When it comes to my favorite morning beverage, I do not have to think before I pick up my cup of coffee. And that is not a bad thing, after all, coffee has lots of great benefits, giving you lots of reasons to enjoy drinking it. Added bonus: it’s inexpensive, available almost everywhere and tastes oh so good. So, do you need any more reasons? Well, you are in luck, because after reading this you will make coffee a part of your daily ritual, and do so without feeling guilty.
1. Coffee Can Help To Reduce Pain
If you work out often, coffee can do wonders to reduce some of the pain that goes along with that afterward. In fact, a study published in The Journal Of Pain (Maridakis et al, March 2007) found that up to a 48% reduction of pain could be expected. This is significant because it speeds up your recovery and will allow you to begin training sooner.
2. Coffee Can Help To Burn Fat
It is no coincidence that almost every single weight loss supplement on the market contains caffeine, and that is because it has been shown to promote fat loss of up to 30% in lean people. This is in conjunction with a general metabolic rise of between 3-11%, which is certainly significant when trying to lose weight. There’s just one downside. The effects of caffeine may be reduced over time as our bodies develop a resistance to caffeine. If losing weight is your primary objective, you should try to limit coffee intake to just before workouts for optimum effect.
3. Drinking Coffee February Prevent Development Of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious health concern throughout the world today and currently affects more than 300 million people worldwide. And that number is only on the rise. Although exactly how coffee does work to prevent diabetes is cloudy, a coffee review of several studies demonstrated that, on average, it reduced the risk by up to 50%. That indicates a significant change. One of these reviews was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by researcher Huxley et al, and it found that drinking coffee each day reduces the risk by at least 7%.
4. Coffee Consumption February Reduce Occurrence Of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are part of this category; These two diseases as of now are incurable and continue to get progressively worse over time. Though the normal prescription of a healthy diet and exercise is always advised, caffeine may also prevent the development of the conditions, up to 60%, according to a study published in the European Journal Of Neurology (Maia et al. 2012).
5. Coffee February Reduce The Risk Of Developing Certain Cancers
Studies have shown coffee may reduce the risk of liver and colorectal cancers in persons who consume 3 or more cups of coffee each day, lowering risks by up to 40% and 15% respectively.
Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.
A meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:
Reduces your risk of cancer up to 20%.
Reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 30%.
Reduces your risk of Parkinson’s disease by 30%.
Reduces your risk for heart disease by 5%.
That alone is enough to qualify coffee as a super-food, but there’s more to it than that. Almost all of the 127 studies tracked coffee-drinkers versus non-coffee-drinkers without regard for HOW the coffee-drinkers take their coffee.
In other words, some percentage–probably a pretty large percentage–of the coffee-drinkers in those studies drink coffee with sugar, creamer and artificial flavorings. As a result, the potential reduction in heart disease is probably much, much larger than 5%.
Take sugar, for instance. According to the American Heart Association, the average women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day while the average man, being larger, should limit himself to 9 teaspoons a day.
To get the most benefit from coffee, you should be drinking from two to four 8 ounce cups a day. Adding two teaspoons of sugar to each cup (a not uncommon amount) thus approaches the maximum amount of sugar that most people should consume. And since many, many packaged foods contain sugar, those teaspoons are likely to push just about anybody into the “bad for your heart” range, and increase one’s likelihood of contracting diabetes.
Non-dairy creamer is even worse. Not only do many brands contain lots of sugar but some contain partially-hydrogenated oils and trans fats, both of which are deadly dangerous. Artificial flavoring–common in pre-packaged ground coffees (e.g. “French Vanilla,”)–is also problematic.
To make matters worse, some barista-prepared coffee drinks are spectacularly sugared. For example, a Starbucks “Venti White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream” contains about 18 (!) teaspoons of sugar–the same as 2.5 cans of sugared Coke.
That’s the bad news.
Here’s the good news:
First, even if you’re loading down your coffee with additives you’re still reducing your risk of cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Second, substituting skim milk for creamer and artificial sweetener for sugar, while not ideal, starts returning your coffee to super-food status.
Finally, if you gradually accustom yourself to drinking your coffee black, the health benefits go through the roof. While that may sound difficult (people like their coffee the way they like it!), it’s MUCH easier if you know how to prepare coffee correctly.
