Coffee gets a lot of bad publicity because of its addictive nature and the bad stigma of caffeine. However research shows that coffee is actually beneficial to our bodies delivering nutrients and antioxidants. More than just a wake-up or ‘keep me alert’ drink, coffee can contribute significantly to your overall health.
Energy: People experience increased energy levels with coffee because of the caffeine. What most people do not know is that once caffeine is in the brain, it causes an increase of certain neurotransmitters that produce elevated moods, better memory and reaction times as well as general cognitive function.
Burn Fat: Caffeine is included in diet pills for a reason. It helps to stimulate fat burning and boosts metabolic rate. Daily cups of coffee can help your diet without the need for fads and pills.
Type II Diabetes: This world wired problem is characterized by an inability to secrete insulin. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have reduced risks of developing this disease.
Dementia: Alzheimers is the most common degenerative disease to date and affects a great many people. While there is no cure, research indicates that regular coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced chance of developing any form of dementia.
Parkinson ’s disease: The caffeine in coffee helps to promote increased dopamine levels. Since Parkinson’s is caused by the death of dopamine transmitters, caffeine seems to have an effect and lowers risk of the disease’s development.
Physical Performance: Caffeine gives our nervous systems a boost and increases epinephrine. Commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response, caffeine causes similar signals, gearing our bodies for physical exertion. Add to this the accelerated breakdown of fat for energy, performance increases intensely.
Essential Nutrients: Coffee contains riboflavin, vitamin B5, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin. Although in small amount compared to the recommended daily allowances, a few cups a day (like most people drink) delivers a good portion of these essential nutrients.
Antioxidants: Coffee is the largest supplier of antioxidants in the Western diet. Studies show that people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.
Liver Function: One of the most vital organs, the liver cleanses and detoxifies the body among other functions. The liver is also prone to many diseases such as cirrhosis which greatly impairs its function. With regards specifically to cirrhosis, coffee drinkers have an 80% lower risk of developing this disease when drinking at least 4 cups a day).
Depression: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the country affecting over 4.1% of the population. Studies have shown that drinking 4 cups of coffee daily have a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed and 53% are less likely to commit suicide.
Cancer: Characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells, cancer is a leading killer across the world. Coffee seems to have protective qualities regarding colorectal cancer and liver cancer. Drinking coffee regularly has been linked to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer and a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Heart Disease: One of the major complaints against coffee is its effect on blood pressure. While it does raise levels slightly, this effect can disappear over time. Studies have not yet proven that coffee is linked to heart disease or strokes and some have even shown reduced risks. It may be worth consulting a doctor if you have high blood pressure, but otherwise coffee is not as bad as word would have it.
Longevity: As discussed, coffee helps to lower risks of some very serious diseases, so it makes sense that it promotes longevity. Observational studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of death among men and 26% among women.
Overall, coffee promotes life and provides a number of benefits to the mind and body.