Kona Coffee: 3 Top Health Benefits

Kona Coffee: 3 Top Health Benefits

Kona coffee is a delicious, Hawaiian-grown specialty coffee. It grows in ideal conditions in a temperate climate with rich volcanic soil. Beyond its robust flavor  and smooth finish, Kona coffee packs a punch in terms of health benefits. 

Kona Coffee Health Benefit #1: Chlorogenic Acid

 Chlorogenic acid benefits

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It may sound like a pool chemical, but the chlorogenic acid found in caffeine reduces blood pressure and helps to regulate glucose. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and support brain health.

According to Nutrition Advance, higher concentrations of chlorogenic acid are found in lighter coffee roasts since the compound breaks down during the roasting process. "In other words; green coffee beans are the most concentrated, followed by light roast, medium roast, and lastly dark roast coffee."

Kona Coffee Health Benefit #2: Metabolism Boost

Looking to shed a few pounds from one too many donuts? Let Kona coffee naturally help boost your metabolism.

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How does it work? The stimulants in caffeine increase hormone production of epinephrine which travels through the bloodstream to break down fats. This increase in fat-burning may promote an increase in metabolism.

Of course, caffeine also helps you feel energized and awake, helping you to stay active and ready to get up and go. According to Healthline, exercise performance can be improved by as much as 12% by drinking coffee. That said, timing is key.  Better to use the jolt in the first half of the day so the stimulants don't disrupt your sleep.

Kona Coffee Health Benefit #3: Longevity

Last but certainly not least, Kona coffee has many proven health benefits to support long term health.

Hands holding Kona coffee in a cup

Antioxidants are the key to so many health benefits for Kona coffee drinkers. Reduced risks for stroke, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers are attributed to coffee consumption. It is also known to enhance cognitive function and improve mood. Coffee is also a source of important vitamins and minerals like B2, B5, magnesium, and niacin.

A study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found an “inverse relationship between coffee consumption and coronary artery disease, stroke and death from cardiovascular causes."

In conclusion, there is much to celebrate as you sip your Kona coffee. It is a delicious and enjoyable habit that can be enjoyed daily with many benefits for  both short term and long term health. So, drink up. A cup (or more) a day may indeed keep the doctor away.

 

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