Drinking Coffee Actually Does Have Health Benefits, According To Science

Numerous studies have found positive health benefits to regular coffee consumption, if done in moderation and without adding a lot of cream and sugar. Specifically, coffee has the following health benefits:

  1. Huge source of antioxidants
    Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. according to researchers at the University of Scranton. Antioxidants are important in fighting inflammation, which is linked to arthritis, many types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, etc.
  2. May protect against Type 2 diabetes

    A number of studies have found that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. One study suggests that the risk of diabetes drops by 7% for each daily cup of coffee.

  3. May help protect against cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, and dementia One Finnish study found that drinking coffee was associated with a 65% decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  4. May lower risk of Parkinson’s

    Various studies have concluded that consuming coffee (and specifically, caffeine) are associated with lower incidences of Parkinson’s disease.

  5. May lower risk of heart disease

    A Dutch study found that moderate coffee drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease vs. non-drinkers, heavy drinkers, or light drinkers.

  6. May protect your liver

    Coffee consumption has been linked with decreased risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

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  7. Contains essential nutrients

    Including riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin (B3).

  8. May lower risk of depression

    Multiple studies have linked coffee consumption with lower rates of depression.

  9. May lower risk of gout

    Independent studies suggest that drinking coffee reduces the risk of developing gout.

  10. Short-term boost in memory, mood, and general cognitive function

    In various studies, caffeine has been shown to provide short-term boosts in memory and cognition.

  11. Can increase fat burning and physical performance

    Caffeine has been shown to increase metabolic rate and adrenaline levels.

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