What comes to mind when you hear the word “coffee?” Perhaps you think of the aroma, your first-morning cup, or a favourite coffee shop.
If you ask me, I’d say coffee is my true best friend. Coffee has been there for me on difficult, happy, and stressful days.
And in fact, coffee is truly an emotion!
But time and again, we have been told that coffee is bad for our health as it contains a lot of caffeine. Contrary to popular belief, some studies have found that coffee is good for your heart, and drinking coffee may even reduce the risk of death!
While it might be the perfect beverage for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a quick energy boost on an especially long Monday morning, one of coffee’s greatest health benefits is its power to fight disease.
And now lets dive into some reasons and benefits for enjoying your daily cup of coffee guilt-free.
- Enhance and boost energy levels: If you feel tired, sluggish, or fatigued and need a quick boost of energy and motivation during the day, you will eventually reach for a cup of coffee. Do you know why? This is because coffee contains caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant that is known for its ability to fight fatigue and increase energy levels, and it also uplifts our mood instantly.
- It improves immunity and helps with weight loss: Coffee is rich in antioxidants that help prevent oxidative damage and prepare the body to fight against common illnesses. Some studies also claim that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system to send signals to fat cells in the body, helping break down fat faster and boosting metabolism.
- Support for brain and heart health: Coffee consumption may be linked to a lower risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Coffee also stimulates the nervous system, which propels the neurons and improves brain function. Drinking three to five cups per day was associated with a 15% reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
- A lower risk of depression: According to some studies, drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
From a medical standpoint, coffee is believed to be associated with several health benefits, but it can also cause numerous health problems when consumed in excessive amounts. It may lead to anxiety, insomnia, addiction, digestive issues, increased blood pressure, the development of breast cyst tissue, and headaches.