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5 Ways Drinking Coffee Improves Health

by Adriana Contreras 11 Apr 2019 0 Comments

 5 Ways Drinking Coffee Improves Health
That’s Right, have your cup and drink it too.

Many Americans would consider themselves a “coffee addict.” They make a cup right when they wake up and continue to sip throughout their workday. New studies prove that this addiction might be just what the doctor ordered.

High in Antioxidants

What's in Coffee

Coffee has an impressive amount of antioxidants packed into each cup. Antioxidants are substances like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Magnesium, primarily found in fruits and vegetables. Our bodies need these antioxidants to slow down the damage to our cells and DNA that are brought on by day-to-day living. Antioxidants are believed to boost other health benefits.

On average, people consume their daily intake from drinks instead of foods. A coffee drinker will consume around 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee alone, reports Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton (1). The next closest competitor is tea at 294 milligrams.

In many studies worldwide, coffee is the single largest dietary source of these antioxidants for people in Norway, Finland, Spain, Japan, Poland, and France (12).

When in doubt, pour yourself a cup of coffee.

Healthier Cardiovascular System

Drinking black coffee protects the heart, says Medical News Today. The amount of caffeine and antioxidants are a perfect concoction to protect your heart against diabetes, heart failure, and strokes (4).

Drinking four cups of black coffee a day could be ideal in protecting and repairing cardiovascular cells, a study in PLOS Biology reports (5). Becoming a coffee drinker may be especially beneficial for older folks who are more prone to heart issues.

Reduces Stress

Have you ever woken up to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee already brewing? Did it automatically make your morning better? According to a study conducted by Seoul National University, just smelling coffee can reduce stress. When tested on sleep-deprived rats, coffee aroma triggered a change in brain chemistry that reduced stress and released proteins that help to protect nerve cells (6).

Next time you need a quick pick-me-up, walk into your nearest coffee shop and take a few deep breaths.

Lower Risk of Diabetes

A lot of chatter has been occurring lately about the relationship between drinking coffee and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association weighed in with their study that concluded present and past coffee drinkers had a 60% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-drinkers for eight years (7).

Something as simple as drinking your daily coffee could potentially have a widespread impact on health, especially in westernized countries where obesity and type 2 diabetes are becoming an increasing problem.

Live Longer

All you tea drinkers may want to get out and buy an espresso machine after this one. It’s scientifically proven that coffee drinkers live longer than non-drinkers.

A study published in Annals of internal medicine reported that drinking coffee lowers your risk of premature death by 20-30% (3). Other studies also show the same pattern of increased life longevity. Get sipping!

With all these health benefits, you no longer have to feel guilty about treating yourself to a hot cup of joe! Check out the latest from Volcanica Coffee here. Happy drinking! 

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