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Health Benefits Of Coffee ( 18 Reasons To Drink Coffee )

Coffee is a drink brewed from the roasted coffee beans. It was first discovered accidentally by some Shepherds at around 9th century. At present coffee is second most widely consumed commodity of the world. There are many variants of coffee like espresso, cappuccino, latte, Mocha etc. It is one of the most widely consumed beverage with a lot of health benefits.In this article we will know about the major health benefits of coffee in details.

Health Benefits of Coffee
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Health Benefits of Coffee

Some of the major health benefits of coffee are:-

(1) Coffee Is Rich In Antioxidants

The antioxidants are very important for our health as they fight with the free radicals of our body and stabilize them, and thus protects our body from the free radical damage which can otherwise cause serious problems like cancer. Antioxidants also help in providing relief from inflammation and is helpful in getting relief from arthritis, atherosclerosis etc. Fruits and vegetables are the prime sources of antioxidants but you’ll be happy to know that Coffee is also a great source for getting a good number of antioxidants.

Scientists have identified around 1000 antioxidants in the unprocessed coffee beans, and it has also be found that hundreds of antioxidants get formed later that the roasting stage of coffee beans.  There is an antioxidant called, “ Chlorogenic acid”  which is believed to help in preventing cardiovascular diseases, and this antioxidant are found exclusively in coffee only. The number of antioxidants found in coffee is even more than those found in green tea and cocoa, which are considered as antioxidants superstars.

 

(2) Drinking Coffee Provides Relief From Stress

Both Stress and Sleep Deprivation are bad for our health.If you are suffering from stress then you will find it difficult to get proper sleep and not get getting enough sleep will make you, even more, stressful. This is just like a cyclic process which can have a very negative effect on our health.

Some researchers at the Seoul National University had examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation, and it has been found that rats who were exposed to coffee aromas were less stressful ( as analyzed by the brain proteins tied to stress) compared to those who were exposed to coffee aroma.

In other ways, this study shows that just smelling the aroma of coffee can make you less stressful and relaxed. However, it is important to remember that this study of coffee aroma relates with the stress felt as a result of sleep deprivation, and not with the stress itself.

 

(3) Drinking Coffee Lessens Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder that affects our movement. It happens when certain nerve cells responsible for the production of Dopamine ( an important chemical responsible for sending signals to the part of the brain which control movement)  starts breaking down. The actual cause of Parkinson’s is not known and this makes it more problematic. (source).

As per a report published by Ronald Postuma, MD in ScienceDaily ( in the year 2012), it was reported that drinking coffee may help the Parkinsons patients in controlling their movement. This is because caffeine present in coffee not only reduces the risk of development of Parkinson’s disease but also help those who are already suffering from Parkinson’s

 

(4) Drinking Coffee Is Good For Liver ( Especially If you Drink Alcohol )

Consumption of alcohol is bad for our liver and excessive consumption of alcohol can cause an autoimmune disease of the liver which can cause liver failure and/or give rise to liver cancer. Consumption of coffee is good for our liver and also in protecting it from the damage caused by the alcohol.

As per a 2006 study including 125,000 people over 22 years, it was found that people who drank, at least, one cup of coffee every day were 20 percent  less likely to develop liver cirrhosis.As per the lead author “ Arthur L Klatsky” of the study, it was found that more coffee a person consumes, less likely he is going to die or be hospitalized because of alcoholic Cirrhosis.  

The study also found that consumption of coffee also prevents people from developing a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. As per an another research, it was found that consumption of four or more cup of coffee or tea ( caffeine) may be beneficial in controlling the NAFLD progression.

 

(5) Drinking  Coffee Can Make You Feel Happier ( Antidepressant)

If you are suffering from any kind of depression or if stress is eating up your life then it’s time for you to start including hot coffee in your daily routine. This is because, as per a study done by the National Institute of Health,  people who consume four to five cups of coffee every day are ten percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never drunk coffee.

The exact cause of this anti-depressing property of coffee is still a subject of research but researchers believe that it is because of  the  good number of antioxidants present in coffee and also because of caffeine present in it which activates the mood-controlling neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.

 

(6) Drinking Coffee  Lowers Level Of Suicide

Life is precious and it is a gift that we all should enjoy at the fullest, but still there are many times when people decide to commit suicide and mark an end to their very own life. Every person has his own reason and problems behind the suicide but at the core of every suicidal case, there is only one thing, ‘Stress, worry or depression about something’.

As per a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, drinking four to five cups of coffee every day on a regular basis can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. This is because Drinking coffee in moderate level on a regular basis provides relief from stress and depression because of the property of coffee to activate suitable neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline.

 

(7) Drinking Coffee May Prevents Cancer

Regular consumption of coffee in moderate quantity on a regular basis may help in preventing certain types of cancer like skin cancer, prostate cancer, and endometrial cancer.

