Drinking coffee makes us clear-headed but it also offers many other health benefits. With just enough additives like sugar and cream, coffee tastes good. Unfortunately, when it comes to reaping the full potential benefits of coffee, drinking it black and sugar-free is the best way.
With that in mind, there are other safe and healthy sweeteners that can be used with coffee for better taste. For instance, stevia is sweet but without the effect of a normal sugar.
So, let us quickly explore a few of the benefits of drinking coffee daily. But, first, the quality of the coffee you are using matters, too. Try buying and using organic coffee.
If you choose to buy your coffee at your favorite cafe, just order the pure black coffee without the artificial flavorings and sweeteners. This way, you can be certain you are drinking and enjoying the health benefits of coffee.
1. Coffee Boosts Metabolism
Mayo Clinic says that people who are fast metabolizers can get the benefit of daily coffee doze.
In one study1, researchers found coffee helps in boosting metabolism particularly after workout. In this study, athletes who consume a cup of coffee after workout have 66% increase in muscle glycogen.
This, in turn, helps the body replenish the energy quickly after doing an intense workout. Now, in the video, it says “fast metabolizer”. What if you have a slow metabolism, are there any ways to boost it?
Certainly, there are natural ways to boost your metabolism. The faster your metabolism, you are switching your body to a fat burning machine and utilizes energy in an efficient manner.
2. Helpful For Maintaining Brain Health
Drinking coffee daily is good for your brain. If you’ve watched the video report above, you might have noticed that among the benefits of drinking coffee is a lower risk of cognitive decline.
Indeed, there are studies that support this claim. But again, it boils down to drinking pure black coffee without the unhealthy additives.
In another study2, researchers found coffee consumption is beneficial in decreasing risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as lowers risk of type 2 diabetes(more on this later).
Moreover, coffee consumption inhibits adenosine. It is a nucleoside inside the brain that decreases the production of beneficial brain chemicals like norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. All of these brain chemicals or neurotransmitters are essential for feeling good and mental clarity.
The good news is that drinking coffee suppresses adenosine allowing the brain to produce more of these feel-good chemicals. Plus, many studies have shown that drinking coffee improves cognitive performance, alertness, memory and reaction time.
3. Coffee Makes You Feel Good
As long as you are drinking coffee at the right amount your body can handle, it helps you feel good. This may be due to the inhibition or blocking of adenosine that decreases the brain’s ability to produce the feel-good chemicals.
Perhaps, one of the important findings of coffee is it lowers the occurrences of suicidal thoughts, Harvard says.
These results from three large cohorts support an association between caffeine consumption and lower risk of suicide.3
4. Lowers Risk of Cancers
Harvard says that drinking coffee can lower risk of death due to colorectal cancer. This is just one of the cancers in which coffee can be helpful in terms of prevention.
In another study4, researchers say that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day resulted in a 20% decerase risk of melanoma.
Furthermore, liver cancer is also common, especially in alcoholics. Fortunately, coffee comes to the rescue. Researchers find that coffee consumption is beneficial for liver health5. However, to enjoy the long-term benefits and make the liver healthy, you’ve got to trade alcohol over coffee.
As a matter of fact, the CDC warns people from mixing alcohol with other drinks like coffee and energy drinks.
5. Coffee Reduces Risk of Type-2 Diabetes
Diabetics around the globe reach to over 400 million in 2014, WHO says. It’s shocking.
Fortunately, reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes involve shifting towards healthy lifestyle practices, which includes eating healthy and staying active physically. When it comes to coffee, experts agree that making it a part of a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A study6 says that drinking either normal or decaffeinated coffee lowers risk of type 2 diabetes.
These are a few of the known benefits of drinking coffee daily. Of course, in the past, we know how coffee can help prevent erectile dysfunction.
Of course, there may be more benefits to drinking coffee. However, the key to enjoying coffee and its many health benefits is making coffee a part of a healthy diet plus an active lifestyle. Therefore, pair your clean eating habits with regular exercise.
Perhaps, adding yoga and meditation can be more helpful in achieving better health and well-being. And, since coffee as part of a healthy diet and regular exercise, it could be a good and natural way to eliminate belly fat.