Drinking coffee has long been presented as an unhealthy habit. However, research shows that this is unjustified. In fact, a couple of cups of coffee a day provide a host of compelling health benefits.
In this article, we will look at 4 of these benefits, as well as how much coffee is too much.
Coffee is a significant source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules that prevent cell damage, which in time can lead to the development of many different types of diseases and malfunctions.
We"ve all probably heard eating fruit and vegetables is a great way to get our antioxidants. Not only that coffee is another way, but it can also even be a better way. Research shows that coffee is a significant source of antioxidants in the Western diet.
Coffee can help you live longer.
In 2012, a massive study was published, where researchers analyzed over 400,000 people"s coffee consumption. After adjusting the results for smoking and other potential confounding variables, there was a clear connection between coffee consumption and longevity.
Those who drank the most coffee then lived longer than those who drank either less or nothing and the more they drank, the longer they lived.
More specifically, researchers found that coffee drinkers had a significantly lower risk of dying for many different reasons, such as heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, as well as infections, injuries, and accidents.
4-5 cups per day were associated with a reduction of 12% of the risk of death in men and resp. 16% of women due to the reasons above. If you drink 6 cups or more, you do not bring any further benefits. And only 1 cup per day was associated with a decrease of 5 to 6%.
This connection was noted in both plain and caffeine-free coffee, which means that caffeine does not contribute to these benefits.
We can not say that it was coffee that caused these reductions in deaths. On the other hand, it does well and complements the existing research which shows similar effects.
Coffee makes you happier and combats depression.
This would be any coffee drinker to tell you, but it"s scientifically validated.
Research at Harvard found that regular coffee consumption reduced the risk of depression in women by 20% and the risk of suicide by 53%.
Coffee improves physical performance.
Caffeine is also the world"s most famous drug, which gives us fitness assets more value than just energy.
It can improve strength, increase muscle strength and anaerobic performance and counteract weak morning performance (something experienced by many weightlifters) and last but not least to accelerate fat burning.
The mechanism that contributes to weight loss is quite simple. Caffeine speeds up the body"s metabolism by increasing the number of catecholamines in the blood. Catecholamines are chemicals that mobilize fat deposits to be burned for energy.
Given the effects of caffeine, it is therefore not surprising that coffee consumption has also been shown to improve physical performance.