Health Benefits of Coffee

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Believe it or not, one of the world’s favorite beverages, coffee, is not only tasty but good for you, too. Here are a few of the reasons to keep sipping this remarkable elixir.

Boosts energy
Extra energy is probably the biggest reason people love coffee. Rumor has it that word of these magic beans spread after a goat herder roaming ancient coffee forests in Ethiopia noticed how energized his herd got after consuming the beans. The caffeine in coffee, a natural stimulant, clearly helps humans stay alert as well. Consuming up to 400 milligrams, which is equal to four regular cups, seems to work best.

Speeds up metabolism
Caffeinated coffee accelerates the metabolism to burn calories. Consuming small amounts can also boost a workout. (Remember those goats?)

Improves gut health
Good health begins in the gut. Drinking three cups of coffee per day increases beneficial gut bacteria.

Reduces risk of certain cancers
Coffee may extensively lower liver, prostate, and colorectal cancer risk.

Increases brain function
Drinking coffee every day may lower the risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants and other helpful substances in coffee reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, repair damaged blood vessels, and help thwart free radicals that harm vessels in the first place.

Helps hearts stay healthy
According to the American Heart Association, studies show heart-failure risks can be lowered by as much as 5% to 12% per cup of coffee consumed per day. Caffeinated coffee may also help in better processing glucose, improving mood, and much more. However, it can also increase heart rate, insomnia, and anxiety. Coffee drinkers should get to know their tolerance and shouldn’t overdo it. If you want to cut back, do it gradually. Otherwise, drink to your good health!