coffee benefits

Do you have a long-lasting love affair with coffee? You’re not the only one.

Whether it’s the morning cup that helps you to get going before you head to work or the afternoon brew that delivers your second wind, we all enjoy the way coffee boosts our energy and leaves us feeling better than ever. Add coffee’s energy-enhancing qualities to it’s deliciously dark and bitter flavor, and you’ve got a recipe for a worldwide addiction.

A lot of people assume that coffee is bad for their health. However, throwing away your favorite mugs, it’s important to make sure that you know the truth about coffee, and what it can really do for your health. Countless studies have begun to prove that our java might just be better for us than we originally thought. Here are just some of the reasons why coffee could be a good addition to your diet.

1.   Coffee Could Help you to Live Longer

Let’s start with the big one: your daily cup of coffee could help you to live longer. In fact, according to two different epidemiological studies, coffee can be linked to a lower reduced risk of death by virtually any cause. While coffee might look like little more than a cup of mysterious dark water, the truth is that it’s packed full of minerals and vitamins. The average cup of coffee can contain as much as:

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  • 3% of your RDA for Manganese and Potassium
  • 11% of your RDA for Vitamin B12
  • 6% of your RDA for Vitamin B5

Those doses might not seem like much, but when you’re drinking several cups a day, you’re introducing plenty of great nutrition to your diet. Additionally, coffee is also the largest source of antioxidants in the western diet – outranking vegetables and fruits combined. Now that’s a fact you can take all the way to the café.

2.   Coffee Makes You Smarter

It’s easy to feel sophisticated when you’re sat with a newspaper and an espresso. However, coffee doesn’t just make you look clever, it could literally make you smarter too. Coffee’s active ingredient – and one of the reasons we love it so much is “caffeine”. This is a stimulant, and one of the most commonly consumed psychoactive substances out there.

Various controlled trials have explored the impact that caffeine has on the brain, and they’ve demonstrated that it can improve your reaction time, cognitive function, and memory too.

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3.   Coffee Makes You Happier

There’s something delightful about the first sip of a good cup of coffee. According to the Harvard School of Health, women who consumed as much as four cups of coffee per day might have a 20% lower chance of developing depression.

Coffee keeps us happy because caffeine blocks the effects of a neurotransmitter called Adenosine in the brain. By blocking this substance, caffeine helps your brain to perform at it’s best, and it also stimulates the release of happy chemicals like dopamine.

4.   Coffee Reduces your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Did you know that your next cup of java could reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes? Various observational studies have shown that coffee is regularly associated with a reduced risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk can vary, but it goes all the way up to a potential 67%!

One particularly large review article examined 18 different studies to find that an additional cup of coffee each day could reduce your risk of diabetes by 7% for every mug you have. The more you drink, the more your risk goes down.

5.    Coffee Reduces Your Risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Diabetes isn’t the only chronic condition that coffee can help to protect you against. Some studies suggest that it may also help to protect your brain during old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders in the world. However, studies have found that coffee drinkers might have an up to 60% lower risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

At the same time, Parkinson’s is the second most common disorder affecting the brain, and it’s caused by the reduction of dopamine neurons. Coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by up to 60%!

6.   Coffee Improves Physical Performance and Burns Fat

If you’ve been struggling to find the energy to hit the gym lately, coffee might be the solution you’ve been searching for. There’s a reason why some of the most popular fat burners in the world today are packed full of caffeine. This substance stimulates your central nervous system, increasing the oxidation of fatty acids and raising the metabolism.

Additionally, caffeine can also improve your athletic performance significantly, improving the mobilization of fatty acids. In two separate studies, researchers found that caffeine improves exercise performance by up to 12%.

7.   Coffee Protects your Liver

Most of us don’t pay much attention to our liver, but the truth is that this organ is responsible for dozens of important functions throughout your body. Unfortunately, excessive consumption of sugar and alcohol can leave your liver in a less than perfect state.

If you’re concerned that you haven’t been treating your liver with the care it deserves lately, then it might be time to upgrade your average coffee intake. Various studies have shown that coffee can reduce your risk of liver cirrhosis by up to 80%. The best effects are present in those who drink four or more cups each day.

8.   Coffee Reduces your Risk of Cancer

Last but not least, your daily cup of coffee could also protect you against one of the scariest C-words in the medical language. Various studies have started to show coffee’s impact on reducing the risk of cancer. In fact, one piece of research published by the National Cancer Institute reported that people who drank up to 4 cups of coffee each day reduced their risk of developing skin cancer – specifically melanoma.

Additionally, other studies indicate that coffee could reduce your risk of liver cancer by up to 40% by helping to keep your liver safe and healthy.

Time for a Nice Cup of Coffee?

The important thing to remember with coffee is that while it’s good for you in moderate amounts, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be drinking it from the moment you wake up from the moment you go to sleep. Not only would that make getting your 8 hours of rest seriously difficult, but you might find that you have some bathroom problems too.

Additionally, to make sure that you’re getting the most out of the potential health benefits of coffee, don’t add any syrups or sugar into your java, and make sure it’s made from freshly roasted beans. Coffee that you buy in stores are often roasted weeks ago and has already lost much of its nutrients. It’s even better for you if you buy the beans and grind them yourself. Store your beans or unused grounds in an airtight container, as exposure to air, will decrease the number of antioxidants available to you.


About the Author: Tanya is a dedicated coffee lover and health enthusiast. When she’s not reading up on the latest case studies in the health and fitness world, she can be found blogging about wellness or sipping on her favorite cup of java.

 

Infographic: 15 surprising health benefits of coffee


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