We all love drinking coffee, but did you know drinking coffee is good for your health too? And in case you are not a coffee drinker already, you may become one after knowing all the benefits that it brings to the table.
You might actually LIVE LONGER
For women, drinking at least one cup of coffee a day is associated with lowered stroke risk, which is the fourth leading cause of female deaths.
A meta-analysis found that a max of 3 cups of coffee per day helped reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 28 percent. Moreover, a research review, found that drinking coffee is linked with preventing cognitive decline, including a reduced risk of developing the Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no guarantee for the same, but it certainly doesn’t hurt anyone to try to incorporate coffee into their daily routine.
You’re practically taking care of your LIVER
For a healthy living, a healthy liver is a MUST! Our liver helps fight infections, maintain chemical levels in our body, digest food, and store energy. When our liver gets damaged, its job performance declines, putting our lives at risk. Coffee seems to have a protective effect on our liver. Research shows that people who consume coffee are more likely to have balanced liver enzyme levels.
Perfect METABOLISM BOOSTER
Drinking coffee actually raises your metabolism helping you burn fat quicker, thereby having a positive impact on weight loss. Moreover, an analysis found that caffeine intake enhanced aerobic endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, power, jumping performance, and exercise speed.
Great source of ANTIOXIDANTS
Surprising, isn’t it? We all thought antioxidants only came from those expensive berries! Coffee is a HUGE source of antioxidants.
(In case you are confused, antioxidants are basically substances that delay or prevent cell damage, they even control how fast one ages by fighting free radicals)
To put it down in simpler words, coffee makes you pretty too!
Gives an ENERGY BOOST
We all know coffee contains caffeine, but did you know that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system! When this caffeine reaches your brain it enhances the firing of the neurons and increases energy metabolism in parts of your brain. So, the next time you’re sitting for a test or interview, you know exactly what to do!
Helps fight depression
In India, very recently have we understood the importance of mental health and Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significant reduction in the quality of life of people suffering from it. It’s extremely common, as studies state that over 15% of people in India in 2020, meet the criteria for clinical depression.
In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed
Hence, it is believed that Coffee appears to lower the risk of developing depression and may dramatically reduce suicide risk.
Setting aside all the points said above, it is very important to see what one is adding to their coffee. The key to a “healthy” coffee is keeping in check what is being added to it. Adding loads of cream, chocolate sauce and sugar, surely won’t help you lose weight!
To make a healthy cup of coffee, replace sugar with natural sweeteners such as jaggery. You could even add a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa powder.
Keeping all the benefits aside, one must always remember that too much of something is never good! It’s always important to keep in check the number of cups or the amount of caffeine consumed by us on a daily basis.