Coffee is one of the world’s most consumed beverages. Especially in North America, it is everyone’s favorite drink. Some prefer while others like a coarse textured one but a good cup can set anyone in a good mood, that’s for sure.
There have been multiple studies on the effects of coffee and while more detailed effects are yet to be discovered, there are a few that make it good for your health.
If you aren’t a coffee drinker already, below are 7 good reasons for you to join team coffee :
Rich Source Of Caffeine
While there are other natural sources of caffeine like tea, soda and chocolate among others, coffee is the richest of them all. A standard cup can have 80 – 120 mg of caffeine.
Coffee is a natural source of antioxidants richer than many fruits usually consumed in America like grapes, oranges, blueberries and raspberries. Roasted coffee has more antioxidants than unroasted coffee. The antioxidants help reduce inflammation, and thus prevent heart problems.
Studies show that although coffee causes some nerve jingling and increased heart rate immediately, it can help prevent depression in a long run. A Harvard school research shows that people who drink at least 4 everyday are 20% less prone to fall prey to depression.
Better Digestive System
A good cup of coffee in bed is what it takes to make the day good. Coffee is known for its laxative effects and thus a lot of people prefer drinking coffee first thing in the morning. Both caffeinated as well as non caffeinated coffees have laxative effect and even help prevent colorectal cancer.
If you’re into gymming and workout, you might have heard your instructor advise you to drink black coffee before workout. This is because coffee enhances metabolism and help increase athletic abilities. It also helps decrease the glucose absorption in body helping in weight loss and flushing out excess sugar.
Heads Off Serious Diseases
Even though coffee does not have an image of health boosting drink, it does help prevent some pretty serious diseases like Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Gout, Breast cancer Recent studies also show that coffee may help in thwarting diseases like melanoma, liver cancer and, multiple sclerosis. 3 to 5 cups of coffee everyday also reduces the risk of heart diseases and increases chances of recovery after a heart attack.
Along with the pain of existence, coffee also helps in reducing muscle pain after an intense workout or running session. The Journal of Pain says that coffee helps reduce muscle pain upto 48%.
While there are many benefits that coffee has but add ons like milk, cream or sugar in coffee can negate those benefits or reduce them substantially. The USDA has recommended 3-4 cups of coffee per day to reduce the risk of diseases. Coffee can easily be a part of a healthy diet. However, coffee too close to bedtime may cause problems in falling asleep on time.