10 Good Health Reason You Should Drink Coffee Everyday
If you’re wondering about the benefits that coffee beans contain, you’ve come to the right place. Recently speaking, coffee hasn’t exactly been reputable. This is because the kind of coffee that the bulk of Americans drink is loaded with additives, sugars, and other unnatural ingredients. These factors happen to be quite harmful to our health. This article is by no means to tout the consumption of the so-called “coffee” drinks that have become the popular mainstay of our morning routines. It is rather to offer a redemptive take on the benefits of the pure form of the dark liquid provided by nature.
On that note, keep in mind that this article is in reference to pure, black coffee. With that said, it is necessary to note that as we add sweeteners, cream, whip, or any other delight, we contribute coffee’s increased popularity and decreased nutritional value. Here are the soundly tested benefits of coffee:
Coffee is the primary source of antioxidants for most North American individuals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, or cancer-causing agents, thereby reducing the cell degradation caused by them.
A recent study found that most Americans get about 1300 milligrams a day of antioxidants from coffee alone.
Weight Loss and Metabolism
Because coffee is a stimulant, the caffeine it contains can give a boost to your metabolism. This, in turn, aids weight loss and energy levels. If you look at the ingredients listed for most over-the-counter weight loss aids, you’ll find that caffeine is often a primary ingredient.
Be careful though, as too much coffee or caffeine can also cause jitters, anxiety and wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns.
Better Brain Function
A recent study found that individuals who drink at least one to two cups of coffee per day scored significantly higher on memory recall, cognitive ability, logic comprehension and basic IQ tests.
Meaning, the next time you’re guzzling coffee to get you through that late-night cram session, remember that it is doing a lot more than just keeping you awake.
Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk
When comparing moderate coffee drinkers, those who drink 2 cups a day, to light coffee drinkers, others who drink less than a cup per day, researchers found that the moderate drinkers were considerably less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduced Parkinson’s Risk
Two studies have been focusing on the link between coffee and Parkinson’s disease. One found that heavy drinkers were less likely to develop the disease when compared to non-drinkers, while another found that the amount of coffee consumed was inversely related to an individual’s likelihood of developing Parkinson’s.
Reduced Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
A study done by the Harvard School of Health found that men who drank approximately 6-8 OZ cups of coffee, or 3-4 standard mugs, could lower their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 50 percent. Meanwhile, women could reduce their risk by almost 30 percent.
It Reverses Aging
One of the main benefits of coffee is that it is rich in antioxidants. We know that a lot of antioxidants are also present in fruits and vegetables. They work together in keeping the cells fresh by removing all the free radicals that literally pollutes the body.
It Fights Cancer
There are also some studies that show that coffee has the ability to fight certain cancers. In fact, it is possible to reduce the risk of acquiring colon cancer by 25% by just drinking 2 cups of coffee daily.
It Prevents Depression
Depression may look like a mild case to some of us, but it drastically affects our daily lives. If you speak to a person with depression, you will notice how stress takes over their whole existence. Fortunately, coffee can take you out of that depression rut. In fact, studies have shown that children who drank coffee during their childhood have a lower chance of being depressed in their adult lives.
It Improves Digestion
If you’re having awful digestion, coffee has your back. A cup of coffee can get things moving. You see, coffee is a natural diuretic. Aside from draining your body of excess moisture, it allows your body to remove its wastes. This means, if you have an upset stomach, you should pick up a mug of coffee. It might just help.
Like anything else in our daily lives, coffee should be consumed in moderation. While a few cups a day may have health benefits, too much coffee can cause heart problems, increased blood pressure, constipation, indigestion, and other undesirable issues.
- Coffee has been shown to prevent diabetes. Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of the Harvard School of Public Health, reviewed nine studies done on coffee and type 2 diabetes with 193,000 participants. He found that 28% were at lower risk for the disease after drinking 4-6 cups of coffee a day.
- Coffee contains magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin. This results in more regulated blood sugar.
- Drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day lowers the risk of heart rhythm disturbances in both men and women, as well as the risk of stroke in women alone.
- The link of coffee to lower risks of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, especially in men, has been a consistent finding over numerous studies. A twenty year study states that the risk was substantially lowered by 65%, by drinking 3-5 daily cups.
Coffee contains only 7 calories per 6 ounces. It is believed that decaffeinated coffee contains the same benefits and full strength. The caffeine is the key negative of coffee, as it can be harmful in large doses. It is still up for debate though, as new studies continue to find the benefits to outweigh the harm.
Moderation, as well as keeping the coffee “pure” are the safest bets when enjoying a cup of morning joe!
Use sugar-free creamer, or less than one gram of sugar, heavy whipping cream, or a natural sweetener, like Truvia, to flavor your cup. The popular drinks served at coffee houses, on the other hand, are loaded with calories, sugar and harmful additives. Also, they’re a costly treat. Although I do occasionally indulge in a sugar-free cappuccino, I make most of my coffee drinks at home.