Coffee is loved by many and commonly referred to as liquid gold. As much as we are attached to our morning cup of joe; it never hurts to know exactly what we’re putting in our body. If you can’t go a day without having a cup of coffee – or two or three – then you’ll be glad to know that it’s not just a delicious energy-boosting drink to enjoy; it’s also very good for you. While coffee actually does your body a lot of good, we narrowed it down to our top 5 benefits that we get from drinking coffee. Enjoy!
Coffee Helps You Focus
This is a no-brainer, but it also deserves the top spot on our list of five benefits of coffee. There’s a reason why we like to drink our coffee first thing in the morning, and that’s because it acts as a mild stimulant that directly affects our central nervous system. Studies show that caffeine boosts the production of dopamine in our body which plays a role in our ability to focus, our ability to concentrate and in keeping us alert. It also helps boost our mental performance. No wonder we feel out of sorts when we don’t get our cup of coffee before starting the day.
Coffee Boosts Your Metabolism
Another great reason to drink coffee regularly is that it helps boost our body’s natural metabolism. You might say yes, of course coffee can boost metabolism because it has caffeine, which is the main ingredient in most commercial fat-burning supplements. You may be surprised to find out that it’s not just the caffeine that acts as a metabolism-boosting stimulant. There’s also theobromine, theophylline, and cholinergic acid. While caffeine, theobromine, theophylline all act as mild stimulants that help your body burn more energy; cholinergic acid also helps slow the absorption of fat into your body. While we’re not sure exactly how many calories we can lose by drinking one cup of coffee, nutritionists also add that coffee can also have the effect of reducing your appetite; at least for a little while. However, be wary of throwing in too many add-ons to your coffee, such as milk, cream or flavored syrups. These could cancel out the good effects of the drink.
Coffee Has Cancer-fighting Antioxidants
Studies show that coffee contains much needed cancer-fighting antioxidants. That’s right folks, coffee is an excellent way to prevent certain cancers. It can decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men and endometrial cancer in women. Antioxidants don’t just prevent the development of cancer; they protect against other diseases too. That’s why coffee drinkers have a lower risk of getting type II diabetes, liver cirrhosis, heart diseases, and strokes. Just to add the cherry to an already amazing cake; it turns out that coffee doesn’t just have antioxidants, it’s completely brimming with it, and it could even be the biggest source of antioxidants in our diet. If you haven’t started drinking coffee yet, now may actually be a great time to switch from tea.
Coffee Protects Your Brain
Did you know that the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s diseases are found to be increasing every year? Maybe it’s our diet or modern lifestyle, but it turns out that we’re at greater risk of developing these terminal mental diseases than we were just a mere decade ago. The good thing is that studies show there is a direct link between drinking two to three cups of coffee a day and a lower risk of these three diseases. The studies also showed that while it does take prolonged coffee drinking (years and years of habitual coffee drinking) for the effects to show, you can start as late as during your midlife to enjoy the cognitive advantages. If you are at risk of these diseases, then it might be a good idea to start a coffee drinking habit today. While the same studies that had these findings showed that tea also had a similar effect, it was a lot less than cognitive improvement that was shown when the subjects were drinking coffee.
Coffee Elevates Your Mood
Our final benefit from coffee is that it can literally put you in a good mood. If you want to be exact about it, the amount of caffeine that you have in a cup of coffee, plus the improved production of dopamine and serotonin, will last for about four hours. This means that the best time to drink a cup of coffee is after every four hours or so. However, be warned, if you drink too much coffee, you may lose these advantages to nervousness, tension, and being jittery. Be sure not to overdo it. If you stick to normal levels of caffeine, you’ll reap the benefits of decreased lethargy, sustained contentment and generally being upbeat. That’s not even the best part; studies also show that long term coffee drinkers can reap more benefits that occasional coffee drinkers which means that we’re actually being encouraged to drink coffee everyday.
Are You Convinced?
These are just our five best benefits of enjoying a cup of coffee regularly, throughout the day. We can guarantee you that there are a lot more advantages to enjoying that hot cup of joe than what we’ve listed here, but if you’re a long time coffee drinker and lover like we are, you hardly need another reason to brew a cup of coffee. We’re willing to bet that you’re enjoying one right now, as you’re reading this article. At least now you can rest assured that your cup of coffee is great for your health, and there’s no reason to stop enjoying it anytime soon.
What are your favorite benefits from coffee? Leave a comment below.