A cuppa joe, java, the elixir of life, the black magic, your caffeinated companion...coffee! Over 50% of American adults drink coffee every single day (honestly I thought it would be more), and worldwide, it's many a nation's most consumed beverage after water. Which begets the question, can something so good, be good for you? I have great news my friends, because the answer is: yes!
Raise Your Mug
In fact, a study in 2017 found drinking two to four cups of coffee translated into an 18 percent lower risk of death during the study period compared to non-coffee drinkers. Drinking more coffee appeared to lower the chances of dying from cancer, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or chronic lower respiratory disease. Awesome, right?
Along with that, researcher Miriam Nelson, a professor in the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, stated: “We looked at all the science … we have found no negative, adverse effects on health when you drink up to three to five cups a day. In fact, there is a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and a couple of cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.”
Coffee beans are a high-antioxidant food and greatly help reduce inflammation (the root of most diseases), they can also
Improve hearth health and prevent cardiovascular disease
Help preserve brain function and cognitive decline
Can help prevent diabetes
Increase physical performance and endurance
Help protect your liver health
The Sweet Spot
Moderation is key here, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much coffee you can safely drink to stay within the realm of coffee's health benefits. So, how much coffee should you be drinking? A "moderate amount" for healthy adults maxes out at 500 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is around 5 cups of home-brewed regular coffee (woah). Most health experts however recommend drinking between one and two cups per day to steer clear of the negative side effects like headaches, depressed mood and sleep problems.
Maybe It's Not For You
Like all things in life and health however, coffee isn't a one size fits all product. While I become more alert, focused and energized after a cup of coffee, others may experience anxiety and jitters. In this case, don't force coffee on yourself. There are plenty of other ways to get the antioxidants your body needs, here are some great options.
Read Also: Antioxidants: What They Are, Why You Need Them, And Where To Find Them
There you have it, coffee gets the official thumbs up from the health world. Be mindful of your portions and look out for sweeteners and creamers loaded with sugar and preservatives that will dilute all the good work your coffee is trying to accomplish. Cheers!