As per a study done by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school on 112,897 men and women, it was found that subjects who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop skin cancer in comparison to other subjects who have never consumed coffee.  As per an another study, men who drink coffee are less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer.

As per an another research done by Harvard School Of Public Health, women who drink four or more cups of  coffee every day are 25 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer compared to women who drank less than one cup coffee a day. Regular consumption of coffee also helps in reducing the risks of other types of cancer like breast cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer and rectal cancer.

This Cancer preventing property of coffee is because of anticarcinogenic properties of antioxidants like polyphenols and phytochemicals present in it, which reduces the inflammation.

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(8) Drinking Coffee Provides Instant Energy and Increase Endurance Of Body

Fitness experts recommend avoiding caffeine pre and post work out because of the dehydrating nature of caffeine. However, it is important to note that moderate consumption of coffee (up to 5 cups of coffee a day )  is good and can help fight fatigue and increase the endurance of our body.

This benefit of coffee is because of the caffeine present in it which increases the number of fatty acids present in the bloodstream, and allows muscles to absorb and burn those fats for the energy, and thus saves body’s small reserve of carbohydrate for the later use.

 

(9) Drinking Coffee  Reduces Risk Of Type-2 Diabetes

As per a study done by the American Chemical Society, regular consumption of coffee in moderate quantity helps in reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes by around 50 percent. The same study also suggests that every additional cup of coffee further reduces the risk of Type-2 diabetes by 7 percent. There are various reasons because of which consumption of coffee helps in reducing the risk of Type-2 diabetes. These are –

(a ) Coffee protects insulin-producing cells and enables effective regulation of blood sugar.

(b) Coffee helps in fighting inflammation which is a major risk factor for type-2 diabetes.

(c) The caffeic acid present in coffee helps in significantly reducing the toxic accumulation of abnormal protein in people with type-2 diabetes, and thus benefits them.  

It is important to note that some evidence shows that drinking coffee can reduce the sensitivity of muscle cells to the insulin effect which damage the metabolism of our body and increase blood sugar level. Therefore, it is important to consume coffee in moderate quantity and not in extremes ( even if every cup of coffee reduce Type-2 diabetes risk by 7 percent ).

 

 

(10) Drinking Coffee May Delay The Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease and Reduces Its Risk

As per a study done by the researchers of University of South Florida and the University of Miami, it was found that people above 65 years of age who drank coffee and had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease four to five years later compared to those who had low level of caffeine in their system.

As per Dr. Chuanhai Cao,  consumption of coffee in moderate quantity on a regular basis reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s diseases or delay its onset. However, it is important to note that it drinking coffee doesn’t completely protect the person from the Alzheimer’s disease.  Moderate consumption of coffee is also affecting against dementia.

As per a Finnish study, it was found that people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day at midlife were 65 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at the later stage of life.  

The reason coffee helps in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia is because of the property of caffeine present in it which prevents the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque which contributes to onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Other than this, drinking coffee also reduces the risk of development of Type-2 diabetes which is a major risk factor for the development of dementia.

 

(11) Drinking Coffee Is Good For Intelligence

Have an important project to complete but you can’t concentrate because you are feeling sleepy? Just drink a cup of hot coffee and you will notice that your sleep is gone. Not only this, but you will also notice that you are feeling more energetic, efficient and sharper.

This is because drinking coffee not only throws sleep at bay but also affects other parts of our brain in a positive way and improves our reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning and other complex functions associated with the intelligence.

 

(12)  Drinking Coffee May Provide Short Term Memory Boost

As per an Austrian research done on a group of small volunteers, it was found that volunteers who had received a dose of 100 milligrams of caffeine ( equivalent to caffeine present in a cup of coffee) showed a certain upward movement in their brain activity while completing a memory task.

The research also found a significant improvement in the memory skills and reaction time of volunteers who drank coffee  in comparison to the other group who had not received a caffeinated drink.  This short term memory boosting power of coffee is because of the ability of caffeine present to affect the particular areas of the brain that are associated with concentration and memory.

 

(13) Drinking Coffee Is Good For Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Regular consumption of coffee in  moderate quantity is good for the heart and also helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.  As per  a Dutch study involving analysis of data from more than 37,000 people over a period of 13 years, it was found that people who drank coffee every day in  moderate quantity were 20 percent less likely to develop a heart disease  in comparison to light coffee drinkers and nondrinkers.

As per an another study conducted in Japan, involving more than 76000 participants, it was found that men who drink one or two cups of coffee every day were 38 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease in comparison to those who had never drunk coffee. This heart benefit of coffee is because of the ability of coffee to prevent the arteries from getting damaged by the inflammation.

 

(14) Drinking  Coffee  May Guard Against Gout

Regular consumption of coffee in moderate quantity helps in reducing the risk of development of gouts because of antioxidant present in coffee which decreases the insulin level and, in turn, reduces the concentration of uric acid responsible for the formation of gouts.

