Behind every productive person is a strong cup of coffee. For those who love to indulge in the caffeine-loaded goodness of a bean brew, there’s always the concern that coffee might not be good for you. But, while caffeine sometimes gets a bit of a bad rap, the truth is that drinking coffee does a whole lot of good for us! Not convinced? Here are some of the amazing benefits of coffee:
It’s the perfect post-workout drink
Love a smoothie after a sweat session? Maybe next time you should reach for a coffee instead? As it turns out, smoothies have infiltrated what should be coffee’s domain. Drinking a delicious cuppa after you’ve worked up a sweat has shown to reduce post-workout muscle pain by up to 48 percent!
It’s kind to your liver
The human liver takes a beating throughout its lifetime, so anything that can be healthy for your liver is a huge plus, and coffee falls into that category. Drinking coffee regularly helps protect against cirrhosis developing and keeps your liver clean.
Lower your risk of disease
Multiple studies have shown that drinking coffee on a regular basis can help lower your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Believe it or not, coffee can be key in your fight against cancer and a regular cup of Joe can also help protect against developing colorectal cancer later on in life. Studies have shown that even moderate coffee consumption, between one and two servings a day, was associated with a 26 percent reduction in the odds of developing colorectal cancer. Coffee contains many elements that contribute to overall colorectal health which may explain the preventive properties. Caffeine and polyphenol can act as antioxidants, limiting the growth of potential colon cancer cells while diterpenes may prevent cancer by enhancing the body’s defence against oxidative damage.
Boost your mood
Of course, the most notable daily benefit is the improvement coffee has on your mood, which, according to studies, has helped reduce suicide risk and depression among lovers of the good ole brain-juice.
So while too much of anything can be a bad thing, a healthy amount of coffee is still something you don’t have to feel guilty for enjoying. Also, it’s kind of our best friend. After all, coffee never judges you, it loves you unconditionally, it gets you through hectic deadlines and all-nighters and it just generally brings people together. What’s not to love?