We’ve all seen the memes “My birth stone is a coffee bean” or another one is “I don’t need an inspirational quote. I need coffee.” Do you relate? Are you a little obsessed with your morning coffee? You know you want it, but should you drink it? Are there health reasons for drinking coffee? You might be surprised by the answer. Here are the best ten reasons to drink coffee every day.
Just make sure you don’t go over the top with your coffee drinking. Most studies that show benefits, rely on only one or two cups of coffee per day. It might be tempting to drink more for more benefits, but it’s not how it works. Stick to your caffeine in moderation and keep enjoying that coffee moment every single morning.
However, should you really be drinking a cup each day?
54% of Americans drink coffee daily.
In fact, coffee is the most drunk beverage in the world.
While some people drink coffee for energy or because they love the taste, it actually offers numerous health benefits. This is like a bonus.
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons you should drink coffee daily.
1. Coffee Can Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes
Over 9% of American’s now have diabetes, and the number one factor behind its development is a poor diet and overall bad lifestyle choices.
Although drinking too much coffee is itself a bad lifestyle choice, drinking a couple of cups daily is not only okay, it also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.
Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health evaluated data from 128,000 healthcare professionals who were surveyed about their diet choices for more than 20 years. During those two decades, 7,300 of them were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but the ones who drank more than one cup of coffee daily, had an 11% lower risk for the disease.
2. Coffee Can Prevent Cavities
One main health benefit of coffee is that it decreases tooth decay. Several studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are antibacterial against the S. mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay.
Studies also show that roasted coffee prevents the absorption of such bacteria by the teeth. In the studies, various types of coffee beans were used, both roasted and unroasted, Arabia and Robusta and while all of them provided similar benefits, the roasted varieties seemed to be more active in preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
3. Coffee May Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s
The cases of Alzheimer’s disease are growing at a scary rate, but there are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk and drinking coffee is one of them.
4. Coffee Improves Your Mood
In short, it makes you more alert, but it also boosts your mood.
This is especially noticeable if you’ve been drinking coffee each day for a year and suddenly stop.
You might experience a downshift in your mood, and only by drinking more coffee are you able to raise your spirits.
5. Coffee Is Good For Your Liver
Avoid alcohol and drink more coffee is the advice here. While the former can damage your liver beyond repair, the latter just wants to protect it.
6. Coffee Could Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is now one of the fastest growing cancers in the world, and more and more people each year are being diagnosed with it.
There are things you can do to cut your risk, and this includes drinking more coffee. Scientists have theorized that caffeine is responsible for this, though no final conclusion has yet been reached.
7. Coffee Improves Your Cardiovascular Health
True, too much coffee is bad for your heart.
If you drank 30 cups a day, as the great French writer Balzac was reported to have done, you are putting yourself at massive risk of having a heart attack.
However, if you drink coffee each day in moderation, you can actually improve the health of your heart.
It’s like most things, don’t overdo it. Stick to your coffee in moderation and you’ll be doing your body a favor. Spread the word to those of your friends that go overboard in their caffeine consumption. It’s better to benefit, not suffer.
8. Coffee Strengthens Your DNA
You might be wondering why you’d need to strengthen your DNA. But why wouldn’t you?
DNA strands can break. To prevent this rather alarming thing from happening all too often, you could drink more coffee, as caffeine tightens DNA integrity.
9. Coffee Is Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defense against rogue free radicals, and coffee contains more than many fruits, including oranges and grapes. If you’re looking for reasons to drink coffee, this is a great one.
10. And, Yes, Coffee Could Help You Live Longer
This is something every coffee drinker wants to hear. Is it true? Can coffee really help you live a longer life? We’ll let Ming Ding, M.D. explain this one:
“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”
In short, there are many good reasons to drink coffee each day.
So, instead of wondering whether you should be drinking coffee or not, just remember…drink your coffee in moderation and your body will reap the benefits. In addition to these benefits you may like to drink your coffee at a coffee shop with friends and socializing is good for your well-being. Staying connected with people in your community has been found to improve health. Why not have your coffee with a neighbor or chat to some of the locals at your closest coffee shop.
And if you don’t want to leave home, enjoy your coffee with your family. But you may not want to remind them of that other meme: “No talkie before coffee”…this may not help communication with your family. Enjoy your coffee and your company.
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