“Coffee helps me maintain my ‘”never killed anyone streak.’” – Anonymous
Not only a lot of us are being kept sane by coffee, but it also contains so many health benefits that we question why you wouldn’t want to drink it if you don’t already.
Even though it tastes better with a few teaspoons of sugar and cream, sadly, the benefits come from straight up black, pure coffee. However, sugar and cream don’t hurt every now and then.
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.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK COFFEE EVERY DAY:
IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD!
Researches performed a groundbreaking study at the Harvard Public School of Health and found that adult men and women who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee each day had a 50% lower risk of suicide compared to those who drank decaf coffee or no coffee at all.
Additionally, coffee contains many antioxidants and beneficial nutrients such as Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, as well as potassium and manganese.
IT INCREASES YOUR METABOLISM.
This is probably the main reason why people drink it, anyway. There’s nothing quite like getting out of bed groggy and unprepared for the work or school day ahead and then downing a cup of joy and suddenly feeling like an Energizer bunny.
While the energy doesn’t last long, it can certainly help us start our day on the right note. Plus, who’s to say you can’t have a refill or two in the afternoon! Studies have even found that coffee helps increase your metabolism after a workout!
COFFEE INCREASES BRAIN HEALTH.
Where should we start with all the brain benefits? Well, some 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 a daily cup of Joe can decrease the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by as much as 32-60%. Other studies have found that coffee increases cognitive performance, mood, reaction time, memory, and alertness.
YOU HAVE A REDUCED RISK OF SKIN CANCER.
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that older adults who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer in the U.S.
Researchers believe that coffee helps to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer because of the many antioxidants and phytochemicals in America’s favorite drink.
YOU ALSO DECREASE YOUR 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.)
COFFEE HELPS REDUCE THE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES.
People who had one more cup of coffee per day than their normal amount over the course of four years had an 11% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with those who drank the same amount of coffee as normal, according to a study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
For what is more, the study discovered that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day increased their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 17%.
We hope you will continue enjoying this delicious, medicinal drink, or get on the bandwagon and start indulging, now that you’re armed with all this knowledge about the benefits of coffee!