11 Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee
If you’re anything like me, then you probably can’t imagine starting the day with anything but a nice hot cup of coffee.
But did you know that not only does coffee taste and smell fantastic, but it also has many health benefits too?
No longer do you have to wonder about what your coffee is doing to your body – it’s actually helping it on more levels than you know. Here are eleven ways coffee is helping you:
Coffee Can Make You Live Longer
Drinking four to five cups of coffee daily can help you to live longer according to research carried out by Neal D Freedman et al. The study found that people who drank this amount of coffee a day had a 12% reduced risk of death (men) and a 16% reduced of death (women).
Coffee Can Prevent the Risk of Depression and Suicide
Long term, regular coffee drinking can mimic the effect of dopamine on your brain. Dopamine is known as the feel good hormone, and increased doses of the hormone, and by consequence coffee, can help to boost your mood and reduce the risk of a hormonal imbalance which can lead to depression and even suicidal tendencies.
Coffee Contains Anti-inflammatories
An anti-inflammatory diet plan can reduce your risk of arthritis and even some cancers, and coffee is a good addition to this because of its many anti-oxidants.
Coffee Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
Although in the short term, a caffeine boost can raise your blood pressure, long term caffeine consumption actually lowers your blood pressure. This research shows that four cups of coffee a day can significantly lower your blood pressure over time.
Coffee Can Prevent Cavities
Who would have thought that the tannins in coffee, which can discolour your teeth over the years are actually helping you/ The tannins help to prevent plaque build up which can cause cavities.
Coffee Can Prevent Constipation
According to Dr Lawrence Wilson, MD, even one cup of coffee a day can help prevent constipation and bloating. This is thought to be due to the fact that coffee contains a high level of dietary fibers.
Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
As coffee is well known to boost your mental abilities, it comes as no surprise to learn that it can also help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In fact, there is a 65% less chance you will develop Alzheimer’s Diseases if you drink three to five cups of coffee a day when compared to people who don’t drink any coffee.
Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Gallstones
Although rarely fatal, gallstones can be intensely painful. This study from Harvard University found that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of gallstones.
Filtered Coffee Can Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels
Some oils in your coffee can raise your cholesterol levels. However, by using a drip coffee machine with a paper filter, these oils are soaked up, meaning that your coffee can actually help your cholesterol levels.
Coffee Reduces Your Risk of Type Two Diabetes
Participants in a recent study who raised their coffee intake by one eight-ounce cup reduced their risk of type two diabetes by 11%.
Coffee is Good for Your Liver
Although scientists are still a little stumped as to why, studies consistently show a link between healthy livers and coffee consumption.
There you have it – eleven good reasons to enjoy your daily fix!