Top 8 Health Benefits of Coffee

Posted on November 05 2021, By: Nina Meldon

Top 8 Health Benefits of Coffee

Does every morning start with a much-needed cup of joe for you? For coffeeholics like us, nothing could keep us from our favorite beverage, but aside from the sheer pleasure of a great americano, there are myriad health benefits to drinking coffee. Caffeine was getting a bad rep for a few years, but new research has shown that coffee has more positive than adverse effects.


Play barista, grab your preferred coffee and read on to discover just what those health benefits are.


Benefit #1: Energy and Focus Levels Up


The average cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. That's enough to get you ready for the day. Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the entire world, and with good reason. People's energy levels are positively affected by caffeine, and studies have shown it to lead to a better short-term recall, good reaction times, and an improved level of alertness.


Fun fact: most healthy adults can enjoy 400 mg of caffeine daily without any adverse side effects. Go ahead, pour yourself another cup of ambition! If you're at the end of your caffeine tether, this Colombian Decaf coffee may be just what you need with its sweet and mild flavors.


Benefit #2 Improved Workouts through Coffee


You know those gym bros mixing up their favorite shake and chugging things that turn your stomach before their exercise routine? There is no need to join them because a cup of black coffee before a workout has been shown to enhance athletic performance in active adults and professional athletes. This increase in ability is because caffeine makes people more resistant to fatigue and improves endurance.


Since coffee stimulates the body to use its fat stores instead of its sugar stores, it benefits long workouts. Coffee is by your side whether you're a pro basketball star or just really want to run the NYC marathon.


Benefit #3: Caffeine and L-Theanine


Caffeine on its own is known to increase levels of anxiety in some people. That makes perfect sense since it is a stimulant, and your central nervous system can go a bit into overdrive with it. Enter the racing thoughts and increased heart rate.


We know you don't want to miss your cup of coffee just because you're feeling anxious. However, you don't need to handle those coffee jitters if they're making you uncomfortable. The solution is the amino acid l-theanine. Usually, you find l-theanine in green and black tea, but when taken as a supplement alongside coffee it:


  • allow coffee to work all its magic without the heightened blood pressure and anxiety
  • keeps post-caffeine headaches at bay
  • lowers stress hormone levels


Why not follow your morning coffee up with a cup of tea to get the health benefits of both? If you're firmly team coffee, there are some fantastic supplements to help keep you calm.


Benefit #4: Increased Libido


Did somebody turn up the heat in here? Coffee may just give your love life a spicy injection. Sex drive and libido are super complex, but coffee can significantly increase physical arousal and stamina in the bedroom. Sex isn't always an athletic activity, but some of its effects on improving workouts are also prevalent in this case.


This gives a whole new meaning to the traditional, "Would you like to come up for a cup of coffee?" at the end of a date. Pour yourself a cup of your best coffee, slip into something a little more comfortable and turn on the smooth jazz.


Benefit #5: Heart Disease and Diabetes


Good news for us coffee aficionados, drinking between 3 and 5 cups of coffee a day has been associated with:


  • lower risk of cardiovascular death
  • lower risk of type two diabetes


Combining a love of coffee with other healthy lifestyle factors such as regular exercise and nutritious food may help you live longer. Drink on up!


Benefit #6 Increases Mood


Many of us report that coffee time is our favorite time of day, but can it positively affect our mood for the rest of the day? Studies suggest that, yes, coffee can positively influence contentment and mood. This effect has been looked at in populations with heightened cases of depression where both:


  • the coffee drinking
  • the anticipation of dirking coffee


Acted as a mood booster.


Top Tip: if a friend or family member has been suffering from a low mood for a while, it may be a good idea to combine keeping them company with taking them out for a cup of coffee. That means three mood-boosting things in one: going outside, drinking coffee, and conversation with a loved one.


Benefit #7 Coffee and Cancer


The big C is one of the primary things people look for when deciding what to cut out or add to their diets. There have been some studies that suggest coffee consumption may lower the risk of certain cancers. The types of cancers affected/studied in conjunction with coffee are:


  • prostate cancer
  • endometrial cancer
  • basal cell carcinoma


However, studies into these effects are still in their early stages.


Benefit #8 Antioxidant Powers


Coffee is a powerful source of natural antioxidants. In fact, in most people's diets, it is the most significant source of antioxidants. Why is this important? Free radicals are coming at our bodies throughout our lives and can cause damage to proteins and DNA. Antioxidants are like warriors against free radicals and can protect our bodies from harm.


These antioxidants are the secret sauce that makes coffee a potent helper in anti-aging. Bye botox, ciao coffee!


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