It’s the nectar of the Gods each morning when the sun comes up.
It gets us moving in ways we can’t ourselves. And the taste! Oh, the delicious, dark roasted taste… Coffee.
People all over the world love coffee to a fault. Since we drink so much of it, it’s fair to ask, is coffee good for your health?
The answer is “YES”.
Now that you have breathed a huge sigh of relief realizing this isn’t going to be another article telling you what’s bad for you, but rather, why coffee is good for your health, read on for your next response when someone who harps on your true liquid love.
Coffee can make you smarter
There is a stimulant in coffee that not only keeps you awake but can increase neuronal firing in the
brain. Caffeine’s primary responsibility is to block something called Adenosine in our brain. When the
Adenosine is blocked, caffeine goes on to help release the feel-good chemicals in our brain like Dopamine and Norepinephrine.
Therefore, when we drink coffee, we feel more alert, our reaction time is better, we seem happier. It’s
because an inhibiting neurotransmitter has been blocked and with our brain being happier, it is more
Lose the guilt next time you’re riding a coffee high and just consider it a mind workout.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
What’s that you say? How can coffee help in Type 2 Diabetes prevention? Yes, studies have shown
coffee to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
It was in 2005 that Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD and his team reviewed nine studies linking the correlation, if
any between type 2 diabetes and coffee. There were over 193,000 people who admitted to drinking up to
4-7 cups of coffee a day.
The heavy coffee drinkers (6-7 cups a day)showed themselves to be 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes,
whereas those who drank a bit less (4-6 cups) were at 28% lower risk.
These finding were all encompassing regardless of sex, weight or geographical location.
The most recent study was done in Australia where researchers studies nearly 458,000 people over 18
separate studies. The results were shocking, realising a 7% drop in the odds of having type 2 diabetes with
each extra cup of coffee a day.
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and this is what Hu and his team suspect to be the catalyst for lowering
risk. It also contains magnesium and chromium which help keep the body use insulin, keeping blood sugar
Heart Disease and Stroke
How is it possible that coffee can help prevent heart disease and stroke? Isn’t it a stimulant, which is bad
for our hearts?
As mentioned in the last point, coffee is shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and this in turn
lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, right off the bat!
Coffee has also been linked to lowered risk for rhythm disturbances, in both men and women and lowering stroke risk for women.
A study was conducted in 2009 with the control group being 83,700 nurses.
These reported a 20% lower risk of stroke in those who drank 2 or more cups of coffee a day compared to the women who didn’t drink any coffee, or very little.
130,000 Kaiser Permanente health plan members were studied and those who said they drank 1-3 cups
of coffee a day were less likely to end up in hospital with abnormal heart rhythms than those who didn’t
drink coffee, regardless if these participants had other risk factors.
One of the most feared words in the English language, cancer.
We all know someone who has had it, or is surviving with it right now. Hu’s research didn’t stop at type 2 diabetes.
He went further to show how coffee can help prevent cancer.
The data about how coffee affects all different kinds of cancer is inconclusive but the data for liver
cancer is very consistent.
“All of the studies have shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver
cirrhosis and liver cancer,” Hu says. But he has no way of explaining why this is so. The research only shows
a simple association, no cause and effect, but this stands true for most studies answering the question, “Is
coffee good for your health?”
Again, this research shows a possible association, but like most studies on coffee and health, does not show
cause and effect.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most neurodegenerative diseases that humans must face. It is also very
Studies have shown coffee drinker’s 60% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most neurodegenerative disease because the dopamine-generating
neurons are killed in the brain.
By drinking coffee, studies have shown the risk to be lowered by a whopping
Just these numbers alone better your chances of avoiding the most common neurodegenerative disorders
our society is afflicted with, just by drinking coffee regularly.
Coffee is loaded with nutrients
When you grab a cup of Joe, you aren’t saying yes to bitter, black water.
There is so much more than meets the eye and it’s a good idea to ‘hava java’ in your hand each day.
Despite roasting and the whole process in making coffee and what the beans go through, a large number of
vitamins and minerals make their way into your cup.
A cup of coffee contains:
- 6% RDA of Vitamin B5
- 11% RDA of Vitamin B12
- 2% RDA of B3 and B1
- 3% RDA for Potassium and Manganese
These numbers may seem minute but if you drink a lot of coffee, they add up.
The massive amounts of antioxidants and high consumption rate make coffee the biggest source of antioxidants in our modern-day diet.
Now that we have answered the question, “Is coffee good for your health?” with some facts that clearly
show that it is, this isn’t to say you should lose balance and start fiending on coffee.
The way to derive the most benefits from anything we do in life is taking things in “moderation, not
Just like anything else, too much of a good thing can be too much.
Otherwise, sit back and revel in the goodness of the cup of coffee in front of you.