Why is coffee good for you?

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    Why is coffee good for you?

  • 1 Boosts metabolism

    Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Stimulants increase the heart rate and therefore increase the metabolism by 3-11%. Drink up, dieters! .

  • 2 Increases exercise performance

    Going along the lines of stimulants, the caffeine in coffee gives you more energy and studies have shown that it also improves exercise performance by 11-12% .

  • 3 Improves mood

    A review of three studies showed that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee per day reduces the risk of suicide by 53%. A Harvard study from 2011 showed that drinking coffee regularly reduces risk of depression by 20% .

  • 4 Reduces risk of heart failure

    A comprehensive review of 36 individual studies showed that drinking 1-5 cups/ day significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular related diseases. Drinking 3.5 cups/ day showed the best results (reduces 15%), then drinking 1.5 cups (11%), then 5 cups (5%) .

  • 5 Reduces risk of liver cirrhosis

    Drinking 4 or more cups of coffee reduces the risk of liver cirrhosis by a whopping 80%! .

  • 6 Reduces risk of several types of cancer

    A comprehensive review of 59 studies concluded that drinking coffee daily reduces the risk of cancer, including liver, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Drinking up to 6 cups of coffee per day reduces the risk by 6% .

  • 7 Reduces risk of skin cancer

    Speaking of cancer, Robert Davis, PhD found that coffee contains flavonoids which inhibit the formation of UVB induced tumours. UVA and UVB are ultraviolet rays that come from the sun and are the primary causes of skin cancer .

  • 8 Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

    Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases are the leading neurodegenerative diseases worldwide. Various studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly reduces the risk of developing alzheimer’s by 65% while for Parkinson’s, the risk is reduced by 32-60% .

  • 9 Reduces risk of type II diabetes

    Studies have shown that with each cup of daily coffee, the risk of developing type II diabetes is reduced by 7% .

  • 10 Reduces inflammation and has beneficial effects on HDL cholesterol

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that showed anti-inflammatory effects of drinking coffee, due to the antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. The same Journal concluded that coffee is associated with increasing the “good cholesterol” or the HDL cholesterol .

  • 11 Helps hair growth

    The International Journal of Dermatology concluded that caffeine from coffee alone led to significant hair follicle stimulation and therefore hair growth (see how to slow down aging).

  • 12 Helps with acne prevention and skin care

    Coffee is more acidic than water and our skin. Using coffee scrubs makes your skin react in such a way that the pores constrict in size. This adds an extra layer of protection against the elements and creates a more youthful look .

  • 13 Contains lots of antioxidants and vitamins

    A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the RD (recommended dose) of Vitamin B2, 6% of the RD of Vitamin B5, 3% of the RD of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of the RD of Vitamin B3. Coffee is the main source of antioxidants in the Western diet .

  • 14 Can help you live longer

    Two studies showed that over a 18-24 year period, the risk of dying decreases by 20% for men and 26% for women. For diabetics, the risk of dying is reduced to 30%. Drink up! .