The health benefits of drinking coffee have been a controversial subject for a long time. Advocates of coffee drinking have always touted its antioxidant activities as well as brain boosting ability. On the other hand, those who oppose coffee drinking have always cited its negative effects on health, including insomnia, increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as indigestion. However, recent scientific evidence brings a lot of good news for every coffee lover. The following are some of the health benefits of drinking coffee:
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants
Scientists have identified around 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans. In addition, hundreds of others develop during the roasting process. Antioxidants are useful in fighting inflammation, which is the underlying cause of numerous chronic conditions such as arthrosclerosis, certain cancers, and arthritis. In addition, they help neutralize free radicals, which cause oxidative stress hence leading to chronic diseases.
Caffeine is known to provide short term memory boost
Caffeine seems to affect the areas in the brain that are particularly responsible for concentration and memory. This helps provide a boost for short-term memory. However, it is not very clear how long these effects last or how it varies from one person to another.
Coffee offers protection against cognitive decline
Consuming coffee regularly may help prevent cognitive decline often associated with Alzheimer’s disease as well as other types of dementia.
Coffee and heart health
A Dutch study found that people who drink coffee moderately had a 20% lower risk of heart disease in comparison to light or heavy coffee drinkers, as well as non drinkers. There is some evidence that shows coffee may support the health of the heart by protecting it against arterial damage as a result of inflammation.
Coffee may prevent you from certain cancers
Men who drink coffee regularly may be at a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. In addition, new evidence from scientific research suggests that drinking 4 cups of coffee or more every day decreases the risk of endometrial cancer in women by 25% in comparison to women who drink less than one cup every day. Scientific research has also found a link between regular coffee drinkers and a decrease in the rates of liver, breast, colon, as well as rectal cancers.
Coffee may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes
A large number of research studies suggest there is a link between coffee drinking and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Earlier epidemiological studies showed that heavy drinkers of coffee had a 50% lower risk of developing diabetes than non drinkers and light drinkers.
Your liver and coffee
Drinking coffee has been associated with lower risk of liver cancer. In addition, drinking coffee has also been linked to lower incidence of liver cirrhosis, particularly alcoholic cirrhosis.
Coffee and exercise
Recent research suggest that moderate consumption of caffeine (5 cups every day), does not dehydrate people who are engaged in exercise enough to cause interference with their workouts. This means that you can drink coffee and still do your workouts. Additionally, coffee fights fatigue, enabling you to workout longer.