The 10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Top up your cuppa, new research into health and wellness shows there are excellent health-related reasons enjoy your fresh-ground beans.

At the start of each day, a barista-quality coffee is a must for many of us. But now you have even more reason to crack out the coffee beans when you can benefit from these ten health bonuses below.

1. No pain, all gain
If you’re stepping up your fitness routine, coffee not only boosts your energy, but studies show that drinking two cups can also help cut muscle pain after working out. No more hobbling around the office after overdoing it at your step class, and best of all, you’ll have enough energy to go back for another class the next day.

2. You’ll see the benefits (literally!)
Drinking coffee is often credited as making us ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’ but did you know there are documented for the eyesight of coffee drinkers? A Cornell University Study showed that coffee may prevent retinal damage due to oxidative stress thanks to the chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidants found in the coffee bean.

3. It gives you that good feeling
It won’t shock the regular coffee drinker to hear that a cup o’ Joe can be a mood booster- after all, it offers an immediate energy boost! But coffee has been credited with other mood and mental benefits, with some studies suggesting the drink can help prevent mild to moderate depression. According to some researchers*, there is an eight percent reduced risk of developing depression per average cup of caffeinated coffee consumed per day.

4. You’ll stop the rot
Forgot to brush? You could be saved by your cup of coffee. Taken black, coffee can prevent cavities by fighting the ‘bad’ bacteria that festers on your teeth and leads to tooth decay. A Brazilian research program showed that milk or sugar can disrupt the process, so make sure you skip the cream if you’re keen to keep your pearly-whites in top condition.

5. Up your antioxidants
We’re used to drinking smoothies and fruit bowls to make sure we’re getting our antioxidants, but in fact they are naturally occurring in the coffee bean. A standard cup comes packed with more antioxidants than comparable servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, and oranges, plus coffee comes without the accompanying sugar hit! Stock up on coffee and you’ll be ingesting antioxidants that can help soothe inflammation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

6. Extend your life expectancy
Coffee may be the key to making the most of your lifespan. Multiple studies show that people who consume coffee have a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Again, a lot of these benefits can be chalked up to the presence of antioxidant plant compounds in coffee.

7. Feel good thanks to fiber
You might associate fiber with foods like split peas or lentils, but in fact coffee beans are rich in nondigestible polysaccharides (dietary fiber). The overall contribution to your daily recommended intake of fiber may be small, but benefits include a healthier bowel, lower cholesterol levels and more controlled blood sugar levels.

8. Sharpen up!
You’d know by now that a cup of coffee can give you that ‘give up and go’ when you’re feeling flat. But to be specific, caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that helps your brain with the firing of the neurons and your energy metabolism. This means that mentally, you’ll gain an edge over your non-coffee-drinking pals.

9. Let’s get physical
Physically speaking, coffee can also help you do the hard yards. The caffeine boost can stimulate your nervous system and temporarily raise your metabolism (which is good news for fat burning), and also helps you work out longer, making your leg day the best one you ever did!

10. Remember this
Coffee has already been shown to improve mood and mental performance, and the next level of this benefit comes in the form of improved short and long-term memory. Short term, you’ll find yourself more able to concentrate, more attentive and more alert, which helps you commit information to memory; One study** also found that caffeine commits memories to long-term storage, known as “consolidation.” So drink up and you’ll find yourself heading toward total recall.

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