Will a cup of joe a day keep the doctor away?
More than 50% of adults in the U.S. drink a cup of coffee every day.
But is it healthy?
The answer is: YES — mostly.
Research shows that, for the average person, coffee is incredible for health.
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and micronutrients that help protect and restore the body.
The caffeine in coffee can actually have some impressive benefits, too.
But there are people who should stay away from coffee.
If you have preexisting disorders or health issues, like anxiety, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), autoimmune disease, or insomnia, having coffee is not a good idea.
Some research shows that it may worsen these disorders.
For most other people, drinking coffee can actually improve their health.
But there is a catch...
If you fill your cup of coffee with cream, whole milk, syrup, and artificial flavorings, the cons will cancel out the pros.
The calories, sugar, and cholesterol in a venti caramel frappuccino with extra whipped cream will far outweigh the benefits of the small amount of coffee added.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your coffee with a little sweetener and milk. Instead, try using stevia and almond milk. It might just keep the doctor away.
Take a look at these eight incredible benefits coffee has to offer...
1. Promotes a healthy heart: Coffee drinkers have fewer cardiovascular issues. Coffee is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, and death due to heart-related conditions. There are certain compounds in coffee that have a cholesterol-lowering effect. This may explain why coffee is excellent for the cardiovascular system.
2. May help reduce cancer risk: Though the research is fresh, coffee is now believed to have anti-cancer effects. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, including prostate, liver, colon, oral, and melanoma.
3. Increases fat-burning: Want to lose weight? Coffee could help. Studies show that coffee is fantastic for fat-burning. After just one cup of coffee, your metabolism is boosted by an average of 7%. Of course, it’s best that you don’t add extra calories with sugar and dairy.
4. Boosts cognitive function: Coffee increases blood flow to the brain. This effect may boost cognitive function and even help prevent age-related memory disorders and other neurological conditions.
5. Enhances physical performance: We all know that exercise is excellent for your health. Coffee can boost your power and performance. Don't you want the stamina to work out harder and longer? Not feeling in the mood to work out today? Let coffee give you a little boost.
6. Reduces oxidative stress: Protecting your cells from damage and oxidative stress may be as easy as having a cup of coffee each day. Coffee is chock-full of antioxidants that help prevent disease and premature aging.
7. Protects the liver: Coffee has a protective effect on the liver. It can help increase circulation and stimulate the liver. It can also reduce your risk of developing liver disease, including cirrhosis of the liver.
8. Reduces the risk of diabetes: Forget moderation? Research shows that six or more cups of coffee a day can significantly reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. The antioxidants in coffee slow the release of glucose into the blood and help prevent insulin resistance. Each cup can lower your risk of diabetes by 7%.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