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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee

Updated on November 2, 2013
A Cup of Coffee
A Cup of Coffee | Source

Whether you prefer it black, white, or brown, statistics show that more than 100 million people drink coffee every day. Grown in over 70 countries all over the world, coffee contains hundreds of different chemical compounds that is beneficial to your health.

When consumed in considerable amount, coffee will helps an individual become smarter, healthier, and slimmer -- but not when drowning it with sugar and cream! Furthermore, many of the benefits of coffee is associated with drinking two to four cups of coffee each day.

Without any further ado, let us take a look at the numerous health benefits of this magical beans.

1. Builds up immune system

A study conducted in 2005 revealed that coffee provides the highest level of antioxidants for the body. Although fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants, human body absorbs the most number of antioxidants from coffee.

Researchers proved that coffee results to increases the antioxidants in the body. When coffee enters the bloodstream, antioxidants help fight sickness as it builds the immune system.


2. Fights depression

A joint research made by National Institutes of Health and AARP discovered that people who drink four or more cups of java coffee each day have 10% less possibility to be depressed than those who do not drink coffee at all.

Similarly, a study of more than 100,000 men and women performed by the Harvard School of Public Health found out that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of suicide in both men and women by a surprising 50%.

Researchers suggest that the antioxidant found in coffee serves as mood enhancer to regular coffee drinkers.

3. Helps boost performance

When you are sleep-deprived, taking a cup of coffee will improve your reaction time, logical reasoning, vigilance, and attention.

Several studies have shown that caffeine found in coffee blocks the neurotransmitters in the brain related to sleep. Similarly, caffeine also boosts brainpower and cognition temporarily. So, if you lack sleep or sleep-deprived, drink a cup of coffee before taking an examination to sharpen your memory and keep you alert.

Likewise, caffeine boosts the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, allowing the muscles of the athletes to absorb and burn those fats for fuel. Hence, the small reserves of carbohydrates in the body are saved for exercises later on.

Two to Four Cups of Coffee Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Two to Four Cups of Coffee Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away | Source

4. Keeps liver healthy

Studies showed that caffeine found in the coffee you drink helps improve liver, especially if you drink alcohol. It has been known that excessive drinking of alcohol causes diseases in the liver. One study reported that drinking four cups of coffee a day reduces fatty liver.

Researches also revealed that regular consumption of coffee reduces the risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an extraordinary autoimmune disease that can result to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, as well as liver cancer.

5. Reduces risk of Type II diabetes

There are more than 15 published studies that links coffee drinking and prevention of Type II diabetes.

A 2012 study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that a chemical compound found in coffee helps block a substance in the body called "human islet amyloid polypeptide", which plays an important role in the development of diabetes.

Additional studies conducted by The American Chemical Society revealed that drinking three to four cups of coffee each day reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes by 50%.

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6. Speeds up metabolism

Caffeine found in coffee speeds up body metabolism and burns fat fast. As a result, drinking coffee will keep your body active and your mind alert.

Black coffee is considered to be one of the beverages with the lowest number of calories. Hence, drinking black coffee can lead to weight loss and a slimmer body.

Additionally, coffee also acts as an appetite suppressant. Drinking coffee in the afternoon or after dinner suppresses the appetite and fills the stomach without adding more calories to your diet. Thus, reduces your cravings for sweets or snacks.

Drinking coffee each day makes you healthier, smarter, and slimmer.
Drinking coffee each day makes you healthier, smarter, and slimmer. | Source

7. Fights certain types of cancer

A 2011 study showed another important reason why you should keep the coffee habit. The study revealed that men who drank six or more cups of coffee each day have 20% lower risk of prostate cancer. Another study found that women who drank more than four cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of endometrial cancer by 25%. Coffee drinkers have also lower occurrence of breast cancer recurrence.

Coffee is not only good in managing your weight, mood, and worn nerves but it also helps reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. A joint study by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital on 2012 followed 112,897 men and women who drank coffee for over 20 years. The study found that women who drank three cups or more a day were less likely to develop skin cancer than those who did not drink coffee, or those who drink decaffeinated coffee only.

8. Fights dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease

It has been proven that coffee sharpens our minds for a short period of time. Apparently, it also has similar long-term effect. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South Flordia, theorizes that caffeine "inhibits production of beta-amyloid," a protein that builds up in the brain of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Further studies showed that coffee drinkers have 60% less risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Likewise, coffee also helps reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 32% to 60%.

9. Strengthens muscles

According to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, it was found that caffeine has similar effect in our muscles as exercise. It was also revealed that the positive effects of coffee are similar to the effects obtained from exercise.

Studies also proved that caffeine acts directly on muscles by increasing the calcium ion release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum. This leads to more vigorous muscle contraction so that the muscles produce more force. Because coffee makes you more active and alert, you are able to are able to push heavier weights or add more reps to your routine. Consequently, a more activeresistance training results to larger and stronger muscles.

10. Alleviates headache

Studies show that caffeine enhances the effectiveness of pain relievers and analgesics. Hence, caffeine found in coffee is normally added to various over-the-counter and prescription headache medicines. Furthermore, caffeine helps the body absorb headache medicines faster; thus, alleviating the headache more quickly.

However, a headache-prone individual is advised to avoid drinking coffee regularly to avoid further headache attacks.

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The Risk of Drinking Too Much Coffee

You said you drink more than five cups of coffee each day? Think that's good for you? Think again!

Studies have proven that coffee is beneficial to your health. However, it can also be detrimental to your health if you drink too much coffee every day. Excessive amount of caffeine on your body can cause undesirable effects. Worse, it can even lead to life-threatening effects.

As the old adage says, "Everything should be taken in moderation." Drinking more than five cups of coffee each day can cause various health problems, such as anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and irritability.

Drinking three cups of coffee a day is beneficial to your health, but not if you have high blood pressure or an overactive thyroid! Likewise, those spoons of cream and sugar that you mix in your coffee contains high content of fat and calories that adds up to your diet.

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    • farza profile image

      farza 

      5 years ago

      The article was very insightful. A cup of coffee can even decrease the risk of cancer! I read some articles on the Nescafe website on benefits of coffee ( http://www.nestle-family.com/nescafe/english/artic... ) . As proven by research, coffee has been shown to provide substantial antioxidant benefits! In fact, 3-5 cups of coffee a day provide you with around 60% of your average daily antioxidant intake. As coffee is also a source of caffeine, a natural stimulant, it is recommended to consume coffee in moderation – an average of 3-4 cups per day. Antioxidant activity is greatly affected by the coffee’s method of preparation. When coffee is roasted, it contains a larger amount of antioxidants compared to non-roasted coffee, and thus gives you more health benefits. Whether you opt for normal or decaffeinated coffee or choose to top it off with milk or creamer, you will still benefit from coffee’s antioxidant content!

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      srsddn 

      5 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      houseofjcjee, I love tea but sometimes consume coffee. Looking at the benefits I will certainly increase the input of coffee from today onward. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. Voted up and useful.

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      houseofjcjee 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for the nice words of appreciation. I am glad to know that I am helping people through my writing and the information that I share. I hope you will drop by my hub again.

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      Adebayo Adeolu Ibrahim 

      5 years ago

      I am very grateful for sharing this information. I must said that I love your style of writing; the fact you let us know that drinking too much of coffee may cause problems after telling us the benefits is worthy of mention. Houseofjcjee, I really appreciate your effort. Thanks

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      JPSO138 

      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I am a coffee drinker and this certainly gives me more reason to enjoy each cup of coffee that I take. On the other hand, this is a very nice hub and very informative. Keep up the good work!

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