Many people, me included, would say, “Who needs 10 reasons to have a coffee each day?”
And for all you dedicated coffee drinkers out there, we all know just how hard it is to beat that heart starting sweet and pungent smell of coffee first thing in the morning.
Ahhhhh…..it’s like a breath of fresh air.
For most of us, the day doesn’t start until we have had a coffee or three.
Healthy and energizing or harmful and addictive – you’ll hear it both ways when it comes to examining the long-term effects of coffee and antioxidants.
But should we really be drinking this addictive elixir each day?
Did you know 54% of Americans drink coffee daily and for coffee drinkers Down Under it is 46% according to ABS figures; in fact, coffee is the world leader of all the beverages consumed around the globe.
While some people drink coffee for a quick energy boost others just love the taste. But are you aware that coffee actually offers numerous health benefits which are well worth considering?
So, go and grab a cup of coffee and read on.
10 Convincing Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Daily:
1. Coffee Can Reduce Your Risk of Developing Diabetes
Over 9% of American’s now have diabetes, and the number one factor behind its development is a poor diet and overall bad lifestyle choices.
Although drinking too much coffee is itself a bad lifestyle choice, drinking a couple of cups daily is not only okay, it also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.
Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health evaluated data from 128,000 healthcare professionals who were surveyed about their diet choices for more than 20 years.
During those two decades, 7,300 of them were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but the ones who drank more than one cup of coffee daily, had an 11% lower risk for the disease.
Health Tip: Have your coffee without the addition of sugar.
2. Coffee Can Prevent Cavities
One main health benefit of coffee is that decreases tooth decay. Several studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are antibacterial against the S. mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay.
Studies also show that roasted coffee prevents the absorption of such bacteria by the teeth.
In all of the studies I came across, various types of coffee beans were used, both roasted and unroasted, Arabia and Robusta and while all of them provided similar benefits, the roasted varieties seemed to be more active in preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
3. Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s
The cases of Alzheimer’s disease are growing at a scary rate, but there are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk and drinking coffee just happens to one of them.
4. Coffee Improves Your Mood
Coffee contains caffeine, a nootropic that improves your mood and cognitive functioning. In short, it makes you more alert, but it also boosts your mood.
This is especially noticeable if you’ve been drinking coffee each day for a year and suddenly stop. You might experience a downshift in your mood, and only by drinking more coffee are you able to raise your spirits back up to normal.
5. Coffee Is Good For Your Liver
Avoid alcohol and drink more coffee is the advice here. While the former can damage your liver beyond repair, the latter just wants to protect it.
6. Coffee Could Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is now one of the fastest growing cancers in the world, and more and more people each year are being diagnosed with it.
There are things you can do to cut your risk, and this includes drinking more coffee.
Scientists have theorized that caffeine is responsible for this, though no final conclusion has yet been reached. So don’t start bathing in it yet……wait for some more conclusive evidence to emerge.
7. Coffee Improves Your Cardiovascular Health
We’re always being told that coffee is bad for our heart.
True, too much coffee is bad for your heart. If you drank 30 cups a day, as the great French writer Balzac was reported to have done, you are putting yourself at massive risk of having a heart attack.
However, if you drink coffee each day in moderation (like everything in life), you can actually improve the health of your heart.
8. Coffee Strengthens Your DNA
You might be wondering why you’d need to strengthen your DNA.
But why wouldn’t you?
DNA strands can break. To prevent this rather alarming thing from happening all too often, you could drink more coffee, as caffeine tightens DNA integrity.
9. Coffee Is Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defense against rogue free radicals, and coffee contains more than many fruits, including oranges and grapes.
10. And, Yes, Coffee Could Certainly Help You Live Longer
I’ll let Ming Ding, M.D. explain this one: “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”
The study also found, “People who drink about three to five cups of coffee a day may be less likely to die prematurely from some illnesses than those who don’t drink or drink less coffee.”
Also part of the study group was senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology who said, “This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases.”
And furthermore “These data support the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report that concluded that ‘moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.’”
In short, you can now see there are plenty of good reasons to drink coffee each day.
Hey…….where’s the barista?
Cheers – John – your Active Ageing Coach and Activist.
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