How do we function without our morning coffee?! We don’t know, and we’re not sure we want to find out. A hot cup of coffee or an icy cold brew just jolts us with energy, gives us that focus, and fuels us with enough positive vibes to convince us to get up early, go to work, and be productive. It’s inexpensive, effective, and available everywhere. But, aside from that boost, we are always chasing, did you know there are a slew of other wonderful health benefits from drinking coffee?
Yes, there are several positive things that happen to your system when you drink that morning cup of Joe, and we wanted to share some of the big ones with you (14 to be exact). So next time you wait in line at the local cafe, spend a bit more money on the perfect beans and dedicate a portion of your busy day to consuming coffee, you’ll know it’s worth it.
The first major health benefit you get from drinking coffee is protection against diabetes. According to TIME magazine, in a study, “published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products, researchers identified two compounds in coffee that are thought to help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
It’s Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect your cells against free radicals and are tools in the fight against aging, cancer, heart disease and more. So we were happy to find out that coffee is rich in antioxidants. Not only does it wake you up and keep you awake during long work hours, but it is also protecting your body from damage!
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Coffee is also a BFF when it comes to your weight and fitness. It has been shown to burn fat, rev up your metabolism, and help your workouts to be more efficient. In fact, Men’s Journal reported that if you drink coffee before you head to the gym, your body may burn fat cells as energy, instead of glycogen, and you will also experience less muscle pain during exercise.
Lowers Risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are two devastating diseases that we pray not to have. The more we discover about prevention, the more we want to implement what we learn into our daily routines to help safeguard our health. According to Healthline, it turns out that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of developing both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, thanks to its neuroprotective effects.
Makes You Smarter
If you swear that your brain seems to work better after that cup or two of coffee, you are probably correct and not imagining things. The caffeine in coffee has been known to improve brain function, improve focus, and may help your memory. These are all things we need when sitting in front of the computer at work, or sitting down to learn something at school. It looks like coffee really does help!
Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is a major issue for Americans, and we have to be proactive when it comes to prevention. One thing that can help reduce your risk of getting heart disease resides in your favorite coffee mug. Yes, the American Heart Foundation shared that “drinking coffee was linked to a lower risk of heart failure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Every extra cup of coffee consumed per day reduced each of these conditions by 8%, 7%, and 5%, respectively, up to at least six cups per day,” says a 2017 TIME article.
Helps Fight Headaches and Migraines
A horrible headache can derail your entire day, taking your plans for a productive eight hours at work, and throwing them in the office trash bin. Coffee not only helps your focus, but it also fights against those pesky dolores de cabeza and migraines. In fact, WebMD reminds us that caffeine is an ingredient often found in a lot of popular pain relievers.
Reduces Risk of Depression
You may also notice that having coffee boosts your mood. It is believed to go beyond just making you momentarily happy, having antidepressant effects, and being linked to lower rates of suicide. It’s great to have an inexpensive, relatively harmless, and enjoyable tool like coffee in our daily arsenal for safeguarding our mental health!
Improves Your Dental Health
Just when you thought you’ve learned all the benefits of drinking coffee, a new and random one pops up. Did you know that coffee improves your dental health? It is said to help protect teeth and gums from cavities, bacteria, and periodontal bone loss. You can read more about these benefits here.
Reduces Risk of Cancer
Cancer is another terrible disease we want to avoid. Part of the process includes buying healthier, organic food, natural beauty products, and learning about other ways to reduce the number of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. It also includes consuming food and drink that will help protect us, like coffee. Yes, coffee is said to reduce your risk of getting certain cancers, due to it containing antioxidants.
Aids in Liver Health
Coffee also helps protect your liver — who knew?! In fact, according to studies referenced on Healthline, drinking coffee can lower your risk cirrhosis of the liver by up to a whopping 80%, and liver cancer by 40%. Seeing as how the liver is the body’s filter, protecting it is an important task; thankfully those cups of coffee you have every day are helping to do just that!
Is a Natural Diuretic
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“Is coffee bad for me doc?” – a question asked to me by a patient last week and one I’m asked quite frequently by you guys! The answer? Well it sorta depends. It depends on how much you drink, how you take it (cream and sugar, or short and black?), if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you find you’re particularly susceptible to the effects on caffeine. But there’s not just caffeine in coffee – in fact there’s >800 compounds including chemicals called polyphenols which have antioxidant properties. As such, coffee isn’t just a tool for waking you up in the morning, evidence from epidemiological studies suggests that regular, moderate coffee consumption of (approx. 3–4 cups/day) is associated with a reduction in the multiple diseases including specific forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimers disease), and depression. However, if you suffer from sleep issues or anxiety, or if you find it causes unpleasant symptoms (e.g. racing heart beat, headache, or reflux) you may want to limit your intake. Also, there are compounds called tannins in coffee which can block absorption of iron so space it out 30mins from iron containing meals. Note – if you have never drank coffee before or absolutely hate the taste of it, please don’t feel like you need to be signing up to a coffee card in Starbucks. There are lots more ways to support your health – drinking coffee is unlikely to make a difference to an overall healthy lifestyle. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you can consume coffee still but your safe coffee limit is 200mg/day – but actually, there is also evidence that decaffeinated coffee may, in some respect, have similar benefits. I HOPE THIS WAS USEFUL! COMMENT BELOW WHAT YOU WANT ME TO WRITE ABOUT NEXT. (Image by me👩🏽⚕️) #TheFoodMedic #Coffee #CoffeeMyth #CoffeeBenefits #AskTheDoctor
Without going into TMI territory, there are times when we aren’t as regular as we’d like to be. Thankfully, there is coffee. Coffee is a natural diuretic, which will help approximately three out of 10 people go to the bathroom after drinking it. So, if you need some help keeping your digestive system on track, and working on time, look no further than your favorite daytime beverage.
Helps Workplace Harmony
The benefits of coffee extend from personal ones to office politics and keeping a work team unified. A study, shared by Caffeine Informer, found that a workplace where the employees drank coffee led to more participation in group activities, and caused workers to have a better view of themselves and others.
Could Help You Live Longer
We can’t live forever, but we want to be around for as close to that as possible! Thankfully, coffee is believed to help make that happen. According to CNBC, a study showed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of death; you can learn more about the findings here.