If a steaming hot morning cup of Joe has been part of your ritual for as long as you can remember, you might be reticent to embark on a health kick. A few decades ago, doctors worried that the caffeine in coffee was bad for your health, but now we know that coffee packs a powerful health kick. As long as your consumption is reasonable – fewer than three to five cups per day – and you're not pregnant – pregnant women should drink 250mg of caffeine per day or fewer – coffee can be a major boon to your health.
1. Disease prevention
Coffee has been implicated in preventing a number of chronic illnesses. Research currently points to coffee's ability to prevent or delay Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver failure, back pain, and prostate cancer.
2. A caffeinated kick
Loading up on caffeine all day everyday isn't great for your health, but small quantities of caffeine – similar to that found in a cup or two of daily coffee – can offer significant health benefits. Caffeine helps maintain your energy, enabling you to keep a level head and decent mood even when the day gets tough. Caffeine can also reduce pain. If you have a headache, coffee is a safe and natural remedy that often works more quickly than over-the-counter pain relievers.
3. Better cardiovascular health
Doctors were once concerned about the fact that the caffeine in coffee slightly elevates your heart rate and blood pressure. But now we know that the benefits far outweigh the risks. One study of more than 25,000 coffee drinkers found that moderate coffee consumption significantly reduced the risk of coronary disease. And newer research undermines earlier claims that coffee increases blood pressure. Instead, it may just increase activity level, which can slightly elevate blood pressure.
4. Preventing age-related deterioration
If you're worried about your ability to remain sharp into old age, coffee could be your new best friend. Coffee drinkers are less likely to report age-related memory loss or cognitive decline. And if you struggle to maintain energy, focus, or alertness as you age, coffee could be a much safer antidote than prescription medications.
5. Weight loss
If you want to maintain a healthy weight, coffee is a much better option than artificially sweetened sodas and juices. Of course, you'll need to keep the sugar and milk to a minimum to get the best results. Even if you like your coffee heavily sweetened, though, your daily cup of Joe could prove fruitful in your journey toward weight loss. Research suggests that caffeine can boost metabolism by five to 10 percent. And because caffeine is an appetite suppressant, your daily cup of coffee could help you resist the urge to indulge in high-calorie binge eating.
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