As far as beverages go, coffee is one of the few that has been damned to the depths of hell by an endless list of medical experts. Despite such a bad set of credentials, coffee is one beverage that is actually good for the human body. Here are some of the benefits of drinking coffee, and the reasons why a cup or two is not bad for you. It is also good to know that the excessive consumption of anything can be dangerous, and coffee is not an exception. Remember to take it in moderation.
- It boosts the memory
Long-term and short-term memory are scientifically proven to be altered positively by the intake of caffeinated drinks. According to a study that was presented to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the consumption of around three cups of coffee a day was found to improve an individual’s memory while at the same time reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Protects your body
One of the major components of caffeine is antioxidants. These are beneficial to the body since they fight against the damage inflicted to the body by free radicals, essentially protecting it from itself.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
A reduced risk of diabetes is one of the benefits of drinking coffee. This is because caffeine increases the body’s tolerance to glucose while reducing its sensitivity to insulin. This prevents the early onset of Type II diabetes.
- It helps to prevent depression, lowering the risk of suicide
Taking coffee has been attributed to a reduced risk of suicide and chronic depression. It stimulates the nervous system, boosting the production of elements like dopamine in the blood, elevating an individual’s overall mood.
- Reduces the risk of stoke
A reasonable intake of coffee has been found to reduce the risk of having a stroke.
- Speeds up your metabolism
Taking coffee helps to improve a person’s metabolic rate and the body is able to break down different food groups faster. Weight loss is also another benefit since the chlorogenic acid within reduces glucose absorption ensuring that it gets passed out of the system and not stored.
- Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease
A study found out that taking around three cups of coffee each day reduces the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease by at least 25%.
- Reduces the risk of cancers
Several studies have found a direct link between drinking coffee and the reduced risk of cancer. Men lower their prostate cancer risks by 20%, women their endometrial cancer risks by 25% and generally, the benefits of coffee go as far as preventing the development of skin cancer by inhibiting the growth of basal cell carcinoma.
- Increases overall physical performance
Taking a cup of coffee before your workout or embarking on a physically tasking activity is advised since it helps to improve your performance by aiding the generation of the Adrenaline Hormone.
- Prevents the development of Gout
Another benefit of coffee drinking is its anti-inflammatory characteristic and the fact that it reduces the generation of uric acid, preventing gout.