If you didn’t already know this about me you do now, I am a huge coffee and tea whore. Yep, I guess if your going to be a whore being a coffee and tea one is a good thing. All joking aside, I read the research on both sides of the camp when it comes to the health benefits or not of coffee and I have to say I’m in favor of coffee in moderation of course. I gave up coffee for awhile both because of the things I read and because I plain wanted to test myself and see if I could really do it. I did and honestly I didn’t feel any different than when I was drinking it. Maybe that’s because I am so healthy in all other areas of my life that gives me the health edge up. Either way I did quit for long while. I switched to my favorite herbal coffee brand called Teeccino with no caffeine and increased my herbal tea consumption. If you are trying to cut down or wanting to get off coffee for good I highly recommend moving to Teeccino.
Then one day I was sitting with friends and I realized that drinking coffee was more to me than just drinking coffee. I don’t drink alcohol or least not very often, nor do I smoke. Coffee was my one vice and it was a vice I loved so why deprive myself. Like I’m always telling all of you 90% good 10% not so good. I absolutely love the experience of coffee from the smell to trying different blends. I love adding my healthy flavored creamers and just kicking back in the morning with my cup of Joe and doing whatever. A big part of being healthy is enjoying life and my morning coffee brings me joy. So I’ve put together a short list of how coffee is actually healthy for you, so grab your cup and keep reading with me.
Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage. It is grown in many countries, and comes in endless flavors, strengths, and varieties.
While many would have you to believe, drinking coffee is all bad for you, the research shows otherwise. Coffee (in moderation) can actually be very beneficial to your body, skin, and brain.
Here are 6 Key Health Benefits of Your Morning Cup of Joe
#1 – It Provides You With a Wealth of Antioxidants
Most Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from the food they eat. According to a 2005 study, nothing even comes close to providing the amount of antioxidants found in coffee. Yes, fruits and vegetables have a ton of really wonderful antioxidants. However, according to the study, your body absorbs the most antioxidants from coffee. So drink up!
#2 – It Can Help Relieve Stress
The great thing about coffee is you don’t even have to drink it to benefit from it. According to researchers at the Seoul National University, just smelling coffee is enough to help relieve stress, see I knew there was a reason I love the smell of coffee. Please know this study was not related to stress itself. Instead, it was related to stress brought on by sleep deprivation. Therefore, when you need a quick pick me up at work as fatigue from lack of sleep hits; drink a cup of coffee to get you going.
#3 – It Can Decrease Your Chances of Developing Liver Cirrhosis
If you drink alcohol this is for you. Several years ago, a study was done on 125,000 individuals over the age of 22. In the study, those who consumed just one cup of coffee a day were less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver. Liver cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease caused by drinking alcohol in excess.
Coffee has protective benefits that can help guard against alcoholic cirrhosis. Those who consume more coffee are less likely to end up hospitalized, or dying, from liver cirrhosis brought on by drinking too much alcohol. Other studies have also shown nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can be preventing by drinking coffee.
#4 – It Can Keep Your Brain Healthy & Active For A Long Time
Want to keep your brain healthier for a longer period of time? Try drinking a cup, or two, of coffee a day. A study done by researchers at the University of Miami and the University of South Florida found that high levels of caffeine could actually delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 4 years. This was based on higher blood levels of caffeine found in individuals over the age of 65.
Please know this is not to say coffee consumption can prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, based on the study, drinking a moderate amount of coffee on a regular basis can reduce ones risk of developing this debilitating disease.
#5 – It Can Make You Feel Happier
Feeling a little down and in the dumps? If so, a cup of coffee may be just what you need. The National Institute of Health performed a study on this very issue several years ago. During the study, doctors and researchers found individuals who drink a minimum of 4 cups of coffee a day were less likely to be depressed than those who avoided drinking coffee.
While most would think this is due to the “high” you get from drinking a cup of coffee, research shows that is not the case. You see, you can get the same exact “high” from drinking a can of soda. The difference however is that certain sodas are actually linked to depression.
Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, the doctor who authored this study, told Prevention.com that the reason researchers believe coffee makes you happy is due to the many antioxidants it contains. Soda on the other hand contains no antioxidants at all.
#6 – It Can Make You More Intelligent
Yes, you read that right. Drinking coffee can actually make you smarter. Generally speaking, people will drink a cup of coffee when they are feeling sluggish and sleep deprived. Doing so will often times give you that much-needed jolt that will help you stay alert for a few hours.
According to some reports, coffee does much more than give you an energy boost. It can also make you more intelligent. According to CNN, drinking coffee causes your brain to work more efficiently. The result? A smarter you!
Experts agree that when you drink caffeine your attention span, reaction time, logical reasoning, and vigilance will all improve. All four of these components are associated with overall intelligence, which is why it is believed coffee can make you smarter.
How Much Coffee Should You Drink?
Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety, jitters, and insomnia and it is not good for people with certain medical conditons such as heart problems. Portion control is important to reap the benefits of coffee without its negative effects. The Mayo Clinic says that adults can safely enjoy up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily. This amounts to about four cups of your average brew. However, keep in mind that caffeine content varies, for example, a 6-ounce coffee from Starbucks can have 200 mg more of caffeine than that served at Dunkin Donuts.
A Coffee health tip:
For every cup of coffee you drink you need 4 cups of water to flush the caffeine out so there’s another good reason to drink more water and still enjoy your favorite brew.