Not only does coffee keep a lot of us sane, but it contains so many health benefits that we question why you wouldn’t want to drink it if you don’t already. Of course, it tastes better with a few teaspoons of sugar and cream, but sadly, the benefits come from straight up black, pure coffee. Sugar and cream don’t hurt every now and then, though.
Before we tell you about what happens when you drink coffee every morning when you wake up, we should mention that if you buy coffee, try to buy organic, fair trade when possible. Also, go for pure coffee without added, artificial flavors, as this will lessen the health benefits you get from drinking it.
So, why is coffee good for you, you ask? Well, get ready to feel even better about your coffee addiction when you find out why!
1. It boosts Your Metabolism
This reason is probably why people start drinking coffee. Waking up early for work is very hard and drinking a cup of this amazing potion helps you feel more energized. Even though the energy boost does not last too long it is a great way to start the day. You can always have another cup or two in the afternoon.
According to studies, drinking coffee after a workout speeds up your metabolism. One study from the Journal of Applied Physiology discovered that athletes that drank coffee had a 66% increase in muscle glycogen, a compound that helps the body replace the energy fast after an intense workout.
2. Coffee Increases Brain Health
Coffee offers a bevy of benefits for you brain – studies have found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by as much as 65% in middle-aged men and women. Other studies have found that drinking coffee daily can lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, by as much as 32-60%.
Secondly, drinking coffee can block a particular nucleoside in the brain known as adenosine. Adenosine decreases the firing of neurons and the release of beneficial neurotransmitters within the brain. Because caffeine inhibits adenosine, it increases the production of beneficial chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Additionally, other studies have found that coffee increases cognitive performance, mood, reaction time, memory, and alertness.
3. Makes you feel great
Drinking coffee every day can improve your mood and make you feel great. A study conducted at Harvard found out that regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of suicide, which is mostly due to the combination of essential vitamins and minerals the healthy beverage offers.
4. Reduces the risk of skin cancer
While there is no sure way to protect against skin cancer or any other forms of cancer, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Center and Harvard University found that women who drink 3 plus cups of coffee per day are less likely to develop skin cancer than women who don’t drink coffee at all.
5. Reduces the risk of liver cancer
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. HCC makes up about 90 percent of all liver disease reported.
Just one cup of joe per day may decrease the risk of HCC by 20 percent; two cups by 35 percent, and four or more cups by 50 percent. (The FDA recommends no more than 400 milligrams of coffee daily – or four cups.)
Dr. Peter Hayes, a medical professor at the University of Edinburgh, says, “We have shown coffee reduces cirrhosis and also liver cancer. Coffee has also been reported to reduce the risk of death from many other causes. (In moderation), coffee can be a wonderful, natural medicine.”
6. Reduces the risk of diabetes
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study which discovered that people who drink one cup a day over their normal amount, can reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 11% when compared to those who drank their usual amount. This study also discovered that people who reduced their daily coffee intake actually increased their risk of type 2 diabetes by 17%.
We hope you have learned something new from this article and that you will value the power of coffee more. It is not just an energy-boosting drink, it is actually a medicinal beverage that you can benefit a lot from.