Top 5 Health Benefits of Coffee Fruit Extract

If, like me you think that your morning coffee wakes up your brain, well you’d be right, but wait, there’s more! Our daily coffee beans that provide us our morning, full-bodied brew with its array of antioxidants, might possess more health benefits than we’d previously thought. Often overlooked, is the coffee fruit. The coffee fruit or coffee cherry) is a small purple or red fruit that is produced by the coffee plant. It is a stoned fruit as it has a pit that contains the coffee bean (coffee cherry seeds). More research has revealed more about the coffee fruit recently, so let’s find out the Top 5 Health Benefits of Coffee Fruit Extract!

1. Brain Health

BDNF (Brain derived neurotrophic factor), which coffee fruit is rich in, is a potent brain protein that is fundamental for the health of our neurons. It encourages growth of new neurons, supports existing brain cells and protects them from ageing. In short, it keeps your brain young!

2. Enhanced Brain Function

BDNF seems to improve memory by triggering new brain cell connections in the hippocampus. Being neurotrophic and neuroprotective also means that it protects your brain cells from free radical damage, and the effects of stress.

3. Anti-inflammatory

The chlorogenic acid found in coffee fruit extract has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Chlorogenic acid is also a neuroprotective, protecting cells from oxidation.

4. Stress and anxiety relief

Chlorogenic acid, as mentioned, protects your cells and brain from stress. When it reaches the brain it activates the GABA-A receptors which are the same targetted by common anti-anxiety drugs. This makes it a gentle and easy way to reduce stress.

5. Antioxidant Effects

Coffee fruit is packed with antioxidants which, we all know by now, are essential in fighting free radicals, and may well reduce the risk of some chronic diseases.

I for one, am really excited about coffee fruit extract and its potential benefits. Remember, when you buy coffee fruit extract to buy whole coffee fruit extract, the best type being the one that uses the whole of the actual coffee fruit. Have you tried coffee fruit extract or coffee cherry? How did it help? What are your thoughts on the exciting findings on this fruit? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. If you’d like more on brain nutrition check out these 5 Top Brain-Boosting Foods as well as these Top 5 Cognitive Health Benefits of Coffee and of course, don’t forget to Keep YOUR Fit ON!

Patrizia Carbone

Patrizia has major interests in food, travelling, and health. She was born in Italy, Genoa but soon discovered her passion for living in different countries. She's lived so far in Spain, France, UK, China, and Colombia; although her soft spot is for South East Asia. At the moment she's experimenting with cooking/baking sugar-free cakes and biscuits and she'll soon be starting a Ph.D.

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