If you’re a regular coffee drinker who wonders whether the drink is good for you, the answer is yes, but in moderation.
A recent study in the journal Circulation found that drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day can help prevent premature death from a number of diseases. The caffeine and antioxidants in regular coffee, as well as the natural chemical compounds in both regular and decaffeinated coffee, have health benefits.
Here are 10 health benefits in a cup of coffee:
1. It boosts productivity and creates community. Whether you’re at home, at work or in a coffee shop, coffee brings people together. Getting together over coffee makes people more supportive of each other.
2. It keeps teenagers out of trouble. According to consumer analyst Kevin Osborn, parents view their teens’ coffee drinking as the “least of possible evils”.
3. The cognitive enhancing properties in coffee keep us alert and focused. It improves reaction time and reduces the risks of accidents.
4. The brew helps us look at the bright side of life and it makes us feel happy. It stimulates parts of the brain that is connected to positive thinking.
5. It can prevent depression and lower the risk of suicide.
6. It gives you the energy to workout. Caffeinated coffee increases body metabolism and helps burn fat. The caffeine in coffee breaks down fat cells from fat tissues and releases fatty acids in the bloodstream – giving you the fuel to get up and go. Have a coffee before going to the gym!
7. The compounds in coffee can help lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
8. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
9. A regular and moderate intake of coffee improves blood flow and can prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. For some, coffee can cause a mild and short-lasting increase in blood pressure. People with high blood pressure may need to limit their coffee intake.
10. It may lower the risk of certain types of cancer such as colorectal, skin and liver cancer though more studies are needed to confirm the association between cancer and coffee.