I remember how my father used to say that if coffee would be found in the 20th century, it wouldn’t be sold in stores at all because it is ‘more addicting than nicotine’. Coffee has been around for ages and it has been blamed to be the reason for many conditions – from slowing one’s growth to heart failure – but recent studies have found that coffee has several health benefits.
Latest studies have not found any connection between coffee and increased risk of heart attack or cancer.
Quite the contrary, some studies have even found that when used reasonably, coffee can prolong your life.
Why the sudden change? If in the past coffee was the source of all evil, how come it is now praised to have a plethora of health benefits? Earlier studies didn’t always take account that those who consumed a lot’s of coffee usually smoked a lot and exercised little or not at all.
There are, however, some disadvantages with coffee. If you drink a lot of unfiltered coffee (espresso, for example), you might have a slight risk of elevated cholesterol level.
Some studies have found that people with a certain genetic mutation have a higher risk of heart attack if they consume more than two cups a coffee a day. This condition is quite common and it slows down the breakdown of caffeine in the body.
Coffee has more benefits than disadvantages. It is good to remember that these benefits pertain only to black coffee. If you add cream and sugar to your coffee, you also increase your daily intake or fat and calories. If you drink several cups a day, this adds up a lot. Here’s more than 12 health benefits of coffee:
Coffee helps you lose weight
Coffee contains potassium and magnesium that helps your body to use insulin that leads to a better balance of blood sugar levels, therefore effectively reducing your cravings for sweets.
Coffee helps you to lose fat
Caffeine helps the breakdown of fat cells which are used as a fuel for energy.
Coffee helps you perform better
Drink one cup of a coffee hour before your workout and your performance will increase 11-12%. This is because caffeine elevates your blood adrenaline level.
Coffee prolongs your life
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers live 25% longer than those who don’t drink coffee at all.
Coffee helps you focus
Drinking coffee reasonably, 1-6 cups a day, helps you to stay more alert and focused.
Coffee prevents the risk of cancer
One study found that coffee can prevent the risk of prostate cancer by 20% in men and endometrial cancer by 25% in women.
Coffee prevents the risk of stroke
Drink 2-4 cup a coffee a day and you have a lower risk of stroke.
Coffee prevents Parkinson’s disease
Consuming coffee regularly helps to prevent the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25%. Parkinson affects a certain part of the brain. Researchers found out that coffee improves activity in the same part of the brain.
Coffee protects your brain
Caffeine in your blood prevents the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease.
Coffee protects your body
Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants which play a big part in your body by cleaning and defending it.
Coffee protects your liver
Most common liver problems are fatty liver and hepatitis. These conditions usually lead to a cirrhosis, where part of the liver is replaced by scar tissue. People who drink more than 4 cups a coffee per day prevent the risk of cirrhosis by 80%.
Coffee brightens your mood, helps to fight depression and prevents the risk of suicide
Only two cups a day prevents the risk of suicide by 50%. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and speeds up the production of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. These are the ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain.
Coffee contains important nutrients
If you think coffee is just black colored water, you’re wrong. Coffee beans contain many nutrients, and the majority of them end up in your coffee cup. Here’s what found in one coffee cup:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.