Are there benefits to drinking coffee besides the stimulant effect? While most of us think of coffee purely in terms of its caffeine content, research has shown it to be so much more. Is coffee a superfood?

The benefits of coffee go far beyond mental alertness.
The benefits of coffee go far beyond mental alertness.
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According to a study conducted by New Scientist magazine, 90% of North American adults consume some form of caffeine on a daily basis, making this legal, psychoactive substance the world’s most widely used drug. 

Sixty-four percent of Americans age 18 or over said they had a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018, according to a study conducted by Reuters.

With so many of us consuming coffee, the obvious question is: does coffee harm the body?

Coffee makes you feel good and has other health benefits.

Coffee makes you feel good and has other health benefits.
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Does Coffee Provide Health Benefits?

In a recent review of 1,277 studies on coffee consumption, researchers found that coffee provides health benefits with few adverse issues when consumed by adults in moderation.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Caffeine may increase the force at which the heartbeats as well as, relaxing the body’s airways, which can lead to increased oxygen consumption.

Coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk for coronary vascular disease and coronary heart disease. 

Metabolic Benefits

The data showed a benefit to metabolic health, including an improvement in patients with diabetes. This effect was likely due to decreased insulin resistance and improved insulin glucose tolerance.

Neurologic Benefits

Coffee consumption has been linked to improvements in Parkinson’s disease, cognitive decline, and overall mental health.

Gastrointestinal Effects

Gastrointestinal complaints are common in the literature, namely reflux, ulcers, heartburn and poor digestion of food.

Mortality

Research has demonstrated that coffee drinkers, on average, have a longer lifespan.

Should You Drink Coffee?

Sixty-four percent of Americans drink coffee.  They enjoy the taste, as well as the effects of the caffeine.  We can now add to the list of benefits:

  • Increased mental alertness
  • Less fatigue
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Metabolic health
  • Improvement in neurological disorders

I enjoy a good cup of coffee frequently and will see you around the coffee bar.

A majority of Americans drink coffee for the caffeine and can now enjoy its other benefits.
A majority of Americans drink coffee for the caffeine and can now enjoy its other benefits.
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