The reason that people become accustomed to additives in their coffee is that the coffee they’re drinking is made from stale beans. You see, once roasted, coffee reacts with oxygen and becomes bitter, and store-bought beans can be a decade old!
Pre-ground coffee–especially if it’s store-bought–can be even more bitter because it increases the surface area of the coffee that’s exposed to oxygen.
Here’s the thing: freshly-roasted, freshly-ground coffee that’s made using clean implements is not bitter. It’s naturally sweet. More important, good coffee has natural overtones and surprisingly flavors that are lost when smothered in additives.
Not to put too fine a point on it, drinking a fine coffee–like Kona from Hawaii–with sugar and creamer is like dumping Sprite into a glass of Château Lafite.
Weaning yourself off coffee additives is not all that difficult. Look, when I started drinking coffee back in the day, I added six teaspoons of sugar and two creamers to each cup. When I realized that my coffee habit was part of the reason I was gaining weight, I gradually cut down on the additives until I became accustomed to drinking it black.
And that was with crappy pre-ground coffee being made in an office Mr. Coffee machine that hadn’t been cleaned in half-a-decade. It would have been much easier had I known to buy freshly-roasted beans, grind them myself, and make my coffee in an Aeropress.
If I can wean myself off sugar, creamer and flavorings, you can, too. So now’s a good time to up your coffee game, start savoring your super-food and get the health benefits you deserve!
Article by Geoffrey James Contributing editor, Inc.com @Sales_Source PUBLISHED ON: MAR 17, 2018
Research said Yes! Go ahead and Drink Up those two or more cups and enjoy the benefits of coffee.
Coffee was once labeled the evil drink leading those who engaged in it to do evil things when it was first discovered. Coffeehouses were threatened to be shut down as the ‘Decay of the Old English Vigor.’ They believed in the 1800’s that coffee caused blindness and later touted as stunting growth and causing heart attacks. All of which we, thankfully now know, is not true. Looking at the meta-data, hundreds of research studies are saying the same thing…
Recent observational research looking at over 20,000 people who drank at least four cups per day had a 64% lower risk of early death compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. It also suggested that the benefits weren’t caffeine related, the study found coffee drinkers appear to live longer despite whether they drank regular or decaf. Another benefit it pointed to was the reduction in risk was more significant in those over the age of 45; and became more beneficial with increased age.
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants naturally, plus many occur through the roasting process. Over 1,000 different antioxidants have been identified by scientists. Antioxidants fight inflammation, the cause of most diseases and chronic conditions. They are free radical scavengers. looking to neutralize the byproduct of metabolic functions leading to what’s known as oxidative stress. In other words, antioxidants keep the body healthy by protecting cells from this damage. An extra bonus is that coffee does have some nutritional value containing Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorus.
Lower Risk of Stroke?
It has been found to lower the risk of CVD and stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. Research suggests it lowers the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 25%. Risk of premature death is lowered by 25% and it extends longevity (4-5 cups daily) by 12-16%. Coffee decreases insulin sensitivity lowering risk of Type 2 diabetes. It boosts serotonin and dopamine levels that lead to an elevated mood, suppressing depression.
What about Caffeine?
Caffeine is the single most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. For those in the Americas and Europe, caffeine comes from coffee consumption. For good reason, coffee is well loved! It’s the perfect wake-me-up in the morning, coffeehouses bring together conversations and relaxation, and who doesn’t rejoice in the memory boost and better mood?
In short, coffee benefits include boosts in physical performance. Drinking a few cups can aid in weight loss and it’s found that it assists the body in burning fat as fuel. Those with Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 diabetes rejoice in decreased insulin sensitivity and better regulated blood sugar levels. Those looking for an edge enjoy increased brain activity and improved focus and mental activity. Those looking for decreased systemic inflammation can rest assured coffee has high rate of antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body.
Side note: People metabolize caffeine differently. A small percentage of population has a fairly common, genetic mutation that slows caffeine breakdown. This mutation along with caffeine may increase the risk of heart disease in this population. You can be tested to find out how fast you metabolize caffeine through genetic testing.