Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, with billions of cups consumed daily, and it’s been that way for centuries. People use it as a way to wake up and stay alert or simply as an indulgence. For people like me, it’s all of the above and a hobby, too. Of course, everyone wants to make their vices sound healthy, but I’m lucky that—in the case of coffee—it’s actually true. Here are a few reasons that coffee should be your beverage of choice.
Coffee has essential nutrients
A single cup of coffee contains Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Manganese, Potassium, and Magnesium. Although the nutrients and vitamins aren’t present at huge levels, most people drink more than one cup, so they add up.
Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
About 300 million people worldwide have diabetes. Drinking multiple cups of coffee regularly can help decrease your risk by as much as 30-40%. It is believed that the antioxidants, along with the nutrients, found in coffee may account for these lower rates.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
It seems counterintuitive, but although coffee temporarily increases blood pressure, drinking approximately two cups a day can help prevent heart problems. Caffeine can also help prevent arrhythmia and reduce risk of stroke.
Coffee Lowers Risk of Some Types of Cancer
Coffee was once suspected of being a carcinogen, but studies have shown that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, coffee may actually reduce the risk of skin cancer, liver cancer, and prostate cancer by about 40%. Other cancers that may occur less frequently in coffee drinkers include oral, uterine, colon, and rectal cancer.
Protection From Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Devastatingly, Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and the disease can wreak havoc on the person with the condition and their loved ones. Eating healthy and exercising are goof methods of prevention, and drinking coffee may help, too.
As you can see, coffee is very healthy. In addition to all the benefits outlined above, studies conducted by reputable organizations like the AARP and National Cancer Institute have shown that coffee consumption may decrease the risk of premature death. Two large studies demonstrated that drinking coffee was associated with a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women, over two decades—quite a significant drop.
Drink up! It may be good for you!