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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

By Jennifer Sgro-Stovall

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Why the right amount of coffee is actually good for you.

There's nothing better than that first sip of coffee. Whether you're a coffee before anything type of person, the type who likes to savour your morning cup or someone who needs that extra boost before or after a workout, it’s hard to imagine a day without it. Not only does the caffeine perk you up, but there’s something incredibly soothing about a steaming cup of coffee.

Coffee lovers rejoice! The case for coffee is stronger than ever. Studies indicate the benefits from your favourite morning beverage could be more than you thought.

Although caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee, it also contains antioxidants that may help reduce internal inflammation and protect against diseases such as Alzheimer's and heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers.

The benefits of coffee go beyond an energy boost. Here are five ways coffee can have a positive impact on your health:

  1. Recent studies have found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

  2. Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help keep hearts strong and ward off heart failure, while studies have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

  3. Research shows that coffee drinkers (both regular and decaf) are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.

  4. Stronger DNA. Dark roast coffee decreases naturally-occurring breakage in our DNA strands. Breakage can lead to cancer or tumours if not repaired by your cells.

  5. Researchers found that coffee drinkers were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer, and one cup a day significantly lowers the risk of heart disease, while two to three cups provide protection against both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Feel The Burn

Looking to add an extra kick to your workout, then coffee may be a great—and safe—option, just skip the cream and sugar. Since it contains the natural stimulant caffeine, black coffee has become a popular pre-workout drink. The high levels of caffeine in coffee significantly improve the ability to burn fat during exercise, and enhances the metabolic rate, the rate at which your body uses energy. Research shows that the significant increase in metabolic rate continues for three hours after drinking coffee, while the caffeine increases the ability to train longer and improve endurance levels without feeling tired.

Caffeinated vs. Decaffeinated

For many, having a productive start to their day includes their daily cup(s) of coffee. But for those looking to cut down their daily intake or consume it later in the day, even the act of drinking decaf coffee will have a profound effect on their ability to focus. Researchers have found that coffee, regardless if it's caffeinated or decaffeinated, will yield similar results in everyone, meaning even a decaf cup of coffee to get over the 3 pm slump will provide coffee drinkers with a boost without keeping them awake at night.

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