For many of us, that first steaming cup of joe is the only good part of waking up early. And it’s no exaggeration that coffee has literally changed the world.
For the last six hundred years, coffee has generally been roasted. Recently though, many people have been taking another look at raw coffee.
And it makes sense: Ethiopians had been using raw or green coffee for generations before the rest of the world caught on.
Roasting coffee reduces the amount of chlorogenic acid, which has a number of health benefits. Leaving the coffee raw allows access to those benefits.
In this article, we’re going to look at the five biggest reasons you should fall in low with green coffee.
1. Raw coffee helps promote weight loss
There’s one thing that almost every weight-loss pill has in common…Caffeine.
Raw coffee still has the caffeine that keeps us reaching for our travel coffee maker on our way out the door.
But that extra chlorogenic acid in unroasted coffee also boosts your metabolism. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to significantly increase the body’s BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
When this happens, the liver releases less glucose. With less glucose to burn, your body burns fat instead.
Green coffee also acts as an appetite suppressant.
2. Improves circulation
For years, it’s been claimed that caffeine raises blood pressure. While this is somewhat true, green coffee has been found to improve our circulation.
Raw coffee includes an ingredient that has similar properties to Aspirin. It prevents blood platelets from clustering up.
This helps the blood flow through the arteries uninhibited, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of more serious conditions down the road.
3. Antioxidants ahoy!
No likes free radicals. They damage our cells, speeding up the aging process.
Free radicals may be unavoidable, but there’s a way to fight them: antioxidants. And the chlorogenic acid in green coffee is chock full of antioxidants.
These antioxidants help your skin and boost your immune system. Let’s see roasted coffee do that.
4. Boosts your mood and cognitive function
While too much caffeine can cause anxiety, in moderation it can work wonders on your mood and cognitive function.
Studies have found that caffeine increases alertness, contentment, and mood. And obviously, it reduces fatigue.
And since green coffee still contains caffeine, it’s just as beneficial as roasted coffee.
5. Improves skin and hair
Besides chlorogenic acid, green coffee is a rich source of fatty acids.
These fatty acids have a number of benefits on our skin and hair. They help moisturize skin and prevents sagging and wrinkling.
It also acts as a detoxification agent, preventing toxic materials from getting into our hair follicles, leading to healthier, more luscious hair.
Some studies have even suggested that applying coffee directly to the scalp may prevent hair loss.
Ready to take the plunge into raw coffee? Take note: preparing it is a little different than roasted coffee.
Give your roaster a break and try green coffee today!