Coffee has gotten quite a bad rap that you probably couldn’t drink more than a cup a day without feeling like such a rebel. Yes, the accusations are ridiculous (we don’t even know at which point the rumors had gotten out of control), but according to legit studies, coffee actually does a lot of good for your body. In fact, we’re willing to bet that dressing with a salad that you had for lunch is the real evil.
So you know, besides making you function like a normal, awake person, there’s actually more awesome reasons for you to stick to your daily caffeine fix with less guilt.
Health Benefits of Coffee
- Coffee reduces the risk of a number of diseases
Clearly, coffee has been badly misunderstood. Before the more recent studies came out, coffee was blamed for heart diseases and cancers. But as it turns out, chugging down a few cups a day could lower your risk of life-threatening diseases like Alzheimer's, Dementia, liver diseases, diabetes, different types of cancer, stroke, among others. In fact, regular coffee consumption has been linked to longer life expectancy. Apparently, the more cups you drink per day, the higher the percentage of death risk is reduced. However, you have to note that according to other studies, drinking more than 6 cups a day could cancel out these benefits. So as long as you’re not downing pot after pot of coffee, there’s a great chance that you’re actually delaying your death--with pleasure!
- It increases your metabolic rate by 3-11%
Before you start ordering a caramel latte with whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top, let us stop you right there. We’re talking black coffee, without sugar or syrup. That said, caffeine does speed up metabolism. According to a study, it increases oxidative FFA disposal by 44%, releasing them into the bloodstream, which in English means it converts fat cells into energy so they don’t just turn into rolls on your thighs and love handles on your back.
- It provides a good source of antioxidants
Coffee single-handedly beats all the other foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, and even wine, when it comes to this particular category. Antioxidants are substances that help prevent or delay some types of cell damage, and you’ll find a great deal of them in your cup of joe. It’s simply the best source of antioxidants out there, so go on and get that extra dose of caffeine.
- It relieves pain
Coffee has pain relieving qualities, too. Apart from the fact that it stimulates your body for physical activities, it can also help you ease the pain that could result from them by reducing your perception of post-workout muscle pain. It also helps with common headaches. Caffeine helps reduce inflammation, which can bring relief. Plus taking your common headache remedies like ibuprofen and aspirin with coffee speeds up their effect and help keep the pain away for longer.
- It stimulates your brain
Do you always find yourself useless in the morning and you only seem to start functioning when you’ve had your cup of coffee? Well, that’s because caffeine is a natural brain stimulant. According to Harvard Health Publishing, it also blocks receptors for a chemical called adenosine, which normally prevents the release of excitatory brain chemicals. With adenosine out of the way, these brain-sparking chemicals can flow more freely—giving you a surge of energy and potentially improving mental performance and slowing age-related mental decline.