About 80 percent of Americans drink an average of three cups of coffee every day. We’ve all heard the rumors that coffee is bad for you, but in reality coffee provides many health benefits from helping you sleep to preventing illness. In moderation, coffee is actually one of the healthiest beverages in the world! At Jackie’s Java, we are all about staying healthy. Especially if that includes coffee!
Coffee has loads of antioxidants that fight and protect the body against diseases like cancer and diabetes as well as other diseases and illnesses. The antioxidants in coffee has also been found to aid in weight loss and protect retinas and the eyes. Coffee has more antioxidants than tea and even some fruits and vegetables!
According to Authority Nutrition, caffeine is in almost all weight loss supplements. Several studies have shown that caffeine can increase your metabolic rate anywhere from 3-11 percent. And other studies have shown that caffeine can specifically aid in the burning of fat, as much as a 10 percent increase in obese people and 29 percent increase in leaner people. These effects may decrease in long-term coffee drinkers.
Coffee has benefits for athletes or people who are active. Coffee used to be thought of as dehydrating, but new studies show that coffee and other caffeinated drinks can contribute to replacing fluids lost in exercise. According to Active.com, caffeine helps athletes train harder and longer by stimulating the brain and helping people think clearer and concentrate. These effects are stronger for endurance athletes or events (longer than 20 minutes) and for people who don’t drink coffee regularly so they aren’t immune to the stimulating effects.
In the past, some scientists have said that drinking coffee causes high blood pressure which can lead to very serious conditions like heart attack or stroke. According to an article from the Daily Mail, a U.S. study of 170,000 people for over 33 years showed that people who are frequent coffee drinkers are no worse off than people who don’t drink coffee. One researcher did say that coffee drinkers shouldn’t drink too much coffee (so much that they can’t sleep) because then it becomes a problem, but a few cups a day isn’t bad.
Coffee takes about 20 minutes to have a stimulating effect on the body, so taking a 15-20 minute nap after drinking a cup of coffee will make you feel more awake when you actually wake up. Check out this animated video to better explain the science behind coffee naps.
Coffee has a lot of mind stimulating effects, which is a main reason why many people drink it first thing in the morning. Coffee has been shown to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and help preserve cognitive function by releasing dopamine into the brain. It also prevents Alzheimer’s disease and forms of dementia.
When caffeine is applied to skin, it reverses the damage done by UV rays from the sun and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Scientists from the University of Washington and Rutgers University discovered that caffeine can actually stop the damage being done to skin cells after you’ve been exposed to UV rays.
Studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop liver and colorectal cancers, which are the third and fourth leading causes of cancer deaths in the world respectively. A study of just under 500,000 people showed that drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day lowered a person’s chance of getting colorectal cancer by 15 percent.
A Harvard study of 20,000 nurses and doctors over 30 years showed that drinking one cup of coffee per day reduced the risk of death by 6 percent, with people drinking three cups of coffee per day reducing their risk of death by 8 percent. Three to five cups seemed to be the ideal number, with those coffee drinkers reducing their risk of death by 15 percent. Specifically, the study showed that coffee drinkers were less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, suicide and neurological diseases.