5 Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Kona Coffee

November 16, 2010, 9:53 AM HST
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Many who visit the islands of Hawaii look forward to enjoying rich, aromatic cups of Kona coffee grown locally on the Kona coast. This rich brew is considered one of the purest types of coffee in the world, but did you know Kona coffee, like other types of java, provide some health benefits as well? We have five health reasons to enjoy your cup of Kona on your next visit to the islands.

Reduces Risk of Some Diseases

Studies suggest that regular coffee intake may reduce your risk of some types of diseases, including colon cancer, type II diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, a number of studies have shown that coffee can reduce the incidence of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 80%. Coffee has also been shown to lower risk for skin cancer, gall stones and Alzheimer’s.

Enhances Physical Performance

Athletes and fitness buffs alike are tuning into the fact that coffee consumption prior to a workout can enhance one’s athletic performance. Studies support the idea that caffeine intake, such as what you get from a cup of coffee, does increase stamina and endurance during fitness sessions. The substance increases your metabolism, which may make your fat-burning sessions more productive as well.


Minimizes Asthma Symptoms


An old wives’ tale has led many mothers over the generations to offer coffee to children suffering from asthma attacks. It turns out that wives’ tale had more substance to it than doctor’s originally thought. Coffee intake opens up bronchial airways, making it easier for people with asthma to breathe freely. Some studies suggest that asthma sufferers who drink coffee regularly may have up to 25% fewer asthma symptoms.

Provides Antioxidants

Coffee, like tea, offers a powerful punch of antioxidants that help the body fight environmental free radicals that accelerate the aging process and increase the risk of some diseases. Some studies suggest that a cup of coffee contains as many as 300 phytochemicals, which are all antioxidants. These phytochemicals may remain in the body for up to one month, offering a powerful immune system boost.


Helps Short-Term Memory

Coffee intake may improve short-term memory, making it a good choice before a challenging task or an exam. Coffee may also reduce the incidence of headaches that can prohibit efficient memory function. It also enhances brain function, allowing the mind to work more efficiently.

There are plenty of healthy reasons to enjoy your cup of Kona, but probably the best reason is the rich taste and robust aroma these pure beans provide. Whether you linger over a cup after breakfast or enjoy the rich brew in the evening with friends; any time is the right time for a delicious cup of Kona!

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