Our long-time Exercise Physiologist Robbie recently blogged about the awesome benefits of tea. So I figured I will blog about some of the benefits from drinking coffee (aka “cupped lightning,” “go juice,” “brain juice” or whatever you call it!) to get that morning jolt you need to attack the day!
The National Coffee Associations states that more than 60% of Americans drink coffee every day. Below are some of the great benefits of incorporating coffee in your diet.
A recent long-term observational study performed in 2017, which involved 20,000 participants, showed a significant correlation between drinking coffee and a longer lifespan. In a couple of different studies, drinking coffee was associated with a reduced risk of death in men by 20% and a decrease of death in women by 26%.
Coffee has antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients that can help us stay healthy. For example, coffee contains a few different B vitamins along with magnesium and potassium. Coffee has also been shown to be the largest source of antioxidants for people who eat a typical Western diet. Research has shown that we get more antioxidants from coffee than we get from fruits and vegetables combined! (Not sure if that’s a good thing, but you should always eat more fruits and vegetables!)
Lowers Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke
Coffee has also been associated with lowering the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. As a whole, coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of Diabetes. Some research has shown that people who drink coffee, have a 20-50% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. In some studies, coffee has also been shown to reduce the chance of a stroke by 20%.
Reduces Risk of Cancer
Coffee may help protect you against liver and colorectal cancer. Some research has shown that coffee drinkers have a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. Other research has shown that participants who drank four to five cups of coffee per day, had a 15% lower risk of colon cancer.
Coffee has been shown to have many other health benefits. If you’re interested in knowing more about the other benefits of this awesome beverage, keep an eye out for part two of this blog in coming weeks!
– Guy C., Fitness Director and Martial Arts School Director at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex