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Benefits of Drinking Coffee

#coffee is a highly popular beverage worldwide with a number of impressive health benefits.

A daily cup of coffee help you feel more energized, burn fat and improve physical performance, it may also lower your risk of several conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Here are a few more health benefits of drinking coffee:

1. Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels because it contains caffeine which is a stimulant. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream. From there, it travels to your brain where caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. This then increases the number of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.

Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function

2. Can Help You Burn Fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial supplement used to burn fat and for good reason. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3–11%. Other studies indicate that caffeine can specifically increase fat burning by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people

However, it’s possible that these effects diminish in long-term coffee drinkers.

3. Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, signaling fat cells to break down body fat. It increases adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance. Therefore, it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee about half an hour before you head to the gym.

4. Contains Essential Nutrients

Many of the nutrients in coffee beans make their way into the finished brewed coffee. A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.

5. May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels caused by insulin resistance or a reduced ability to secrete insulin. Studies observe that people who drink the most coffee have a 23–50% lower risk of getting this disease.

6. May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide while Parkinson’s disease is the second, right behind Alzheimer’s. There is no known cure for these diseases, which makes it that much more important to focus on prevention.

However, there are several things you can do to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

This includes the usual suspects like and exercising, but drinking coffee may be incredibly effective as well. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease.

7. May Protect Your Liver

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Your liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions. Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and many others.

Many of these conditions can lead to cirrhosis, in which your liver is largely replaced by scar tissue.

8. Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier

Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life. In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed

9. May Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death. It is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in your body. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer.

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10. May Lower Stroke Risk

It’s often claimed that caffeine can increase your blood pressure. This is true, but with a rise of only 3–4 mm/Hg, the effect is small and usually dissipates if you drink coffee regularly. However, it may persist in some people, so keep that in mind if you have elevated blood pressure

That being said, studies don’t support the idea that coffee raises your risk of heart disease. On the contrary, there is some evidence that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk Some studies also show that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke

11. May Help You Live Longer

Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. Several observational studies indicate that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death.

In two very large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% reduced risk of death in men and a 26% decreased risk of death in women, over 18–24 years. This effect appears particularly strong in people with type 2 diabetes. In one 20-year study, individuals with diabetes who drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death

In conclusion, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and as seen, it can help you boost longevity by protecting you from life-threatening diseases.

Sources

  1. healthline.com
  2. Harvard Study

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