Coffee drinkers rejoice! Science is pointing to what we've known all along: coffee is good for you (in the right amount, of course). If you're like us, it's hard to imagine a day without it - it fuels busy work days, is by our side most of the morning, and is even the perfect afternoon pick me up.
There are plenty of benefits to your daily cup of joe. Thanks to high levels of antioxidants and nutrients, the case for coffee is better than ever! Let us count the ways...
1. Can Improve Your Energy Levels
It's no secret that coffee has caffeine, which is a stimulant, and that can improve energy levels. That's why it's such a great morning drink or afternoon pick me up! (1)
2. If You're a Woman, You Could Live Longer
Studies have found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. (4)
3. Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
Another way caffeine boosts your body is with increased fat burn. Studies have shown that caffeine can improve your metabolic rate up to 29% in lean people and 10% in obese individuals! (2)
It's even found in most commercial fat-burning supplements.
4. You're Less Likely to Develop Heart Failure
Heart problems are definitely a huge problem facing Americans, but one great piece of news is that according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, drinking coffee can reduce your likelihood of heart failure. (3)
5. Contains Essential Vitamins & Nutrients
In just one cup of coffee, you'll find:
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
These amounts can easily stack up when you're having several cups a day. (5)
6. Lowers Risk of Some Diseases & Cancers
Coffee even helps protect the body against several cancers: breast, colorectal, endometrial, and prostate cancers. (6) As well as Parkinson's disease and heart disease, as well as reduced stroke risk. (7)
7. May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It's indicated by elevated blood sugar levels caused by insulin resistance or a reduced ability to secrete insulin.
Surprisingly enough, coffee helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes - even by 23% - 50% in people that drink several cups per day! (8)
7. May Improve Your Workout Performance
Caffeine is commonly found in other pre-workout drinks and supplements, and for good reason: it helps improve athletic performance. This includes increased circulation, endurance, and power. It can even help reduce pain! All of these effects combined makes for a better workout where you can push yourself a little bit further and farther, helping you get closer to the results you're after. (9)
8. May Help Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia
Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, and the leading cause of dementia. There is not currently a known cure.
In addition to healthy eating and exercise, studies have also found that drinking coffee may help prevent the disease & reducing the risk of it by almost 65%! (10)
9. Improves Mood & Reduces Depression
Depression is mental disorder that majorly impacts the everyday lives of those that experience it. However, studies suggest that coffee may offer some relief in this area:
According to a Harvard study, women who consume 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. (12) Additionally, another study shows that those who drink 4 or more cups per day are 53% less likely to die by suicide. (13)
10. May Protect Your Liver
The liver is an integral organ to the body and its functions. There are several relatively common diseases that can impact the liver: hepatitis A, B, & C, fatty liver disease and others.
In addition to chronic overconsumption of alcohol, these diseases often lead to a condition called Cirrhosis, which is often deadly, depending on severity.
Shockingly, coffee may help protect against Cirrhosis. Studies have shown that people who drink 4 or more cups of it per day may reduce their risk of Cirrhosis by a whopping 80%! (11)
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All of this information is from third party sources and is up to date at the time of publishing (02/23/21). Always consult with your doctor or healthcare experts before consuming caffeine.