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Top 8 Benefits of Coffee

January 13, 2023 - Bhoomika Singh, Webmedy Team


Coffee is best known to contain caffeine, but did you know it also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against diseases.

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People generally consider coffee as a source of energy. Moderate consumption of coffee, about 2 to 5 cups a day, has been linked to a lower chance of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancer, Parkinson's disease, and depression.

In this article, the top 8 benefits of coffee are explored in detail.

Top 8 Benefits of Coffee

  1. Boosts Energy Levels

    Coffee is rich in the stimulant caffeine. Caffeine increases your energy level as it increases your metabolic rate and increases the release of adrenaline which is the hormone responsible for energy release in the brain. It reduces fatigue by changing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.

  2. Protects against Type 2 Diabetes

    Some studies have shown that drinking coffee may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is because of the antioxidants present in coffee, which reduce inflammation.

    However, for people who already have type 2 diabetes, coffee may have adverse effects.

  3. Controls Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

    Studies have shown that caffeine reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. It may also help people with Parkinson's disease better control their movements.

  4. Helps Heart Health

    One to two cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, keep in mind that caffeine can affect blood pressure levels. Therefore, people with uncontrolled blood pressure need to limit or moderate their caffeine intake.

  5. Protects the Liver

    Both regular or decaffeinated coffee protects your liver. According to studies, coffee drinkers are more likely to have healthy liver enzyme levels than non-drinkers.

  6. Could Increase Longevity

    According to recent studies, people who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from some of the main causes of mortality, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney problems.

  7. Protects DNA from Damage

    DNA strand breaks can lead to cancer or tumors if cells don't repair them. Coffee reduces the breakage of DNA strands. Coffee contains many bio-active components such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chlorogenic acid in coffee is an antioxidant that prevents DNA damage from free radicals.

  8. Reduces Body Fat and Promotes Healthy Weight

    The caffeine present in coffee increases the resting metabolic rate, which leads to fat loss. Coffee also suppresses appetite, which may help you lose weight. One of the most important things for effective weight loss is good sleep. Coffee in the afternoon or evening can make it difficult to fall asleep easily. So make sure you have coffee only in the morning and avoid it in the afternoon and evening.

Summary

Excessive consumption of caffeinated coffee can make you jittery and lead to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping

So how much coffee should be consumed in order to reap all the benefits and avoid negative side effects?

For most people, a maximum caffeine intake of 400 mg in a day is safe. Which is three to five cups of coffee a day.

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