Coffee is a staple of daily life around the world — so much so that 136.5 million bags of coffee were consumed in 2011 according to the International Coffee Organization. That’s up two percent from the 2010 totals. A whopping 64 percent of U.S. adults over 18 drink coffee, in 2012, according to the National Coffee Association, up from 58 percent, in 2011. The steady rise in coffee in drinkers isn’t such a bad thing because there are numerous health benefits associated with that morning cup of coffee besides a great boost in energy.
It will help you live longer
A 2012 study of over 400,000 individuals between the ages of 50 to 71 showed that drinking coffee was associated with living a longer life. “There was a significant inverse association between coffee consumption and mortality,” the study said.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine
It may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Drinking coffee throughout adulthood may delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. “Older adults with mild memory impairment who drink moderate levels of coffee – about 3 cups a day -will not convert to Alzheimer’s disease, or at least will experience a substantial delay before converting to Alzheimer’s,” said study lead author Dr. Chuanhai Cao of the University of South Florida.
Added with sugar, it boosts brain power and attention span
Drinking coffee with sugar boosts the brain’s efficiency and helps lengthen your attention span. A 2010 study in the journal Human Psychopharmacology found that “sugar-sweetened coffee may be the best way to prepare the brain for a busy day ahead.”
Source: UK Daily Mail
It helps reduce skin cancer cells
Your daily espresso (or two) could reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma, the predominant form of skin cancer. “Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma,” said Jiali Han, a professor at the Harvard Medical School who led a study with over 110,000 participants.
In moderation, it helps reduce heart failure
A study of over 140,000 individuals in the journal Circulation Heart Failure showed that drinking one to two cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of heart failure. People who drank two cups a day were 11 percent less likely to have heart failure, but that benefit disappears once you consume that third cup, the study showed.
Source: FOX News
Women could significantly lower their risk of developing diabetes
A 2011 UCLA study showed that women who had at least four cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 56 percent. Coffee raises the levels of sex hormone-binding globulin in the bloodstream, and this SHBG is known to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, the study said.
It lowers the risk of developing colon cancer
A study of nearly 490,000 men and women showed that drinking at least four cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of developing colon cancer. “Coffee was inversely associated with colon cancer, particularly proximal tumors,” the study concluded.
It helps reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease
Because the direct cause of Parkinson’s disease is currently unknown, it’s hard to pin down exactly how coffee helps reduce the risk of developing the disease. But the Mayo Clinic wrote that “some research has shown that caffeine, which is found in coffee and tea, may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.”
Source: Mayo Clinic
It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
A 2011 study found that coffee consumption reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases including stroke and coronary heart disease. Caffeine consumption reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 38 percent in men and 22 percent in women, the study showed.
It Helps You Recover After Exercise
A 2009 study from the University of Illinois found that a cup of coffee before exercise not only energizes your body but also “kills some of the pain of athletic exertion.”