Indulging in a cup of coffee is usually the best part of a coffee lover's day. There’s nothing better than the aroma of fresh coffee beans being turned into pure liquid goodness. But does it help or hurt your body? We've compiled a list of the 6 top health benefits of coffee.
While coffee may be your “cheat day” treat, your afternoon pick me up, or a moment of silence before a busy day, there are actual health benefits from drinking coffee. Although this list isn't all-inclusive, these six benefits could give an extra boost to your health goals.
1. Coffee Helps Increase Your Fiber Intake
Anyone who's ever drunk coffee knows its nickname is “liquid laxative.” Coffee has a ton of soluble dietary fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water and helps prevent cholesterol from being absorbed. Fiber is essential if you want to be considered “regular.”
According to the research, you would have to drink a lot of coffee in one day to reach the recommended amount of daily fiber intake. I know you’re probably thinking, “I can drink coffee all day!”
But the problem lies in the 17 cups of coffee you’d have to drink to meet that goal, and that wouldn’t be good for your health. While coffee doesn’t offer enough fiber intake on its own, it's a great addition to other things you can include in your diet.
2. It's Connected to a Lower Risk of Suicide and Depression
Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system. And it helps boost neurotransmitters in the brain, like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. It essentially acts as a mild antidepressant. Studies have found that adults who drink 2 to 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day have half the risk of suicide and depression of those who drink decaf or no coffee at all.
3. Drinking Coffee Can Lower Your Risk of Disease
Experts have found that drinking coffee in moderation (3-5 cups per day) has been linked to having an impact on lowering the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Further exploration has also shown that drinking at least one cup of coffee per day was associated with a lower risk of dying from cancer.
4. Coffee Boost Your Energy Levels
Whether you’re waking up early in the morning, trying to stay awake during the afternoon slump at work, you put on a pot of coffee to help you stay awake. This is because coffee, of course, has caffeine—a natural stimulant. The caffeine blocks adenosine, which in turn increases the neurotransmitters in your brain that control your energy levels.
5. A Daily Cup of Coffee Can Help Fight Tooth Decay
Recent studies have shown that roasted coffee beans help fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Toothpaste commercials often remind us that coffee can stain your teeth and wear down the enamel. While this could be true, the drink has an upside that actually benefits your teeth.
To combat the adverse side effects of the acidity of coffee on your teeth, you can try drinking coffee with a meal or snack. Chewing produces saliva that neutralizes the acid in foods to protect your teeth. You could also drink a large glass of water after consuming your coffee. This will help dilute the acid and wash it from your teeth. It's also important to mention that this decay-fighting benefit only comes from coffee with no additives.
6. Drinking Coffee Has Been Shown to Increase Longevity
Who would have thought that drinking coffee every day could lead to a longer life? Researchers suggest that coffee helps extend longevity because of its multitude of health benefits, like the ones listed above. A recent study has shown that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee daily was associated with a lower risk of death regardless of age, weight, and alcohol consumption.
A Cup A Day Keeps the Doctor Away
The world has studied coffee extensively and we're still studying it today. There are probably a lot more advantages waiting to be discovered. Current research is focused on coffee's connection to weight management and enhancing athletic performance.
While these benefits are fantastic, it's still smart to drink coffee in moderation and talk to your doctor about coffee and its benefits.