15 Health Reasons To Drink Coffee
It’s International Coffee Day, but perhaps to you every day is because you literally couldn’t get through life without your cup of Joe. That’s okay because that aromatic, dark brew that you love actually has some pretty impressive health benefits. It’s no wonder people have been drinking the stuff since the 1600s, when a goatherd noticed his goats became particularly energetic after eating from a plant, which would later be discovered as the coffee plant. Now we all have that goatherd to thank for fueling our groggy mornings, getting us over the afternoon hump, and even saving us during a long day of errands after a long night of drinking other things like margaritas and wine. Over half of American adults drink coffee every single day—the other half is missing out. Here are impressive health benefits of coffee. Go ahead and treat yourself to that special, overpriced latte today.
Though serious depression should be addressed with a professional, research has found that individuals who regularly drink coffee are less likely to have suicidal thoughts and suffer symptoms of depression.
Do better at work
Caffeine has certain effects on neurons that help with memory, mood, and overall mental function. Sipping on coffee can reduce the number of mistakes you make at work and help you overall meet your potential on tasks.
Protect your gums
Sipping Joe regularly could reduce your chances of developing gum disease and suffering gum recession. Just keep in mind that it can also stain the teeth, so keep up with brushing, regular hygiene visits, and other good oral hygiene practices.
Prevent colorectal cancer
Extensive research has found that drinking coffee regularly can reduce the chances of developing colorectal cancer. Studies suggest this is true for both full-caf and decaf coffee drinkers, so it isn’t the caffeine that is at play but rather another beneficial compound in the beverage.
Reduce gout risk
Regularly consuming a cup of Joe can reduce a man’s chance of developing gout. So if you’re already on your man about taking better care of his health, make sure he adds some coffee to his morning routine.
Protect your liver
Consuming java on a regular basis may prevent liver cirrhosis—a condition defined by a loss of liver cells. Cutting alcohol consumption helps too, naturally, but if you love your nightly wine, add morning coffee.
Reduce post-workout discomfort
A special compound found in coffee can help reduce post-workout pains. If you want to feel in fighting shape to get up and hit the gym again tomorrow, have some coffee after today’s lifting session.
Help prevent diabetes
If diabetes runs in your family or certain lifestyle choices have put you in the risk zone, in addition to making other important changes, add coffee to your diet. Studies have found regular drinkers of the stuff face a lower risk of developing diabetes.
Improve coronary health
Consuming coffee regularly reduces the chances of calcification of the arteries. Those who drink coffee regularly are also less likely to die of heart disease.
Boost vision health
Chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant found in coffee, can reduce the chances of retinal damage due to oxidative stress.
Smooth over relationships
There may be hundreds of studies on the various ways this is true, but from personal experience that nearly everyone can relate to, coffee just helps those tricky relationships go smoother. Somehow, you’re less likely to yell at that coworker after you’ve had your coffee than before.
Have an easier BM
If you’re feeling backed up, have a cup of coffee. It provokes the bowels into moving. The effects are most felt when coffee is had first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Coffee acts as an appetite suppressant, so while you shouldn’t use it to replace meals all day, it can help curb your craving for that mid-afternoon snack, helping you stay on track with your diet plan.
Coffee comes to the rescue again on the weight loss front. It can boost your metabolic rate and boost fat burning. No wonder it’s in so many weight loss supplements.
Boost this nutrient intake
Coffee also has impressive levels of many nutrients. It contains 11 percent of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin B2 and 3% RDI of potassium.