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Coffee lovers have long touted the benefits of their morning pick-me-up. The National Institutes of Health estimates that moderate coffee consumption may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers by 30 per cent or more, while those who consume five or more cups daily have less than half the risk compared to non-drinkers. It seems like a lot, but it’s worth noting that other research suggests that drinking four cups a day can improve your health in another way: protecting against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. So is there any truth to all this? Let’s find out!
1. Coffee reduces the risk of chronic disease
Coffee can help you reduce the risk of chronic disease. Studies have shown that drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Coffee contains antioxidants (compounds that protect your body from damage) called polyphenols, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Another study found that people who drank more coffee had less inflammation in their bodies than those who didn’t drink much or any at all.
2. It improves energy levels and make you smarter
Caffeine is an essential nutrient that has been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved energy levels and mental clarity. It can also reduce stress and anxiety, improve athletic performance, enhance memory—and even reduce pain!
Caffeine is found in many foods including coffee beans (which are usually roasted), tea leaves and cocoa powder. It’s added to soft drinks as well as other beverages like energy drinks or sports supplements like Red Bull® or Monster™ Energy® SuperDrink® (a popular brand).
3. Burn fat
Caffeine can boost your metabolism, and that’s a good thing. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that caffeine increased the amount of fat burned by people who exercised regularly.
When it comes to calories burned, how much you weigh has an effect on how many calories you burn each day. If you’re less than 150 pounds (68 kg), then consuming 100 mg of caffeine raises your metabolic rate—the number of calories burned per minute—by 25 per cent for one hour after consumption. However, if you’re over 150 pounds (68 kg) then consuming 200 mg won’t increase your metabolic rate by as much because there’s more body mass involved with larger amounts of muscle mass or fat tissue content in relation to lean muscle tissue content within those same individuals’ bodies.”
4. Lower your risk of cancer
- Lower your risk of liver cancer.
- Lower your risk of prostate cancer.
- Lower your risk of breast cancer.
- Caffeine can help you stay focused on tasks at hand, which is great for those who work in jobs that require a lot of multitasking or require mental focus like doctors and lawyers.
5. Coffee can be healthy and help you live longer
Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and other diseases by fighting free radicals that damage cells. Antioxidants also help lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels in the body, improve memory function and slow down ageing processes.
To make your coffee more nutritious:
- Use cold-brewed coffee instead of hot-brewed (or decaf). This will preserve some of its antioxidants while reducing bitterness caused by higher acidity levels.
- Add milk or yoghurt to your black brew for extra protein during breakfast time—or try adding chocolate syrup!
The research is clear: coffee is good for you, and it can even help you live longer. In fact, many studies have shown that people who drink coffee are less likely to die from cancer and cardiovascular disease than people who don’t drink coffee. So next time you reach for a cup of joe, remember all the ways it will keep your body healthy!