5 ingredients to enhance the benefits of your morning coffee.
Coffee for some is an indispensable part of their everyday lives and it’s not just for the caffeine buzz. It’s about the experience from the roasting process and experimenting with different roast combinations to the actual taste and smell of the final product. And there is no doubt that Australian’s love coffee. In fact, a report has found that 75% of Australians have at least one coffee per day, while 47% aim to eat more natural ingredients and 26% avoid artificial colours and sugar.
So while we are all stuck at home trying to do our best to stay healthy, why not try to enhance your beloved coffee with more ingredients that can benefit your health? Here are 5 ingredients (some of them might surprise you) that are worth looking into according to Clinical Nutritionist Bec Miller, Founder of Health With Bec for Beforeyouspeak Coffee, an Australian high performance, instant coffee brand.
Single Origin Columbian Coffee
Many instant coffees are heavily treated and packed full of preservatives, therefore when looking to purchase coffee it’s important to check the ingredients and see what additives are in there. I like to use Single Origin Columbian Coffee because it is rich in antioxidants, provides natural energy and improved metabolism. Additionally, when instant coffee companies are using Cold Press Technology which is different to Cold Brew, the coffee yields a greater number of compounds in the liquid concentrate, meaning there is an explosion of flavour whilst having unparalleled smoothness.
MCT oil is an ingredient that many nutritionists and trainers are obsessed with and for good reason, as it has a lot of benefits. MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of peptide YY and leptin, two hormones that help you feel fuller for longer. It has also been showing to significantly reduce body weight and waist circumference so it may be good in terms of helping to prevent obesity Additionally MCT oil has been shown to help improve mental clarity and focus.
Turmeric is a well-researched spice whose active ingredient Curcumin has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. In fact, some natural inflammation, arthritis and pain meditations use it as a key ingredient. Curcumin is generally poorly absorbed in the bloodstream which is why it is often combined with black pepper, or a fat, such as MCT oil to help enhance the absorption of the ingredient. In fact, black pepper is shown to increase absorption by 2000% . Tumeric has also been shown to improve gut health, immunity and blood glucose regulation
According to Chinese medical records, Siberian ginseng has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. In fact, this herb has a positive reputation with Russian and American cosmonauts. It has been classified as an adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress, improve balance and overall immune function in a nontoxic way. The Soviets also studied it for over 30 years as it was shown to help ensure the endurance and performance of athletes and strengthen the immune systems of highly stressed workers. Siberian Ginseng is also a popular supplement especially in the states for its nootropic properties of helping to Provide long-lasting energy, mental alertness and a sense of wellbeing.
Green Coffee Bean
Green coffee beans have been shown to regulate blood pressure, lower blood sugar and improves metabolism. They board an abundant supply of chlorogenic acids which have many anti-inflammatory effects. When coffee beans are roasted they lose a lot of the chlorogenic acid, but as green coffee beans are raw this is less of an issue.
Black pepper extract
As mentioned before, black pepper helps increase the absorption of other active ingredients. Therefore it is a great ingredient to add into your coffee.