Would you take a magic pill that makes you smarter, fights Type II diabetes, lowers weight, improves liver performance, and even reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease?
Of course you would. But it isn’t a pill that does all this — it’s coffee!
It may seem remarkable, but scientists have found that coffee has unique properties that allow it to do all of these things and more. Instead of making you tired, lazy, and vulnerable to disease, coffee stimulates your body and turns your brain into a neuron-firing organ. In short, it is generally good for your health in all kinds of ways that science never saw in the past.
With that in mind, here are 10 health benefits that you can get from drinking coffee.
It generates more norepinephrine and dopamine. Why is this good? Because it means you’ll be in a better mood, have a faster reaction time, your memory will improve, and cognitive functioning will be bolstered. In other words, coffee creates a smarter you.
It improves physical performance and helps burn fat. Yes, that’s right. Coffee can make you a better athlete and lead to weight loss. How? Because caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which raises our metabolisms and increases fatty acids’ oxidation.
It could lower your Type II diabetes risk. This disease results in high blood glucose levels caused by an inability to produce insulin or insulin resistance. Studies show that drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The risk reduction may range from 23% to 67% -- pretty darn significant even on the low end.
It could lower your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. According to studies, the risk of Alzheimer’s is reduced by up to 60%, and the risk of Parkinson’s goes down by 32 to 60%.
It’s promote liver health. Multiple studies show that the risk of getting cirrhosis of the liver is reduced by up to 80%. This is especially true for people who consume four or more cups per day. Liver cancer risk may also be reduced by up to 40%, according to reports.
Additionally, coffee has been found to:
- Reduce the risk of clogged arteries.
- Reduced the risk of erectile dysfunction.
- Reduced the risk of cancer recurrence.
- Improve the survival rates of patients with stage 3 colon cancer.
It lowers your risk of death. No, seriously. In two large epidemiological studies, drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death by all causes. This is especially true in type II diabetics but all kinds of other people showed a reduced risk as well.
Perhaps this is partially because coffee is full of antioxidants and nutrients. Just one cup of coffee contains Vitamin B5, B2, Niacin, Thiamine, Manganese, and Potassium, and it provides more antioxidants to the typical Western diet than vegetables and fruits combined.
Coffee, then, may just be the healthiest beverage on Earth. Don’t drink it late, if it affects your sleep, and don’t ingest too much, but the more we learn about coffee, the more we realize this beloved staple provides health benefits almost no one could have imagined.
So start drinking — to your health.
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