthen your lifespan. A study found an association between coffee consumption in any amount and a decreased risk of early or death. This result applied to both regular and decaf coffee drinkers, suggesting it’s not the caffeine but the beverage as a whole that has this effect. 

Enhance Healthy Coffee with Plants

Now you know that, far from being something to feel guilty about, drinking coffee actually does your body good. So what happens when you take an already healthy beverage and enhance it? 

At Wildcrafter, we’ve made it our mission to provide therapeutic amounts of beneficial botanicals in the convenient form of something you drink every day. We’ve added herbs, mushrooms, adaptogens and other medicinal plants to your favorite beverage, coffee, so you get added health benefits without lifting a finger to change your routine.

Our Immune Shield blend is perfect for enhancing your body’s natural stress and immune response.* If you find that you’re not feeling like yourself now that your kids are back in school, or if you do a lot of traveling for work, you may be thinking you should really do something to boost your immunity. But who has time to go to the health food store and buy a supplement? And even if you had the time, how would you know which product to choose?

Wildcrafter has done the work for you, infusing organic Arabica coffee with botanicals that support and enhance your body’s natural stress response. Immune Shield contains:

  • Astragalus root, a popular “tonic” herb used in China that is commonly found in herbal formulations designed to support the “shield” that serves as our body’s first line of defense.
  • Reishi mushroom, popular in Asia today for enhancing energy*, supporting a healthy immune response*, and promoting general well-being*
  • Elderberry, a berry that is the perfect ally for supporting your immune system* when you’re looking to give yourself an extra boost to stay healthy

By doing nothing more than enjoying a delicious cup of healthy coffee — something you would do anyway — you can help ensure you’ll be well enough to face whatever challenges life throws at you.

From Seed to Sip

Weaving the power of plants into something as simple as your coffee can have a potent effect on wellbeing. When you enjoy a Wildcrafter blend like Immune Shield, you’re getting all the health benefits associated with regular healthy coffee, plus a potent and powerful botanical boost — all in the convenient form of a K-Cup.  

The next time you hear someone worrying about their “unhealthy” coffee habit, share these tips with them, then invite them to discuss it over a botanically-infused Wildcrafter blend.

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