Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
I love coffee. In fact, I have my coffee machine on a timer, so when I wake up in the morning, I can smell it brewing. With so many things that I love being unhealthy, it’s nice to know something I enjoy is good for me. There are many health benefits, but I decided to share my seven favorite health benefits of drinking coffee with you here.
1. Coffee May Lower Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease
Some studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke. And even though it’s often claimed that caffeine raises blood pressure, the minimal effect usually disappears if you’re a regular coffee drinker. Do keep in mind, if you have high blood pressure, that this effect may still have implications on blood pressure. (http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/43/4/760.short)
And even though there is a myth that states drinking coffee increased risk of a heart attack, there is are now studies that debunk this myth (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/113/17/2045.short)
2. Coffee Can Possibly 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.
Studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of health related death.
The Annals of Internal Medicine study shows that drinking coffee was associated with a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women, over a period of 18-24 years.
This effect appears to be particularly strong in type II diabetics. In one study, diabetics who drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year study period.
3. Coffee is a Big Source of Antioxidants
Coffee has vast amounts antioxidants. And for those of us eating the American diet or similar, coffee may be the healthiest part of our daily diet. Studies have shown that we obtain more antioxidants from coffee and both fruits and veggies combined. Probably because we don’t eat enough fruits and veggies on the daily basis. Coffee is looking pretty good right now, but I have even more…
4. Coffee Can Make You Happier
Depression is common, and about 4.1% of people in the United States have been diagnosed as clinically depressed. The quality of life is lowered. Being unhappy sucks.
But a recent study showed that women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a reduced risk of depression. Now, if you’ve been diagnosed, this isn’t an okay to go off your meds. It’s just an observation of coffee’s effects.
5. Just a Cup a Day May Prevent Dementia
I’ve seen how horrible Alzheimer’s can be for the person with the disease. They become so unhappy. And the caregivers are stressed because it’s hard to know what the person is going to be like from moment to moment, day to day.
Alzheimers is the most common cause of dementia at this time, and usually affects people 65 and older. This doesn’t mean that people under 65 can’t be affected. And there’s no known cure.
But what if you could help prevent to onset? A healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise, a healthy weight, and eating right is a first step. And coffee may be able to supplement this lifestyle. Multiple studies have shown drinking coffee can reduce your risk of getting Alzheimers by as much as 65%.
6. A Cup’o’Joe May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is currently an epidemic worldwide. Our high sugar, high-fat diets make our bodies work overtime and eventually we have an inability to secrete insulin. Or there’s an insulin resistance.
More studies, these show coffee drinkers to have up to a 50% lower risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Wow! Just a cup a day is significant enough to reduce risk by 7%.
7. Your Java Has Great Nutrients
Turn your water in to a nutrient factory. Make coffee.
Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.
A single cup of coffee contains (consider that we usually have more than one cup a day, and this adds up):
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
If you hate coffee, bummer. Maybe I’ll do a post on the benefits of tea next time.
If you love coffee, this is good information to know. I hope you enjoyed this post.