GUEST POST BY GREGORY TUMLIN
Despite its reputation for side affects caused by overconsumption, coffee health benefits are numerous! There are a number of reasons to actually keep drinking your favourite caffeinated beverage, all scientifically-backed. Here are just a few of the healthy advantages of drinking coffee:
HOT TIP: The key is to drink in moderation, as well as cutting back on the additives, like white sugar, full-fat cream and milk, and powdered concoctions. Those will negative all these wonderful benefits.
1. No More DOMS
One reason to drink your coffee in the morning before your workout or after is due to this interesting fact: 1-2 cups of coffee can reduce muscle soreness by 48%. A 2007 Journal of Pain study found that caffeine delayed the onset of DOMS, effectively cancelling it out altogether. Goodbye, post-leg day pain.
2. Lowered Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
People are more at risk for Diabetes than ever. If coffee could reduce your chances of developing a metabolic syndrome, would you drink it? Of course! Research performed by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu found that the risk of Type 2 Diabetes was decreased by 9% for every cup of daily caffeinated coffee consumed.
3. Helps You Burn Fat
Caffeine is found in almost every single fat burning supplement for a reason. This natural substance is a potent substance that actually increases your basal metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories just by living your life. Several studies have found that caffeine may boost the metabolism, depending on your weight and activity level, by anywhere from 3 to 11%.
4. Longer Life (even more coffee health benefits)
Everyone wants more longevity. Research throughout the world has proven repeatedly that coffee extends your years on the planet. A type of Greek coffee that is boiled has been scientifically proven to improve endothelial functioning, keeping the heart strong. In 2008, the Annals of Internal Medicine published an article that showed how women who drink coffee have a lower risk of cancer, heart disease and other detrimental diseases.
A more recent study done in Japan in 2015 looked at 90,914 people between the years of 40-69 years and found that there was an inverse association with coffee intake and morality. In other words, the more people drank, the lower one’s risk of mortality from heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and respiratory disease.
5. Protect Teeth
So, coffee is often criticised for staining the teeth, which can be a problem if you are after pearly whites. However, researchers in Brazil looked at the positive effects of strong black coffee against bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities. They found that cavities are actually prevented when you sip on coffee without sugar and milk. Black coffee lovers, rejoice.
Everyone who struggles from depression will be happy to know that combatting this serious mental disorder can be done with every sip of coffee. There are two major studies that back up the benefits of drinking coffee and its effect on depression. The first was done by Harvard in 2011, which found that 4 or more cups of coffee a day lowered depression risk by 20%. Another looked at 208,424 people who consumed 4 or more cups. These people were 53% less likely to commit suicide, despite being depressed.
One more thing! Did you know that coffee has more antioxidants per serving than your typical glass of grape juice or serving of blueberries, oranges, and raspberries? Caffeinated coffee is surprisingly good for your health, so do not pass up a freshly brewed cup of goodness. You will be delivering astounding benefits to your body every single time, and the caffeine will help you feel more energetic and productive throughout the day.
So drink it up!
Gregory Tumlin is the founder of A Great Coffee. He is a coffee enthusiast and loves to share what he knows about his favourite drink. He is also a husband, father of two young boys and a Masters student. Whenever Gregory has spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and reading the occasional trashy romantic novel.