As per a study conducted by researchers in the Nurses’ Health Study, involving analysis of health habits of 90,000 female nurses over a period of 26 years, it was found that there is a positive relation between long-term coffee consumption and the decreased risk of gouts.

In the study, it was found that women who drank more than four cups of regular coffee per day were 57 percent less likely to develop gouts, women who drank one to three cup of coffee per day  were 27 percent less likely to develop gouts and who women who drank a cup of coffee every day are at 23 percent reduced risk of development of gouts, in comparison to the rest of the women who didn’t drink coffee.

Similarly, an another study published in the Journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, it was found that men who drank four to five cups of coffee every day were 40 percent less likely to develop gouts and those who drank six or more cups of coffee every day were at 60 percent reduced risk of development of gouts.

 

(15) Drinking Coffee Reduces The Risk of Death

Regular consumption of coffee in moderate quantity helps in reducing stress and depression, and this benefit of coffee is also linked with reducing the number of suicides as stress is one of the main factors behind the suicide. As per a study conducted by National Institute of Health- AARP Diet and Healthy, involving 400,000 people it was found that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of death.

It was found ( from the data record of 1995 to 2008) that male participants who drank just one cup of coffee were at 6 percent reduced risk of death, and drinking either two to three cups of coffee or six or more cups of coffee reduced the risk of death by 10 percent.  It is interesting to note that drinking four to five cups of coffee is more effective in reducing the risk of death as it reduces the risk of death by as much as 12 percent.

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(16) Drinking Coffee May Help In Reducing Pain

Our daily routine can make us feel tired, exhausted and can sometimes even pain, but drinking a cup of coffee can provide relief from pain and exhaustion almost immediately because of the rejuvenating property of coffee.

As per a Norwegian research conducted on 48 people performing office work, it was found that people who consumed coffee had a pain intensity level of 41. On the other hand, people who didn’t drink coffee had a pain intensity of 55, which shows how  coffee is effective in providing relief from pain.

 

(17) Drinking Green Coffee Helps In Weight Loss

The caffeine present in coffee can increase the metabolic rate of our body, encouraging body to burn body  fat and thus reduce weight. However, when we drink coffee, we drink it in the form of beverage with sugar added to it. Because of this, our regular coffee doesn’t help much in weight loss. But, if you want to lose weight using coffee then using green coffee extract can do the magic and help you in weight loss.

As per a 22-week study  conducted on 16 overweight adults, it was found that participants who had taken green tea coffee extract bean showed significant weight loss and 37.5 percent of them had transitioned back to their normal weight from their pre-obesity weight.

 

(18) Drinking Coffee Improves Blood Circulation

Regular consumption of coffee in moderate quantity helps in improving the circulation of blood in our body. As per a Japanese study, it was found that just drinking five ounces of coffee can cause a 30 percent boost in capillary blood flow. This improved blood circulation helps our body tissues to get more oxygen and improve their performance.

 

These were some of the major health benefits of drinking coffee. The main reason behind all these benefits of coffee is because of the nutrients present in the coffee beans. Along with the health benefits, coffee provides us with a lot of beauty benefits for hair and skin. Although there are a lot of health and beauty benefits of coffee, but still it is important to not to drink coffee in excess as there are some side effects of drinking too much coffee.

 

Nutritional Chart of Coffee

Nutrition Chart of Coffee
Source- USDA

If you are a coffee drinker then be proud of it and continue enjoying your cup of coffee but make sure that you drink it in moderation, and if you are not a coffee drinker then what are you waiting for? Enjoy drinking coffee to get all these health benefits of coffee.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/tc/parkinsons-disease-topic-overview

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/coffee-health-benefits_n_4102133.html?ir=India

http://www.onemedical.com/blog/newsworthy/10-healthy-reasons-to-drink-coffee-2/

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/6-surprising-health-benefits-of-coffee

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-surprising-health-benefits-coffee.html

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

 

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.

Comments (4)

  • Wow Bharat! This is an amazing compilation of health benefits of coffee. As a coffee lover myself, I am so excited to read about all the amazing health benefits. Not only does it give me a perky boost in the morning, but it’s also protecting me from other serious diseases. RIGHT ON! Thanks for this incredibly informative article. 🙂

    • Thanks Nicole for appreciating the article. Coffee is amazing but its amazingness stays as long as we are consuming it in moderation as too much of coffee can have a negative effect on our health.

  • OMG I never knew a cup of coffee everyday can be that beneficial! I’m not a coffee person and I have coffee once in a blue moon. After reading this post I’m thinking of ditching my tea for a cup coffee 😉

    • Thank you Fatima for your comment. Both tea and coffee are good for health as long as we consume them in moderation. I too prefer tea because of it’s taste but during winter season, I sometimes take coffee. It’s just about what works best for us and what suits us.

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