4 Reasons Why You Need To Drink More Coffee

July 7, 2017

In the past decade, our understanding of the health effects of coffee has grown tremendously. Thankfully, almost everything we have learned points to coffee being a powerful tool to boost your health! Here are four of the most noteworthy benefits of one of your favorite drinks.

1. Coffee has been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

In recent years, studies have shown a link between coffee consumption and a reduction in the brain inflammation that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee has even been shown to slow the degradation process in adults who already experience mild dementia.

While these effects are surely amazing, there isn’t a directly proportional effect between coffee consumed and brain health. Studies suggest that the best effect is achieved when adults consume small amounts of caffeine, such as 1 or 2 cups of coffee, regularly. This is the best way to benefit from the neuroprotective effects of caffeine.

2. Coffee helps to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as Adult Onset Diabetes, affects millions of Americans every year. In fact, 1 in every 3 adults has prediabetes. Studies have shown a correlation between coffee consumption and a reduced risk for diabetes.

Interestingly, unlike most of the other health benefits of coffee, reduced risk for diabetes does not appear to be linked to the caffeine content of coffee. In fact, adults who drank decaf seemed to have a similar reduction in risk compared to those who drank regular coffee.

3.   Coffee is chock full of antioxidants.

The health benefits of antioxidants have been one of the most talked-about health trends of the last decade. Usually, antioxidants are associated with a variety of fruits and vegetables. But perhaps surprisingly, for the average American, the majority of antioxidant consumption is through coffee rather than fruits and veggies. So if you are looking to add more antioxidants to your diet, an additional cup of joe in the morning might be your best bet!

4.  Coffee reduces the risk of certain cancers.

There has been a lot of research studying the effects of coffee on certain forms of cancer. The results have shown that increased coffee consumption is beneficial in preventing an array of cancers including prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women.

A recent study performed by scientists in the U.K. has found that coffee is especially powerful when it comes to liver cancer. The study concluded that the more coffee that subjects drank, the greater the reduction in risk of developing cancer. Subjects who drank five cups of coffee daily proved to carry a risk for liver cancer that was half of that for those who drank no coffee.

It may seem like a rarity nowadays that a food that most people enjoy proves to be a true boon to health. However, a large and continually growing body of research suggests that coffee may be just that. So tomorrow morning, you can feel even better after having that second cup!

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