Coffee is among the most popular beverages ever, enjoyed by millions of people worldwide each day. Over the last several decades, coffee has been among the most heavily studied dietary components and the news is mostly good. Moderate coffee consumption has been linked to longer lifespans. Studies have found that coffee drinkers may reduce the risk of several of the following serious diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Uterine and liver cancer
The reason that coffee drinking might be beneficial is unknown. One factor, of course, could be the caffeine.
Here are some top health benefits of coffee that might tempt you to increase your daily coffee intake or to start drinking it if you don’t already.
Coffee can improve energy levels and reduce tiredness, because it contains a stimulant called caffeine. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to the brain. In the brain, caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increase, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.
Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.
Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate and stimulate your nervous system, signalling fat cells to break down body fat and make free fatty acids available as fuel, it also increases epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in your blood which help prepare your body for intense physical exertion. It therefore makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee about half an hour before you head to the gym.
3. Great source of antioxidants
Coffee is quite high in antioxidants. Studies show that many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.
Coffee contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin. Many of the nutrients in coffee beans make their way into the finished brewed coffee consumed by us.
5. May lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Parkinson's disease and a much lower risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
7. May protect your liver
Coffee drinkers also have a much lower risk of cirrhosis, which can be caused by several diseases including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and many other diseases that affect the liver. Interestingly, coffee may protect against cirrhosis - people who drink coffee daily have a lower risk.
Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer.
Coffee is a highly popular beverage as the millions of people drinking coffee every day will tell you, it helps you feel more energized, burn fat and improve physical performance. It may also lower your risk of several serious diseases and may even boost longevity.
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