More than half of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee each day. If you aren’t one of them, you may want to consider giving it a try. Although for years doctors warned people about coffee, those concerns were based on flawed, decades old research. Current studies have shown a broad range of health benefits associated with drinking coffee in moderation.
Whether you drink it hot or cold, at home or on the go, that cup of joe provides more benefits than you may realize. Unique elements in coffee have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and the benefits may start as soon as you open the bag of fresh beans and first smell the aroma. And that’s reason to celebrate.
1. Improved Heart Health
Apart from a morning boost to get your day going, regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of heart failure than those who don’t drink the java. Results show that two 8-oz. cups of coffee a day would be associated with an 11% drop in heart risk. Drinking less than that showed a lower risk reduction. But you must be moderate — over five cups and risk increases.
2. Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Studies have been done in both the U.S. and in Europe, following the coffee-drinking habits of over 700,000 people, focused on African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites. The risk of dying early was lower for coffee drinkers than non-coffee-drinkers. Good news whether you drink one cup or four cups a day across all populations, whether people drank caffeinated or decaf.
3. Live a Happier Life
While a fresh cup of java obviously makes a dedicated coffee drinker happy, there’s scientific research that backs up that feeling. Yes, the caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, but it also may act as a mild antidepressant by increasing production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin and dopamine. In fact, a study showed drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in both men and women by about 50 percent.
Additional benefits include protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer. So, make sure to raise a glass — or a mug — to celebrate today’s holiday, and toast to coffee and good health.