Many of us drink coffee because it wakes us up, makes us more cheerful and helps us get more work done. But did you know that coffee also provides a wide range of health benefits? From fighting cancer to losing weight, coffee can help keep you healthy and may make you live longer.
Let’s take a look at what studies have shown for some of the many health benefits coffee provides.
Coffee Can Boost Your Physical Performance... Drinking a cup of coffee before working out is more effective than any of those sugary pre-workout drinks sold at the gym. Just one cup of black coffee can improve your performance by 11-12%.
Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight... The magnesium and potassium contained in coffee helps the body use insulin more efficiently and regulates your blood sugar levels. This can reduce your cravings for sugary treats or snack foods, thus you lose weight.
Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat... The caffeine in coffee helps your body break down fat, making it useful as fuel for your workouts.
Coffee Helps You Focus and Stay Alert... Just 1-4 cups of coffee a day, can help you stay more focused and can improve your mental alertness.
Coffee Can Lower the Risk of Premature Death... Coffee can help you live longer. Studies are showing that coffee drinkers may be at a 25% lower risk of premature death over those who don’t drink coffee.
Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer... Studies have shown that men who drink coffee are at a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
Coffee Can Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke... Just 2 cups of coffee every day can help lower your risk of stroke.
Coffee Can Reduce Risk of Parkinson’s Disease... In a Science Daily report in 2012, Ronald Postuma, MD, stated that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. Coffee causes activity in the areas of the brain that are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by as much as 25%!
Coffee May Lower the Risk of Type II Diabetes... In a report published by the American Chemical Society, researchers found that the caffeine in coffee can decrease your insulin sensitivity and impair glucose tolerance, two factors that can cause Type II diabetes.
Coffee Brightens Your Mood and Helps Fight Depression... Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, of the National Institute of Health has stated that two cups of coffee a day can stimulate the central nervous system and boost the products of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, thus elevating your mood and making you happier.
Coffee Contains Antioxidants... Coffee contains more antioxidants than anything else the average person regularly consumes. In addition, the antioxidants in coffee are easy for the body to absorb.
The Smell of Coffee Can Make You Less Stressed... A recent study conducted by researchers at the Seoul National University has shown that just smelling coffee can leave you less stressed and more energized for your day. This is another reason to brew your own Coffee Cousins' coffee at home and benefit from the aroma that fills your kitchen.
Coffee Can Help Prevent Cirrhosis... Liver cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer. Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of cirrhosis by up to 20%. Studies have also shown that coffee can help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School revealed that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may be beneficial in preventing the progression of NAFLD.
Coffee Can Decrease Your Risk of Suicide... A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health has determined that drinking coffee on a regular basis can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by as much as 50%.
Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer in Women... Women who drink three or more cups of coffee per day, are less likely to develop skin cancer.
Drinking Coffee Can Help Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s... Studies have shown that people who drink coffee daily, have a decreased risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. It has also been shown to delay the onset of the disease in others.
Coffee Drinkers Have Stronger DNA... The white blood cells of coffee drinkers have far less instances of spontaneous DNA strand breakage. This shows that the DNA of coffee drinkers has a much stronger integrity than that of non-coffee drinkers.
Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis... Drinking just 4 cups of coffee a day may help lower your risk of Multiple Sclerosis. Coffee helps prevent the neural inflammation that leads to the disease.
Coffee Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer... If you are at risk for colorectal cancer, drinking coffee has been shown to help reduce that risk as well as protecting you from certain other forms of cancer.
Coffee Can Prevent Retinal Damage... A recent study at Cornell University has shown that coffee may prevent retinal damage due to oxidative stress. The strong antioxidant, chlorogenic acid (CLA), is the ingredient that provides this important health benefit.
Black Coffee Helps Prevent Cavities... Drinking black coffee kills the bacteria on your teeth that can cause cavities.
Coffee May Protect Against Periodontal Disease... Drinking coffee daily is shown to protect our gums against gum disease according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study.
Coffee Decreases Your Risk of Gout... Coffee decreases the risk of gout in men. The more coffee you drink, the lower your risk can be.
Coffee is a Natural Diuretic... Coffee helps our bodies produce urine enabling us to flush out toxins and keep our urinary tract healthy.
Coffee Can Help You GO... If your morning cup of java has you rushing to the bathroom for more than just to pee, that is because coffee stimulates your colon causing you to poop. That’s right, coffee helps you poop. Keeping your colon clear is one way of staying healthy and avoiding many colon-related diseases.
#26 BONUS... Finally, Did you know that drinking a couple cups of the Coffee Cousins' coffee daily Makes You Awesome?
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