Besides keeping you awake and active, coffee has so much more to offer.
With just a few sips of organic ground coffee, you can go through your day-to-day life much faster. Fortunately for coffee lovers, coffee actually has tons of other benefits. Here’s a rundown of the good things coffee can do to your body:
1. Improve physical performance
Have you tried drinking coffee before starting your exercise routine? If you have, then you would have noticed a surge in your energy and focus. This, then, leads to improved agility, endurance, reaction time, and strength.
Because of caffeine, certain parts of your brain and nervous system get activated. These are critical in helping you run faster or nail a shot powerfully.
2. Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
There are several studies showing that a daily cup of coffee can help fight chronic conditions like diabetes. Drinking at least three cups of coffee each day may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by about 50 percent. Coffee contains many mineral compounds like chromium and magnesium which control blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.
3. Live longer
According to a 2012 study from the New England Journal of Medicine, people who drank coffee had a much lower risk of dying. The research analyzed the habits of individuals between the ages of 50 and 71 which showed longer life spans over a 12 to 13-year study period.
4. Boost metabolism
Caffeine present in coffee is one of the few substances which can help accelerate fat burning. Studies show that drinking coffee can spike metabolism rates by three to 11 percent.
If you want to truly enjoy the calorie burn, go for black coffee instead of a latte. Also, avoid unnecessary calories by cutting out milk and sugar.
5. Keep the brain healthy
The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease says that caffeine found in coffee is particularly useful in protecting against mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Middle aged workers who drink three to five cups each day reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by about 65 percent later in life.
6. Lighten up mood
Do you ever feel downhearted when you miss a cup of coffee? Your feeling is valid. According to a research study by the Harvard School of Public Health, four or more cups of coffee every day actually cuts the risk of depression by about 20 percent.
The caffeine found in coffee doesn’t only stimulate the central nervous system but also serves as a mild antidepressant. It functions by increasing the production of neurotransmitters in the brain including dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin.
To enjoy the good effect, just make sure you drink pure coffee rather than chocolate, decaf, tea, or other beverages that contain less caffeine.
7. Protect the liver
According to a research study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee has a particular ingredient which prevents alcoholic cirrhosis by up to 80 percent. Alcoholic cirrhosis is long-term liver damage from alcohol. In the study, the effect was most distinct in people who drank large quantities of alcohol.
8. Prevent cancer
It comes as no surprise that coffee can fight cancer since it’s full of antioxidants. According to the Gastroenterology Journal, drinking coffee can reduce your risk of liver cancer by about 40 percent if you increase your consumption by two cups a day.
9. Avert blindness
A study published by Cornell University researchers in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that chlorogenic acid prevents retinal degeneration. Chlorogenic acid is a strong antioxidant found in coffee that benefits eyesight.
10. Reduce the risk of heart disease
According to a study by Korean researchers from the Center for Cohort Studies, people who consume three to five cups of coffee each day are less likely to show signs of heart disease. With their moderate coffee consumption, participants of the study were free from evident cardiovascular disease and have low frequency of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis.
Drink coffee with care
Now that you know the benefits of coffee, never miss a day without drinking one cup. However, although coffee boasts tons of benefits, you shouldn’t chug this marvelous drink too much, too fast. Relying on coffee alone for your health condition isn’t advisable as well.
Bear in mind that you also have to let your body recharge to avoid diseases. Find the time to travel, relax and enjoy your stay in a leisure hotel, get enough sleep, eat healthy and exercise to relieve stress.
Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.