If you’re looking for more reasons to drink coffee every day, this post is for you. Besides the fact that it keeps you up all day, coffee is also beneficial to your health in many different ways. Here are some of them:
Coffee Reduces Risk of Diseases
In 2015, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee found that coffee consumption is not only associated with reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, but it also has a protective association with risk of Parkinson’s disease. “We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits,” said Miriam Nelson, one of the committee’s members. “Specifically when you’re drinking more than a couple cups per day.”
Furthermore, coffee consumption could prevent gallstones formation. Two studies by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that men and women who regularly drink coffee were “significantly less likely to develop gallstones”. Drinking coffee could also help prevent hepatic fibrosis if you have any liver issues.
Finally, a 2012 study found that drinking coffee is associated with longer lives. What more could you ask for?
Coffee Reduces Suicide Risk
Another study by HSPH found that drinking coffee reduces risks of suicide. The researchers believe that the caffeine may act as mild antidepressant, enhancing the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, and thus lowering the risk of depression.
Coffee is a Great Source of Antioxidant
Coffee is the number one antioxidant source for Americans, a 2005 study found. Antioxidant is commonly associated with fruit and vegetables, but according to the study leader, University of Scranton professor Joe Vinson, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close.”
Antioxidant helps protect against cancer and heart diseases, as well as prevent damages from free radicals. What’s not to love?
Coffee Boosts Brain Performance
This might come as no surprise for you, but coffee does help in improving one’s work performance. Researchers at the Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria, found that men’s performance in short-term memory tests improved significantly after being provided with a dose of caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee.
Scientists from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami also found that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s memory loss, as well as delaying the disease’s growth in the body. “Moderate daily consumption of caffeinated coffee appears to be the best dietary option for long-term protection against Alzheimer’s memory loss,” the study’s co-author, Dr. Gary Arendash said. “Coffee is inexpensive, readily available, easily gets into the brain, and has few side-effects for most of us. Moreover, our studies show that caffeine and coffee appear to directly attack the Alzheimer’s disease process.”
So enjoy your coffee without guilt – it is good for you!
Has your opinion about coffee changed after reading this?