13 Health Benefits of Coffee [And 2 Risks]

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Are you a coffee drinker? 

There was a time when society tried to make us feel guilty for drinking it.

However, over time, medical science is proving coffee has many benefits.

If you’re looking for a few extra reasons to indulge in your morning cup of Joe, you’ve come to the right place. 

I’m going to share with you why coffee could be of great benefit to your health. Here’s what you should know about the health benefits of coffee:

**Before we get started, let’s discuss the legalities.I’m not a medical professional. This is meant for informational purposes only. Please seek out advice from a medical professional if you have questions or concerns about the benefits or risk-factors of including coffee in your diet. I’m not liable in any way. Thank you!**

1. Gives You Energy

This is a “duh” point because we all know that coffee gives us energy. This is why most of us stumble to the coffee pot before we do anything else in the morning.

However, it’s important to note that coffee gives us energy because of the caffeine it contains. Therefore, it’s a low-calorie method to get our energy boost to start the day.

2. Makes Your Brain Work

After we get our first surge of caffeine for the day, we’re ready to roll. Our brains are awake and ready to tackle whatever comes our way.

The same caffeine that gives us energy also improves our brain function. Caffeine blocks adenosine. By blocking this neurotransmitter, it opens the way for another neurotransmitter (dopamine) in our brain. 

By increasing the dopamine in our brain, it boosts our overall brain function but can have a large impact on our mood, memory, and amount of time it takes us to react. 

3. Puts the Heat to Your Fat

If you look on the back of any diet pill or drink, you’ll find most contain caffeine. Why? Because caffeine is a natural fat burner.

By increasing our caffeine intake, it not only boosts your brain power but also your metabolic rate and can help you lose weight. Caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by as much as 10%. This percentage will die down the more you drink coffee, but if you’re new to the coffee-game enjoy this benefit while it lasts. 

4. Gym Buddy

Are you considering heading to the gym in the next hour? Consider drinking a small, black cup of coffee about an hour before working out.

If you have a healthy heart, the caffeine in coffee can increase your adrenaline and nervous system. This gives you more energy and can help you have a better workout.

Again, make sure your heart is in good enough condition to withstand this caffeine boost prior to a workout

5. Contains Nutrients

I don’t know about you, but when I drink coffee, I’m not considering what type of nutrients it contains. 

However, if you need a boost in the arm over drinking your coffee, you’ll be glad to know it does contain important nutrients.

Coffee contains various types of vitamin B, manganese, and potassium. If you like to get your nutrients through food/ beverage sources instead of a pill, coffee could be one more source of the vitamins your body needs. 

6. Fights Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a horrible disease that impacts far too many people. We know that diet and exercise can lower our risk of this disease.

However, scientists are finding that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of battling this disease as well. 

They aren’t exactly sure why coffee helps fight type 2 diabetes, but in recent observations, they’re finding it seems to lower the risk.

7. So Long Depression

Depression is another serious disease which impacts people from all walks of life. Coffee isn’t a cure-all for this disease. 

However, it can help when you’re battling depression. If you struggle with this difficult disease, be sure to reach out for help from medical professionals when you need it, but also consider adding a cup of coffee or two to your daily routine as well and see if it helps. 

8. Might be Good for Certain Organs

Scientists are checking into the health benefits coffee provides. They’re seeing positive results though they don’t fully understand why they’re getting the results they are.

For example, in some studies, scientists are finding that coffee may be good for your liver. They think it may help fight cirrhosis of the liver and other cancers. 

Along the same line of thinking, they believe it may be good for your heart as well. They’re seeing signs it could even help fight a variety of cancers. Having a potential liquid cancer-fighter in a cup is a wonderful health benefit of coffee. 

9. Fights Diseases

We’ve all probably known someone who was impacted by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. If you’ve ever been close to someone who has experienced these diseases, you know how devastating they can be.

The good news is scientists are finding coffee may be able to help deter these two diseases. They still aren’t sure how coffee deters Alzheimer’s, but in recent studies, it appears that coffee may lessen your risk of developing the disease.

Caffeine in coffee may help deter Parkinson’s because it encourages dopamine to keep pumping through the body.  

10. Body Aches

The next time you have a hard day’s work, do take a warm bath to soothe your sore muscles. Once you get out of the bath, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee.

Coffee is thought to soothe sore muscles as well. While you’re applying Bengay, you might as well sit back, relax, and enjoy a hot cup of Joe to relieve the aches of a sore body. 

11. Good for Your Diet

We’ve already discussed how coffee contains important nutrients that our body’s need to function properly.

You’ll be glad to know, coffee also contains fiber. We all need fiber in our diet because it scrubs our insides to remove waste and plaque from our system. Coffee is one more way for you to up your fiber intake.

12. Good for Your Teeth

It’s important to take care of every part of our body, including our teeth. If you practice good home care but still would like to do more to keep your teeth in tip-top shape, drink black coffee.

Black coffee is able to kill bacteria on your teeth. Therefore, this deters cavities from forming. One more reason you can feel good about enjoying your morning cup of coffee.

13. Kicks Gout to the Curb

If you’ve ever struggled with gout, you know how painful it can be on your joints. You should definitely seek medical attention for it if necessary.

But if you’re interested in stopping gout before it starts, you’ll be encouraged to know that scientists think coffee helps protect your body from it. Coffee is more than a favorite beverage. It can be a liquid armor against some things (or so we hope.)

Coffee sounds like an amazing drink and something everyone should partake in. However, I pride myself on offering beneficial information for everyone to make choices based upon the whole picture.

Though the health benefits of coffee seem great in some cases, it may not be a benefit to everyone who drinks it.

Here are the risks to drinking coffee:

1. Boosts Your Cholesterol

There is a chance that coffee could boost your cholesterol. Instead of being a benefit to your heart, it could serve as a hindrance.

If you have concerns about your cholesterol, be sure to speak with your doctor to find out if coffee is the right beverage for you.

2. Heart Damage

Some people are born with a genetic mutation which could cause coffee to do damage to their heart. 

This mutation impacts how your body processes coffee. It slows down your body’s process in breaking down the caffeine which can damage your heart. 

Obviously, the benefits and risks of drinking coffee will vary on a case-by-case basis. Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any medical concerns or questions about your risks of drinking coffee.

Remember, moderation is key. A cup or two of coffee a day probably won’t hurt a healthy person. If you overdo it, you could see negative side effects.

Practice good judgment, seek out medical advice when in doubt, and if you’re healthy (and your doctor says it’s okay) do enjoy every sip you take while also enjoying the health benefits of coffee.