Worldwide, our collective love for coffee has never been stronger. Even in the tea-drinker's heaven that is the United Kingdom, java has officially overtaken another beverage to become the nation's number one. And while it could have earned something of a bad rap here and there over the years, all evidence now suggests we can actually be better off using more coffee in our lives.
For quite some time, it was only assumed that caffeine and therefore coffee by extension -- weren't especially good for our health. Nevertheless, an increasing number of studies have shown conclusively that the outstanding advantages of coffee go far beyond simple enjoyment alone.
Not convinced? Here's a Fast rundown of just ten of their most amazing benefits of coffee -- all of which symbolizing the perfect excuse to pour a second cup right now?
There are good reasons to drink coffee and there are a few reasons not to. This article is for those that are looking for reasons to keep drinking it.
After all, you may have a caffeine-hater in your life. You know the type – they’re always telling you what’s bad for your health.
Here’s a list of some good reasons to drink coffee. Memorize this list – so the next time you encounter your favourite coffee-hater you can pull out one of these babies.
While you’re at it, you can add the words “from a peer-reviewed scientific journal” — that’ll really get your pet coffee-hater frothing at the mouth.
In all seriousness, here are some scientific reasons to drink coffee
Top 10 Coffee Health Benefits
Decrease muscle pain
Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007 (link)
Increase your fiber intake
A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. From the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (link).
Protection against cirrhosis of the liver
Of course, you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. link. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers. This study was published in the Hepatology Journal.
Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes
It might sound hard to believe, but a study was completed in 2012 which determined that coffee and similar beverages may positively contribute to a lower risk of developing type two diabetes. The study went by the title of"Caffeinated and Caffeine-Free Beverages and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes" and saw a study group of comparing and contrasting the effects of routine beverages with and without caffeine, on somebody's respective likelihood of developing the condition. Unsurprisingly, the team found that beverages with a high sugar content significantly increased type 2 diabetes danger. Conversely, individuals who consumed coffee and other caffeinated drinks on a regular basis (including tea) were found to be somewhat less inclined to develop the condition throughout their lifetime.
Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.
Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease
There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. From the European Journal of Neurology (link). A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease.
Reduces suicide risk and Depression
A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Study link.
Protection against Parkinson’s
People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. Just make sure you don’t get lung cancer on the way. From the Archives of Neurology (link). Even newer research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play. link. Yet another study (published here) found that caffeine combined with EHT (a compound found in coffee beans) provided protective benefits to rats that were genetically predisposed to developing Parkinson’s.
Coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease.
Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. The study. Other dietary factors should also be noted as Koreans typically have a different diet than do Westerners. A more recent study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries. A 2019 study confirmed that coffee doesn’t cause hardening of the arteries even among the study participants who drank upwards of 25 cups of coffee per day.
If you become well and really carried off with extra-strong coffee in a brief period of time, it's likely that you will feel like your heart and blood pressure are a bit out of control. Which is exactly why it was presumed for so long that coffee couldn't possibly be good for your heart. However, studies carried out in 2005 and 2011 brought about the conclusion that while a serious increase in blood pressure in hypertensive patients was noted after coffee consumption, there is no evidence to suggest that drinking coffee on a regular basis has some noteworthy or long-term consequences of a detrimental nature on heart health or blood pressure. In fact, the 2011 study brought to light evidence suggesting that regular coffee consumption might actually reduce the chance of developing heart disease substantially, when compared to people drinking coffee or no coffee in any way.
Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA.
A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage. Study abstract.
Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis.
Recent research showed that at least 4 cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of MS. It is believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.