10 Health Benefits Of Drinking Coffee
If you’ve been wondering ‘are there any health benefits to drinking coffee,’ then this post has the answers for you! Keep reading to discover 10 ways your cup of joe might be helping you out.
In a world where most of our favourite treats aren’t always so good for us, could coffee be a pleasure we get to enjoy guilt-free?
Benefits of drinking coffee
1. Boosted energy levels
This is mostly down to caffeine’s blocking nature of adenosine which naturally builds up during the day, making you tired. It won’t just allow you to feel more awake in the morning, but is the reason you can complete tasks more efficiently too!
For similar reasons, it’s why you feel perkier and happier too.
3. Heightened concentration and short-term memory
It’s mostly the doing of caffeine, but regular and moderate coffee drinking can boost alertness, concentration and even short-term memory.
4. Fights against cognitive decline
More than that, drinking coffee regularly over a long period of time can result in a lowered risk of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
5. Improve physical performance
Our friend caffeine is at work here again, increasing adrenaline levels and helping your body release fatty acids resulting in increased physical performance.
6. Source of antioxidants
Coffee is known to be one of the biggest sources of antioxidants; in fact, most Westerners get more antioxidants from their daily cup of coffee than their fruit and vegetables combined.
7. It can be heart-healthy
It’s believed that those who drink one to two cups of coffee a day are at a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease in comparison to those who drink more or none at all.
8. Your liver will thank you too
Drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced number of liver enzymes in your blood levels which means a reduced risk of inflamed or damaged livers!
9. Help burn fat
Black coffee itself is not only extremely low in calories, but caffeine consumption before exercise is also believed to boost the metabolism and help aid weight loss.
10. It tastes great
This has to be the best benefit really – whilst not strictly a health benefit, being able to enjoy something we love every day is in itself great for keeping us happy.
Are there any health drawbacks?
Whilst the health benefits of drinking coffee are exciting stuff, this doesn’t mean the more the better. The perks above are attributed to regularly drinking one to two cups of black coffee (hold the sugar, syrups and milk) per day and well before sleep.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.