5 Health Benefits of Coffee

And we’re back with another edition of The Health Benefits Of [fill-in-the-blank]. 

So far, we’ve served up blog posts on the health benefits of red wine, dark chocolate, nuts, and now, perhaps the biggest showstopper of them all: 5 Health Benefits of Coffee.  

You’re either vibrating with excitement from this announcement, the caffeine, or both. 

The point is that coffee can be good for you, and you can lose any shame about having to rely on it to get through the day. 

Here’s what we’ve brewed for you. 

1. Coffee Can Give You Higher Energy & Intelligence

Who doesn’t want to feel smarter and more alert? 

Now, it’s common knowledge that caffeine is a stimulant, but understanding the science behind feeling more energized is pretty cool. As you sip coffee, your bloodstream snatches up the caffeine and funnels it to your brain, blocking adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that causes drowsiness. The door then opens for other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine, which give you that pep in your step. 

What happens when you experience increases in memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times, and general mental function? You become more intelligent. According to Healthline, multiple controlled studies bear this out. 

2. Coffee Is Nutrient-Rich

You can get your nutrient fix from a single cup of coffee. It’s like Vitamin Bingo: coffee beans contain vitamins B2, B3, B5, potassium, and manganese. No need to feel bashful about your fifth cup of coffee of the day when you’re packing these in. 

By the way, if your eyes saw “magnesium” while reading “manganese”, you’re not alone. The former supports muscle and nerve function and energy production, while the latter plays an important role in bone formation and reducing inflammation. 

Thanks for the confusion, Periodic Table. 

3. Coffee Lowers Risk Of Diseases

Something that smells and tastes good and protects you from disease is a win-win-win. This information comes from none other than John Hopkins Medicine

Heart Failure – For starters, consuming coffee can ward off heart failure in people with hearts that have trouble pumping enough blood to the body.

Parkinson’s Disease – Nutrient-rich caffeine can lower your chances of developing Parkinson’s and ease the symptoms of those suffering from the disease. 

Colorectal Cancer – According to a Johns Hopkins Medicine study, one in 23 women develop colon cancer, but drinkers of regular or decaf coffee were 26 percent less likely to get colorectal cancer.

Cirrhosis – People who drink four or more cups of coffee a day can lower their risk of developing cirrhosis by up to 80 percent. 

4. Coffee Can Increase Your Lifespan 

Lowered risk of disease typically means you live longer. Healthline cites two comprehensive studies finding that consuming coffee was associated with a 20 percent reduced risk of death in men and a 26 percent decreased risk of death in women over 18 – 24 years. 

5. Chock Full of Antioxidants

Lest you thought our friends, the Antioxidants wouldn’t make an appearance in this blog post, you were mistaken. You can impress folks at your next coffee meeting or cocktail party (hello, Irish coffee!) by informing them that the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet is…coffee. In fact, many of us get more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables combined. 

Well, it turns out that you can have your coffee and drink it, too. If you weren’t sipping a cup while reading this, go ahead and fire up your Keurig, prepare your French press, or hit a Starbucks, Dunkin’, or wherever you enjoy your coffee. You’ve earned it. 

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