What does Research Say?
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.