13 Significant Health Benefits of Coffee Based on Science

Hamna HumailWeb Editor

30th Dec, 2020. 10:12 pm
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Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It also seems to be quite healthy due to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.

Here are the 13 significant health benefits of coffee.

1. Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream. From there, it travels to your brain. Caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine in the brain.
When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.

2. Can Help You Burn Fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.

3. Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, signaling fat cells to break down body fat. It breaks down body fat, making free fatty acids available as fuel.

Therefore, it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee about half an hour before you head to the gym.

4. Contains Essential Nutrients

Many of the nutrients in coffee beans make their way into the finished brewed coffee.

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
  • Manganese and potassium
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3)

5. May Lower The Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Studies observe that people who drink the most coffee have a 23–50% lower risk of getting this disease. One study showed a reduction as high as 67%.

According to a large review of 18 studies in a total of 457,922 people, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

6. May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

7. May Lower The Risk of Parkinsons

Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, with a risk reduction ranging from 32–60%.

In this case, the caffeine itself appears to be beneficial, as people who drink decaf don’t have a lower risk of Parkinsons.

8. May Protect The Liver

Coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk.

9. Can Fight Depression

In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.

10. May Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth.

Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. Similarly, another study in 489,706 people found that those who drank 4–5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

11. Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease and May Lower Stroke Risk

Studies don’t support the idea that coffee raises your risk of heart disease. On the contrary, there is some evidence that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk.

Some studies also show that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke.

12. May Help You Live Longer

Several observational studies indicate that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death.

In two very large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% reduced risk of death in men and a 26% decreased risk of death in women, over 18–24 years.

13. The Biggest Source of Antioxidants

coffee is quite high in antioxidants. Studies show that many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.

In fact, coffee is among the healthiest beverages.

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