What are the top five health benefits of coffee, you ask? Besides the heavenly smell and taste, of course.
Let’s Talk About the Top 5 Health Benefits of Coffee
Did you know that coffee provides health benefits? Yes, I’m telling the truth. It really does have health benefits besides the calming effect of the amazing smell and taste…and making me fit to talk to someone in the morning.
People usually only think about the jolt of caffeine you get with each cup of the dark, delectable beverage. But let me tell you about some of the many health benefits.
Benefit No. 1: You May Not Have As Many Pains
Coffee contains antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and fight cancer. Antioxidants are like the body’s army, finding and fighting the “invaders” and getting rid of the pain caused by inflammation.
Coffee has other beneficial nutrients, including manganese (for digestion and metabolism), potassium (for heart and kidney health), Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B5 (all for helping the body convert food to fuel). It makes you feel less tired and more energetic. Some studies have found that it burns fat, boosts your metabolism, and makes you stronger.
Coffee quickly gets into the bloodstream and travels to the brain, where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine (which wants to keep you sleeping) and increases the dopamine, your brain’s happy drug. No wonder some people feel so much better after a few sips of coffee!
Who wouldn’t want to drink it?
Benefit No. 2: You May Be Healthier & Smarter
Studies have shown that coffee improves your brain function and helps you think more clearly. (People think you are smarter.)
It can also reduce the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. And it appears to protect the liver against cirrhosis. That doesn’t mean you can go get soused and let your morning coffee clean out your liver every day.
The antioxidants work hard for you, preventing all those diseases. Of course, drinking a couple of cups of coffee won’t keep you healthy all by itself. It helps. But you still have to eat a heart healthy diet and get some exercise.
Benefit No. 3: You May Live Longer
Studies have shown that people who drink coffee tend to live longer than those who don’t drink the beverage. Is that because life is not worth living without coffee? I think so!
It’s also because you are less likely to suffer a stroke, heart disease, certain cancers and other maladies. Maybe the caffeine gives you more energy so you can get yourself to the gym to work out.
Benefit No. 4: You May Be Happier
Coffee alters the mood and makes some people happier. With all the jokes and coffee cups out there that say such things as “Don’t Talk To Me Until This Mug Is Empty,” you know coffee improves people’s moods!
Studies have shown that people who drink coffee are less likely to be diagnosed as clinically depressed and are less likely to commit suicide.
Benefit No. 5: People May Like You Better
If you are a grumpy cat before you have your first cup of coffee, you’ll understand this one. Nobody wants to be around someone like that. Go get a cuppa coffee!
I’ve written this in a lighthearted way, but the benefits of coffee are well known. For more in-depth discussion of the benefits of coffee, see “13 Health Benefits of Coffee, Based on Science” and “9 Reasons Why (the Right Amount of) Coffee Is Good for You.”
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This post was originally posted on Recipe Idea Shop February 17, 2021.