Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.
Americans are the world's largest consumers of coffee. About 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the United States. The number is up from 78 percent from years ago, according to the National Coffee Association. That means on average each person drinks about three cups a day. That averages to be 586 million cups for the entire country in just one day.
Other than regular coffee consumed at home, about 30 million American adults drink specialty coffee beverages from places like Starbucks. That includes mocha, latte, espresso, café mocha, cappuccino, and iced coffee.
Even though many people drink coffee regularly, they might not know all the health benefits of doing so. Coffee is a tasty thirst quencher as well as having some significant health benefits.
1. Coffee Provides Antioxidants
Coffee has plenty of antioxidants and other benefits that can improve your overall health. Coffee provides more antioxidants than any other beverage or food. When people drink coffee, they get their daily dose of antioxidants.
Even if people eat the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits, they might not get the right amount of antioxidants. However, the body absorbs the greatest amount of antioxidants from coffee.
2. Coffee Is Good for the Liver
Coffee is good for the liver. It is especially beneficial for those who also drink alcoholic beverages. According to studies performed on 125,000 adults who drink at least one cup of coffee every day, they are 20 percent less likely to develop liver disease.
3. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
More than 425 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with diabetes worldwide, and the number is increasing. The American Chemical Society reports that coffee lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers found out and have concluded that people who drink four or more cups of coffee every day have a reduced chance of suffering from Type 2 diabetes from 23 to 50 percent. For every additional cup, the chance goes down by another 7 percent.
4. Drinking Coffee Delays Alzheimer's Disease
Two research teams at the University of South Florida and the University of Miami discovered that older people who drink coffee develop Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than those who don't drink coffee on a regular basis and those who don't drink coffee at all.
5. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Alzheimer's is the first. There is no known cure for either one of the diseases. That's why prevention is extremely important.
Studies have shown that people who consume caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to researcher Ronald Postuma. It is interesting that the studies also show that caffeine can help those who already have the disease.
In other words, drinking coffee on a regular basis is a very effective preventative measure that can help minimize getting Parkinson's disease by up to 60 percent. If a person already has Parkinson's disease, drinking coffee can also help minimize the symptoms.
6. Coffee Reduces Chances of Women Getting Skin Cancer
Coffee reduces the chances of women getting skin cancer. Studies performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t drink coffee at all or who don't drink as much.
7. Coffee Is a Fat Burner
Caffeine boosts metabolism and promotes fat burning in both men and women. Many fat burning supplements on the market contain small traces of caffeine. A cup of coffee or green tea contains enough caffeine to boost metabolism.
According to several studies, the metabolic rate can increase as much as 11 percent after consuming caffeine. The drawback is that after drinking coffee for a long time, the possibility of the metabolism boosting power decreases.
8. Smelling Coffee Has a Calming Effect
Some people who don't drink coffee say they like to smell it. There is something to that because smelling coffee does make people feel less stressed. Reports have indicated that people who smell coffee can have a calming effect especially for people who also suffer from sleep deprivation.
Coffee is a stimulant which provides higher energy levels. A study suggests that people who drink four or more cups of coffee every day have a 20 percent lower risk of suffering from depression.
9. People Who Drink Coffee Feel Happier
Many studies have been conducted about the effect of coffee on the drinker. Have you ever heard that people who drink coffee feel happier than those who do not drink coffee or who drink it infrequently?
The National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to feel unhappy than those who don't drink coffee at all. The study doesn't mean that drinking coffee will solve everybody's problems. It simply means that people feel happier no matter what is going on around them. That might explain why people grab a cup of coffee when things are not going their way.
10. Coffee May Make You Smarter
Coffee is not a substitute for a college education, but the beverage may make you smarter than your friends who don't drink coffee at all.
Caffeine is absorbed through the bloodstream and travels into the brain to improve brain functions throughout the day. Drinking just one cup of coffee could help you stay alert and respond confidently.
TIME reporter Michael Lemonick explains that drinking caffeine makes almost anything improves, such as a person's attention, memory, reaction time, logic, reasoning, and mood. Those are some of the characteristics associated with intelligence.
Coffee is a mild antidepressant.
11. Drinking Coffee Lowers Suicide Attempts
Nobody should think that people who drink coffee will not ever commit suicide. However, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking between two and four cups of coffee a day can reduce the chance of both men and women attempting suicide by a great margin. A study with over 208,000 individuals found that people who drank four cups of coffee every day were 53 percent less likely to commit suicide.
Many people wonder about the reason for that assertion. Researchers explain that coffee serves as a mild antidepressant.
12. Coffee Makes Better Athletes
It is amazing to think drinking coffee could make better athletes. However, the New York Times reports that scientists have known for a long time that drinking just one cup of coffee before an event helps athletes perform better.
There are more health benefits of drinking coffee on a regular basis. The above list is just a sample of the benefits of drinking coffee this writer chose to highlight.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Ethyl on April 29, 2019:
Im a coffee drinker. It has a calming effect.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 29, 2019:
Louise, yes, coffee has a lot of health benefits. I have never acquired the taste for it, but I like smelling the aroma.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 29, 2019:
I didn't realise that coffee had so many health benefits. I drink lots of it!
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 29, 2019:
Cheryl and Lorna, I am not a coffee drinker. After doing the research and writing this article I am thinking maybe I should begin to drink it.
I have a sister who has been drinking coffee since she was a little girl, and she has none of the ailments mentioned in the article.
Cheryl, you said your grandmother drank coffee and lived to be 91 with a sound mind.
This proves that coffee really does have health benefits!
Lorna Lamon on April 29, 2019:
I just love this article especially as I am such a fan of coffee. I try to limit my intake to three cups per day, however, it can creep up and after reading your article maybe that's not such a bad thing. Thank you for sharing.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on April 28, 2019:
My grandma drank coffee daily. She died at 91 with a sound mind.