You’ve probably heard a lot of discussion about whether coffee is healthy or not.
Every few months, I come across an article or news segment claiming to have some magical new information one way or the other.
Sometimes it boasts about the powerful reasons coffee can improve and protect your health while other times it tries to scare you into putting your cup down and swearing off it for good.
The truth is that there are a lot more reasons to drink coffee than not to drink it.
What are the health benefits of coffee you ask?
Well, there’s a few big ones that are backed by science and research.
Although I’m definitely biased for coffee, this isn’t just my opinion on it.
I’m going to give you the facts.
Here’s 5 health benefits of coffee that give you all the more reason to love it!
# 1- Helps you burn fat.
The main reason that people drink coffee is for the caffeine content.
Caffeine is a powerful drug that’s well-known for its ability to stimulate the central nervous system.
This means that it gives you energy and helps you to stay alert.
Most of the power of coffee is from the caffeine found in it.
Aside from the obvious energy benefits, a lot of people don’t realize that caffeine helps the body to burn fat.
Caffeine causes the release of adrenaline within the body and blood.
This adrenaline travels through the body to fat tissues, signaling them to break down fat.
Of course, this has to be in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.If you’re a couch potato eating Mickey D’s all day, it won’t do much.
Caffeine is a major fat loss secret for a lot of bodybuilders and people looking to get fit.
Most fat loss supplements out there are basically caffeine pills.
Caffeine is one of the most powerful substances out there for fat loss that most people overlook as they drink their morning coffee.
# 2- Packed with nutrients and antioxidants
This is probably one benefit you’ve heard before.
Most of the “breaking” stories on the benefits of coffee are usually related to the antioxidants it contains.
Coffee is likely the biggest single source of antioxidants the average person comes across in a single day.
Antioxidants are substances that work to prevent or slow damage to your cells caused by free radicals.
A lot of people recommend drinking tea for the antioxidants, but they don’t realize coffee generally has the same or more amount of antioxidants.
On top of the antioxidants it contains, It’s also a good source of Pantothenic Acid and Riboflavin.
Also found in coffee is manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
While coffee isn’t going to replace your multivitamins, the few cups you drink a day can add up quickly when it comes to antioxidant and nutrient intake.
Not bad for something you drink to stay awake and get more work done huh?
# 3- It can help and protect your liver
Studies have found that coffee can reduce your risk of liver cancer by up to 40 %.
That’s huge when it comes to such a serious disease.
Coffee has also been found to dramatically reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis.
Yet another nasty disease that you want to avoid.
This is huge in a society that does so much damage to their liver.
How do we all do that? Through alcohol of course!
While it may be a big part of our society, alcohol is not a great friend to your liver.
Studies suggest that coffee can definitely help to reduce some of the damage to your liver caused by alcohol and other things.
Not that you have free rein to guzzle down booze because you drink some coffee, but it’s nice to know that it can certainly help to protect you a bit in that area.
# 4- Can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a big problem in our modern society.
The ever-increasing availability of high-calorie junk food and sugar laden desserts leaves a lot of people prone to type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at Harvard tracked people for 20 years and found that those who increased their coffee intake by a cup a day had an 11 % lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The same study found that people who decreased their intake by one cup of coffee increased their risk of getting diabetes by 17 %.
That’s a pretty big finding.
Apparently, they weren’t really able to find why coffee has such a powerful effect on diabetes, but who cares why it works.
We just care that it works right?
Keep in mind that this is coffee that was studied.
Not some type of coffee “beverage” loaded with sugar and fat.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your coffee, minimize the number of additives you put into it.
A little sugar or cream is probably fine, but slow down on a lot of the other stuff.
# 5- Can be good for your heart
This one might surprise a lot of people.
You probably think that coffee stresses your heart out with the caffeine.
If you’re drinking 10 cups a day, that’s likely true and not what I’m talking about.
According to the American Heart Association, “coffee was associated with a lower risk of total mortality, including
deaths attributed to heart disease, nervous system diseases and suicide”.
The American Heart Association also reported that coffee has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease in women specifically.Heart disease is another prominent malady in our western society. One of the biggest.
Anything you can do to mitigate that risk is a positive.
Now it’s a thin line like I said above, because too much caffeine is a bad thing.
Most of these studies were done with small to moderate amounts of coffee.
Nobody is telling you to drink cup after cup.
Just like anything else, you need to be smart and consume it in moderation.
A bright outlook
While it’s still debated in the medical community, there is a lot of research and studies on coffee showing that it has the ability to positively impact your health.
The problem is that it’s easy to overdo and it’s easy to turn coffee into something that can harm your health.
Loading it up with too much sugar and calories is certainly going to have an adverse effect.
Should you drink coffee just for the health benefits? Not unless you actually enjoy it.
If you don’t like coffee, there are other ways to get the same benefits.
If you are a coffee lover like I am though, this is exciting stuff because it gives you all the more reason to love coffee!
P.S. How has coffee improved your life or your health? I’d love to hear your answers, comments and questions below!