The Health Benefits of Coffee

Some wonder if coffee is good for you or bad.  Well besides that it is something we all reach for in the morning to help start the day, what is that cup of coffee doing for us.

Some scientific studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.  Isn't this good news for us. Worth drinking coffee just for the thought that its reducing the possibility of serious diseases.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolism by 3%-11%.  It was found that caffeine can specifically increase fat burning.  Not a bad thing.  Caffeine breaks down body fat, making free fatty acids available as fuel.  Fits right in with a keto diet, or any diet come to think of it.

A brewed cup of coffee (a 237 ml cup) is said to have 96 milligrams of caffeine, where a properly prepared espresso (30 ml cup) is said to have 64 milligrams of caffeine. 

Given these effects, it’s unsurprising that caffeine can improve one's physical performance by 11–12%, on average.  Good for the mum running after her toddler in the morning, the young office worker working his way up impressing the boss, or the working late into the night partner on that last final touch of the million dollar presentation.

Coffee contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.  This is why its the best morning drink if you ask me.

Observational studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide and that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a 40% lower risk of certain cancers.

For people who eat a standard Western diet (which is mainly the diet they eat across the pond, but slowly working its way over) coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of their diet.  That’s because coffee is quite high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients. Some studies show that many people get more of their daily doses of antioxidants from coffee then they do from fruits and vegetables combined. 

In fact, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.

We'll drink to that.