Loaded with antioxidants and many more nutrients, coffee has many health benefits that could be good for you, if you consume it in moderation.
Coffee is one of the most widely popular drinks among people of all ages. At the same time, it has been blamed for causing various health disorders, ranging from heart diseases to anxiety. However, according to Mayo Clinic, newer studies have shown that coffee may have some benefits for us.
Having said that, research has shown that high consumption of unfiltered coffee such as espresso can cause a mild elevation in cholesterol levels. Also, drinking more than two cups of coffee can prove to be distressing and ailing for people who suffer from a slow metabolism rate and consume caffeine and nicotine through various other sources.
But it is noteworthy that coffee has more benefits than it has risks. "There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health," says Dr. Frank Hu, Ph.D., nutrition and epidemiology professor, at the Harvard School of Public Health. On International Coffee Day, we have curated a list of six reasons why that morning cup of coffee can be good for your health when had in moderation.
Antioxidants are responsible for fighting off diseases like arthritis, atherosclerosis and many types of cancer, they also help us in protecting the cells of our body. According to One Medical, scientists have identified at least 1000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans and hundreds of others that develop during the process of roasting them. Healthline has reported that according to studies, people consume more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined.
According to WebMD, "Coffee provides caffeine, a stimulant that keeps our brains active, and plenty of antioxidants that can help prevent many common chronic diseases, such as diabetes," says Dr. Brian Doyle, a clinical instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Some experts claim that coffee can reduce the risk of certain serious diseases like liver cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Dementia. Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are two of the most common neurodegenerative condition with no known cure to date. Studies have shown that drinking coffee is linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
"For Parkinson’s disease, the data have always been very consistent: higher consumption of coffee is associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s," Hu tells WebMD. He also adds, "All of the studies have shown that high coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. That's a very interesting finding."
Also, a 2011 study by Harvard had concluded that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a lower risk of getting clinically depressed. Another study amongst 208,424 individuals found that those who drank four or more cups per day were less likely to die by suicide, reports Healthline.
According to One Medical, caffeine activates neurotransmitters that control mood, including dopamine and serotonin, which helps you waive off depression.
According to Express, a new study has shown that the consumption of a cup of coffee can help you shed weight by stimulating Brown Fat - the fat in your body that keeps you warm by burning calories. Additionally, Healthline has reported that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%.
Caffeine is responsible for breaking down body fat and making them available as fuel. It also helps in enhancing the epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in your blood, which prepares your body for intense physical exertion, reports Healthline.
According to One Medical, caffeine enhances endurance and strengthens muscles.
So go ahead, savour your cup of coffee in the morning, knowing that it's helping you stay healthier!