The incredible health benefits of coffee are a bonus for those of us who love it.
While water holds first place and tea holds second for most consumed beverages in the world – coffee proudly takes the third slot with flair and flavor. There are literally thousands of varieties across many cultures.
It’s healthy for you! No matter what you’ve heard, coffee is healthy!
Before we get into the many reasons to drink this nectar of the gods, let’s talk about the few known drawbacks of coffee consumption. I know some armchair nutritionists are shaking their heads.Coffee is the third most consumed beverage in the world. The benefits are also amazing, sip on! #benefitsofcoffeeClick To Tweet
5 Reasons People Need to Limit or Avoid Coffee (Sadly)
- If you’re addicted to the java and can’t stick to less than three cups daily, consider supplementing with decaf or doing a half-caf blend. Too much negates many of the health benefits of coffee.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing need to watch their caffeine intake.
- Those who have caffeine sensitivity should only drink decaf.
- Men and women with some heart conditions need to limit caffeinated coffee consumption since caffeine is a stimulant that has been known to raise heart rate slightly.
- If you have issues with quality sleep, strictly limit caffeine intake – particularly a few hours before going to bed.
If you’re not a coffee lover, perhaps I can convince you (it had me at the smell). If you still don’t like it, be nice to those of us who do.
We have scientifically proven reasons to drink it now!
Alright, not an entire pot but up to 3 cups a day (some studies say 4 so that’s my personal limit because I’m greedy) gives you all the good stuff without overdoing it in ways some people might. (Not me, but some people.)Coffee might not be for you, but if it is, know that you are sipping on a beneficial elixir. #benefitsofcoffeeClick To Tweet
9 Best Benefits of Coffee
- Nutritional content: In the United States (and other countries that eat similarly to the Standard American Diet), coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants that we consume. Far more than caffeine, there is so much good stuff in coffee that some of it hasn’t even been classified yet. A single cup of coffee also contains a couple of milligrams of fiber.
- Protect your heart: While those who already have certain forms of heart disease need to monitor caffeine consumption, a study from Korea found that 3-5 cups of coffee per day could help prevent heart disease from forming in the first place. Their results were “similar in subgroups defined by age, sex, smoking status, alcohol consumption, status of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and [high cholesterol].”
- Muscle pain relief: A study published in the Journal of Pain found that people who exercise heavily benefit from coffee consumption following their workout. Researchers discovered that 16 ounces of coffee following a strenuous workout reduced muscle pain by 48% in their participants.
- Prevent type 2 diabetes: A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that each cup of coffee consumed by participants lowered diabetes risk by 9% – even decaf provided a 6% drop in risk.
- Help manage depression: Researchers with Harvard’s School of Public Health found that regular coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of depression than those who don’t drink coffee. They also have a reduced risk of suicide according to a separate study of 86,000 nurses.
- Shield your brain: Multiple studies have linked caffeine consumption with a significantly lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. One study even determined that coffee lowered risk for those with family history of the diseases. Another study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that coffee drinkers have fewer signs of neural inflammation that may lead to multiple sclerosis.
- Guard your colon: While many point to the acidity in coffee to explain why it’s bad for you, research from the University of Southern California states that the benefits of coffee for your colon may be worth the risk. In a study of over 9,000 men and women, USC found that coffee consumption lowered colorectal cancer risk by as much as 26% over your lifetime. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths of men.
- Keep DNA strong: The European Journal of Nutrition published findings from a German study that found coffee drinkers maintain DNA integrity with less strand breakage.
- Preserve longevity: This is a big one (so I saved it for last). Several studies here, here, and here have linked the benefits of coffee to a lower risk of premature death. There are many studies that have talked about this and proven it again and again. Even the USDA changed their recommendations! “Currently, strong evidence shows that consumption of coffee within the moderate range (3 to 5 cups per day) is not associated with increased long-term health risks. In fact, consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults.”
Basically, coffee is wondrous. The health benefits of coffee are well-documented and reliable because they’ve been duplicated time after time in the last decade.Health benefits of coffee are well-documented and reliable, they’ve been duplicated several times in the last decade.Click To Tweet
One thing to note: getting your caffeine from coffee (or tea) is not the same as getting it from high-dose caffeine energy drinks.
The USDA had this to say about the new trend, “The marketing and availability of high-caffeine beverages and products is on the rise. Data suggest adverse health outcomes, such as caffeine toxicity and cardiovascular events. Limited or no consumption of high caffeine drinks is advised for children and adolescents. Energy drinks with high levels of caffeine and alcoholic beverages should not be consumed together, either mixed together or consumed at the same sitting.”
Avoid that garbage and go old-school caffeine with coffee. The scent and flavor are amazing but once you add in the incredible health benefits of coffee – that’s when things get interesting.
Kris Gunnars, B. (2017). Science Confirms: The More Coffee You Drink, The Longer You Will Live. Authority Nutrition.
11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day. (2017). HuffPost.
Maridakis, V., O’Connor, P., Dudley, G., & McCully, K. (2017). Caffeine Attenuates Delayed-Onset Muscle Pain and Force Loss Following Eccentric Exercise.
New study links coffee consumption to decreased risk of colorectal cancer. (2017). EurekAlert!.
Choi, Y., Chang, Y., Ryu, S., Cho, J., Rampal, S., & Zhang, Y. et al. (2017). Coffee consumption and coronary artery calcium in young and middle-aged asymptomatic adults.
Bakuradze T, e. (2017). Consumption of a dark roast coffee decreases the level of spontaneous DNA strand breaks: a randomized controlled trial. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.