Not only does coffee keep you sane, but it has so many health benefits that we wonder why you would not want to drink a cup daily if you don’t already. For some, it tastes better with a few teaspoons of sugar or cream, although the benefits come from straight up black, pure coffee. However, sugar and cream don’t hurt now and then.
Additionally, it’s better to buy organic, fair trade when possible. Also, it’s better to go for pure coffee without added, artificial flavors, because that will lessen the health benefits you get from it.
So, here is what happens if you drink coffee daily:
1. It increases your metabolism.
That’s probably the number one reason why people drink coffee, anyway. There is nothing like waking up groggy and unprepared for the day ahead and then drinking a cup of coffee and suddenly feeling like energized. While the energy does not last that long, it can certainly help you start your day on the right note. Also, who’s to say you cannot have a refill or two after your lunch!
Studies have even discovered that coffee helps increase our metabolism after a workout! According to a study which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, endurance athletes who had a cup of coffee after their exercise had a 66% increase in muscle glycogen, which helped their body replace energy quickly after the hard workout.
2. Coffee increases brain health.
Some studies have discovered that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by approximately 65% in middle-aged people. Other studies have found that a cup of joe every day can also decrease the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 32-60%.
Plus, drinking coffee inhibits a type of nucleoside in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine lowers the firing of neurons as well as the release of beneficial neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine within the brain. Therefore, since caffeine blocks adenosine, it increases the “feel-good” chemicals in the brain.
Finally, other studies have discovered that coffee improves cognitive performance, mood, memory, reaction time, and alertness.
3. It makes you happier.
A groundbreaking study conducted by researchers at the Harvard Public School of Health discovered that adult women and men who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee every day had a 50% lower risk of suicide compared to adults who drank decaffeinated coffee or no coffee at all.
Coffee also contains many antioxidants as well as beneficial nutrients such as Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, potassium and manganese. All these nutrients will help you feel happier overall!
4. You have a lower risk of skin cancer.
According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, older adults who drank at least four cups of coffee every day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing malignant melanoma, that’s the deadliest form of skin cancer in America. Researchers claim that coffee helps to lower the risk of developing skin cancer due to the many antioxidants and phytochemicals in the United States’ favorite drink.
5. You decrease the risk of liver cancer.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) happens to be the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. It makes up about 90% of all liver disease reported.
Even one cup of joe per day might decrease the risk of HCC by 20%; two cups by 35%, and four or more cups by 50%. (The FDA recommends no more than 400 milligrams (around four cups) of coffee daily.
Dr. Peter Hayes, a medical professor at the University of Edinburgh, claims, “We have shown coffee reduces cirrhosis and also liver cancer. Coffee has also been reported to reduce the risk of death from many other causes. (In moderation), coffee can be a wonderful, natural medicine.”
6. Drinking coffee can lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health showed that people who had one more cup of coffee every day than their usual amount over the course that lasted four years had an 11% less risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, people who continued to drink the same amount of coffee as they used to. The study also found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by over one cup per day raised their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 17%.
Reference: Power of Positivity