Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Coffee




Here at The Mindful Tech Lab, we love a good cup of coffee because it tastes great and has amazing health benefits. There has been some confusion with whether coffee is good for you. The confusion comes from poorly designed studies that don’t take into account how the coffee was roasted or the quality of the beans used. If you use bad coffee, you will get bad results, just as with any other food or beverage. When studies are done on high quality coffee that is free of mold and toxins, the results are extremely positive. There is a ton of research on coffee, and I referenced a long lists of quality studies at the end of this article if you are interested in reading in more depth on this subject ūüôā

Below lists the top 10 benefits of drinking coffee:

1. High in antioxidants 

Coffee is super concentrated with antioxidants, and antioxidants function to neutralize free radicals which cause cellular damage. Cellular damage leads to increased aging, disease and cancer, which is why we want to prevent this from happening as much as possible. Fun fact – coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the United States.



2. Metabolism boost

Coffee contains powerful thermogenic capacity, revving up your metabolism and causing you to burn more calories. A cup of coffee daily will help to kick start your metabolic rate.



3. Decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have found an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and the development of Type 2 Diabetes. This study actually found that decaf coffee also was protective against the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. We have seen a steady rise in Type 2 Diabetes over the past few years, and it is great to know that coffee can possibly help prevent individuals from developing this chronic disease.



4. Protects your liver

Studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly may decrease your chance of liver cancer as well as cirrhosis of the liver (disease of the liver). Read more here. 



5. Good for your heart

Studies have found that drinking coffee may be beneficial for your cardiovascular system, including decreased risk of heart attack and stroke.



6. Decreased risk of death

It has been found that drinking coffee regularly has been associated with decreased risk of early death. This decreased risk of death that is associated with drinking coffee may be due to the high antioxidant power of coffee and its anti-inflammatory effects on the body.



7. Decreased risk of multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease where the immune system attacks the central nervous system and disrupts the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Studies have found that coffee consumption may prevent MS possibly due to blocking inflammation that can be part of MS.



8. Decreased risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Studies have found that drinking coffee daily may help to prevent or delay the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. Read more about this here and¬†here.



9. Good for your brain

Coffee consumption has been linked to better cognitive function as well as decreased risk of dementia. This is due to the possible neuro-protective effects of coffee as well as it being anti-inflammatory and a concentrated form of antioxidants.



10. Increased fat burning

Coffee helps to increase fat burning in your body because it helps to release fatty acids from tissue so that they can be used for energy. This paired with revving up your metabolism definitely helps to keep you in shape!




References

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  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339
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About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

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