Very few people I know can make it through a morning without at least one cup of coffee. I just started drinking coffee this year and am not quite sure how I lived the last 38 years without it! If you love your cup of Joe each day and would like to know all the benefits that are attached to drinking it, then read this article that will show you five of the greatest benefits that coffee has to offer you.
1. Helps You Live Longer
According to research, caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee can lengthen your life because it decreases the chances of you getting diabetes or heart disease (1, 2). Participants in the studies consumed three or more cups of coffee a day and had a lower risk of death than those who did not consume any coffee at all. However, keep in mind that this only applies to moderate consumption. When you drink up to 10 cups a day, it is associated with heart failure. So drink your coffee, just don’t overdo it (3)!
2. Cheers You Up
We know coffee can help us wake up, but did you know that it can also cheer you up? It’s true! Researchers studied women who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day for 10 years and found that they were 20 percent least likely to become depressed compared to those who did not drink at all! So if you are feeling low, head for the coffee pot (4).
3. Increases Antioxidant Intake
Research suggests that most of Americans’ antioxidants come from the coffee they drink. Antioxidants are known for boosting your immune system, lowering the amount of free radicals that exist in your body and protecting your skin from sun damage and cancer. So if you are looking to up the number of antioxidants you take in each day, consider ordering coffee with your next meal (5, 6).
4. Good For Your Brain
We talked about how coffee can make you happy, but it also protects your brain. Research says that regular consumption of coffee can decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s or Dementia (7). So not only will you be happy in your old age, you will also be sharp as a tack!
5. Protects Your Liver
According to research, alcohol drinkers who also drink at least one cup of Joe per day decrease their chances of contracting cirrhosis of the liver by 22% (7). Just to be clear, this doesn’t give you permission to booze more; excessive drinking is also associated with heart disease, cancer and increased risk of injury. Coffee won’t fix your bad decisions, it just helps your liver.
Drinking coffee in moderation is awesome, so don’t be ashamed of waiting in a 10-minute line for your latte; it’s no longer a guilty pleasure. Drink up friends, but for those who suffer from anxiety or digestive issues, coffee should be kept to the very minimum.
- Kirchheimer, Sid. “Coffee: The new health food.” Accessed on 9.8 (2004): 2008.