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10 coffee benefits

  1. Coffee keeps you hydrated Several studies show that coffee can be as hydrating as water. After studying the fluid levels in the bodies of 50 men who consumed 3-6 cups of coffee a day, a group of researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom found out that this kind of “moderate” coffee consumption “provides similar hydrating qualities to water” .
  2. Coffee improves your physical performance Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells to break down body fat, which released into the blood can be used as fuel. It also increases Epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in the blood.
  3. Coffee can lower the risk of colorectal cancer Coffee can lower the risk of getting colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer. The antioxidants present in coffee are found to have anti-carcinogenic properties thought to help reduce the inflammation responsible for some tumors. A study tested among 489,706 individuals of men and women found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer. Another study concluded that coffee consumption has an inverse relationship associated with bowel cancer risk. The benefit is an observed 17% reduction of risk from those who drank four or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day and 21% decreased risk for four to five cups of decaffeinated coffee a day . Note that this is a large amount of coffee and it is unclear if lower amounts have a similarly positive effect.

4.Coffee helps relieve the symptoms of asthma The caffeine in coffee has beneficial effects on the pulmonary function of nonsmokers. It can help relieve the symptoms of asthma. A study noted that caffeine has the same effect in the body as theophylline (34). Theophylline is a bronchodilator drug. This means it can open up the lungs’ airways and thereby relieve the symptoms of asthma, such as breathlessness, wheezing, and coughing. Since coffee is rich in caffeine, drinking it regularly helps your pulmonary system functioning normally.

  1. Coffee lowers risk of liver cancer Studies show that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of developing liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers. A study presented earlier this year at the American Association of Cancer Researchers’ annual meeting held in San Diego found that people who drank several cups of coffee a day have up to 42 percent less risk of developing liver cancer than people who drank coffee occasionally or not at all (40). The researchers didn’t discover how, but they attribute this significant health benefit of coffee to the many active compounds in it that can aid in the prevention of cancer development.
  2. Coffee lowers your risk of prostate cancer According to a study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who drank several cups of coffee a day had up to 60 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers. Another research by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists led by Janet L. Stanford, Ph. D., found that men who drank four or more cups of coffee daily experienced reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence and/or progression by 59% percent as compared to those who drank only one or fewer cups per week.
  3. Coffee protects against estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer A study shows that women who drink at least five cups of coffee a day are 57 percent less likely to develop estrogen rece ptor-negative breast cancer than women who don’t . Estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer is one kind of breast cancer, which is characterized by patients’ lack of estrogen receptors. Estrogen receptors are the proteins in cells that help regulate the activity of certain genes when activated by estrogen. Coffee contains some plant-based chemicals that can act as estrogen. Coffee also contains a phytochemical that helps decrease one’s risk of estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer.
  4. Coffee lowers the risk of stroke in woman In a 2011 study, among 34,670 women who participated found that those who drank more than one cup of coffee per day had about a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than women who drank less than a cup or none at all . A 2009 study showed that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day had 20 percent less risk of having stroke than women who drank less than 4 cups . This data suggests that drinking little or no coffee at all can contribute to increased risk of stroke in women so long-term and moderate amount of coffee consumption can modestly reduce that risk.
  5. Coffee lowers stress (possibly just by smelling it) When you’re feeling stressed at work, you could make yourself feel better by taking a big whiff of a cup of coffee before drinking it. By examining the brain of some sleep-deprived rats, a group of researchers at the Seoul National University discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in their brain proteins tied to the stress they were experiencing and alleviated it . The aroma study focused primarily on stress related to sleep deprivation. Nevertheless, numerous studies published show that coffee has stress reducing effects. A research titled “Hypertension” published in 2005 showed that the blood pressure of coffee-drinkers is not as affected when faced with stressful situations. There may not be much effect for non-habitual drinkers of coffee but habitual drinkers there is a reduced stress-induced response.
  6. Coffee fights depression Coffee lowers the risk of developing depression and dramatically reduces the risk of suicide. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent; and about 20 percent reduction from risk of being depressed compared to those who drank less or decaffeinated were observed by the National Institute of Health. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.