Ah, nothing beats the sweet smell and taste of coffee in the morning.
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However, should we really be drinking a cup each day?
I love coffee, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, in fact, I have just poured myself a delicious cup of freshly brewed java whilst I write this. And it appears I’m not alone in declaring my love for this amazing drink.
54% of Americans drink coffee daily; in fact, coffee is the most drank beverage in the world. While some people drink coffee for energy or because they love the taste, it actually offers numerous health benefits.
When buying coffee try to always buy organic coffee, when possible. Not only are the beans better quality, but they are usually fair-trade certified and often come from family-owned farms. So without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 more reasons why it is ok to drink coffee daily.
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10 GREAT REASONS TO DRINK COFFEE
COFFEE CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES
Over 9% of Americans now have diabetes, and the number one factor behind its development is a poor diet and overall bad lifestyle choices.
Although drinking too much coffee is itself a bad lifestyle choice, drinking a couple of cups daily is not only okay, it also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.
Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health evaluated data from 128,000 healthcare professionals who were surveyed about their diet choices for more than 20 years. During those two decades, 7,300 of them were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but the ones who drank more than one cup of coffee daily had an 11% lower risk for the disease.
COFFEE CAN PREVENT CAVITIES
One main health benefit of coffee is that it decreases tooth decay. Several studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are antibacterial against the S. mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay.
Studies also show that roasted coffee prevents the absorption of such bacteria by the teeth. In the studies, various types of coffee beans were used, both roasted and unroasted, Arabia and Robusta and while all of them provided similar benefits, the roasted varieties seemed to be more active in preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
COFFEE MAY REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING ALZHEIMER’S
The cases of Alzheimer’s disease are growing at a scary rate, but there are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk and drinking coffee is one of them.
COFFEE IMPROVES YOUR MOOD
Coffee contains caffeine, a nootropic that improves your mood and cognitive functioning. In short, it makes you more alert, but it also boosts your mood.
This is especially noticeable if you’ve been drinking coffee each day for a year and suddenly stop. You might experience a downshift in your mood, and only by drinking more coffee are you able to raise your spirits.
COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOUR LIVER
Avoid alcohol and drink more coffee is the advice here. While the former can damage your liver beyond repair, the latter just wants to protect it.
COFFEE COULD PREVENT SKIN CANCER
Skin cancer is now one of the fastest-growing cancers in the world, and more and more people each year are being diagnosed with it.
There are things you can do to cut your risk, and this includes drinking more coffee. Scientists have theorized that caffeine is responsible for this, though no final conclusion has yet been reached.
COFFEE IMPROVES YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
We’re always being told that coffee is bad for our heart.
True, too much coffee is bad for your heart. If you drank 30 cups a day, as the great French writer Balzac was reported to have done, you are putting yourself at massive risk of having a heart attack. However, if you drink coffee each day in moderation, you can actually improve the health of your heart.
COFFEE STRENGTHENS YOUR DNA
You might be wondering why you’d need to strengthen your DNA. But why wouldn’t you?
DNA strands can break. To prevent this rather alarming thing from happening all too often, you could drink more coffee, as caffeine tightens DNA integrity.
COFFEE IS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defense against rogue free radicals, and coffee contains more than many fruits, including oranges and grapes.
AND, YES, COFFEE COULD HELP YOU LIVE LONGER
Okay, let’s expand on that carrot at the top of this article. We’ll let Ming Ding, M.D. explain this one:
“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”
In short, there are many good reasons to drink coffee each day.
How much coffee is ok?
As with all things in life, it about balance, if it starts interfering with your sleep, you’re drinking too much. Personally, for me, I drink 2 cups but only during the morning, and I will NEVER drink coffee after midday. I value my sleep too much to compromise on this.