Why is Coffee Good For You?
Anyone who drinks coffee will tell you that there are a lot of benefits to it. It smells delicious for a start and really picks you up in the morning. Research is continuing to show the benefits of drinking coffee. Here are some great reasons why coffee is good for you.
It Boosts Your Mood
Coffee can really help perk you up in the morning. One of the reasons for this is that coffee also stimulates the production of dopamine. Dopamine is one of those “feel good” hormones that makes you happy. A study showed that women who drink coffee each day were 20% less likely to be depressed and coffee drinkers are only half as likely to try and commit suicide.
It Prevents Diabetes
If you drink coffee then you’re less likely to develop Type-2 Diabetes compared to people who don’t drink coffee. Harvard Medical School believes that the ingredients in coffee actually work to lower blood sugar levels. They aren’t sure which ingredient in particular does but, as the same effect is produced in decaffeinated coffee, it’s likely not the caffeine. Research has suggested that it’s the antioxidants of coffee that achieve this affect and that how you brew your coffee can impact the potency of this effect.
It Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Drinking two cups of coffee a day can help keep your heart healthy according to a study from Harvard. Researchers discovered that drinking four cups a day can further reduce the risk. Other studies how that drinking coffee and green tea can bring down the chances of a stroke or cardiovascular disease. One interesting thing about this is that the effects are more potent in women than men.
Good for Gallstones
Gallstones are one of the most painful things you can go through. The good news is that coffee can stop them from developing. A study from Italy shows that people who drink a lot of coffee and wine, or who eat a lot of fish or whole wheat bread had a reduced chance of developing gallstones. The downside is that some of the evidence isn’t conclusive so the jury is still out on of this one is true.
It Keeps Your Liver Looking Good
There have been a number of studies that show drinking coffee can keep your liver healthy. The researchers also believe that the kind of coffee you drink is important to this effect. Filtered coffee is thought to be more hepatoprotective as the filters stop things like kahweol and cafestol from getting into the mug, and, in return, your body. These substances can increase your liver enzymes but there is a study that refutes this claim. On the other hand espressos contain sucrose, which can make fatty liver disease worse.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that coffee is unhealthy you can tell them all the ways that coffee is actually good for you!