Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world along with tea, yet it has a somewhat dubious reputation. People will warn you that it raises blood pressure, impairs sleep, causes acidity and so on.
But research over the last few decades declares that coffee is mostly good for you . Moderate coffee consumption (3-4 cups a day ) is certainly not harmful and might even be beneficial for you. Good news for coffee lovers like me who can now drink their coffee without worrying in peace.
Here are some key reasons why coffee might actually be good for you :
Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes
People who consume 4 or more cups of coffee in a day have a 22% lesser risk of diabetes. So drink your coffee but control the sugar and cream in it.
Reduces risk of liver cirrhosis
Many common diseases like hepatitis, fatty liver disease or even excessive drinking can cause liver cirrhosis. Medical research shows that drinking 4 or more cups in a day can significantly reduce liver damage as coffee lowers the liver enzyme levels.
Coffee can help you burn more calories and body fat
Caffeine boosts metabolic rate by 5-10% .Caffeine breaks down body fat, making it available for fuel. As a result you burn more calories and lose weight faster, What can be better , but go easy on the sugar and added flavors .
Improves energy levels
After you drink coffee, caffeine gets absorbed in your bloodstream, and also travels to the brain. In the brain, caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine, and increases neuron activity. It is thus, linked to improved levels of brain function like memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels.
Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have become increasingly common in the past few decades among people over 65. Recent studies show that the compounds found in roasted coffee maybe responsible for preventing the buildup of the brain plaque believed to cause this neurodegenerative disease.
Coffee can help reduce Depression
Psychiatric studies have found that drinking coffee actually acts as a mild antidepressant by boosting feel good neurotransmitters in the brain. Studies show that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee in a day are 20% less likely to be depressed and 50% less likely to commit suicide.
Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk
Coffee is believed to reduce risk of two types of cancer : liver and colorectal by 15% and 40% respectively. which are the third and fourth most common kinds of cancer.
Coffee could protect your eyes
Strange as it might sound, coffee can significantly prevent retinal degeneration, which generally leads to night blindness and impaired vision.
Black coffee can prevent cavities
Drinking coffee can help prevent cavities and tooth decay as it kills the bacteria on the teeth, but this is true only for black coffee.
Contains various nutrients and antioxidants.
Coffee has a huge amount of antioxidants which have several benefits for human bodies. Apart from that, coffee also contains riboflavin, potassium, niacin and magnesium. So your daily cup or cups of coffee have several health benefits and can be enjoyed on a regular basis.