Whether it’s in the morning or after work when you’re feeling extra drained, many of us crave a good cup of coffee to wake us up and warm our bellies. Light, medium or dark roast, the caffeine revs us up and the roasted beans are just delicious (and smell amazing). But did you know that cup of joe has some positive health benefits? Coffee is one of those, often times, polarizing foods that have been scrutinized for their nutritional value for awhile. Study after study has made the claim that coffee is good for you in moderation, while others report coffee isn’t the miracle food many of us have made it out to be.
What many researchers have agreed upon is that coffee is good for you if you don’t overdo it, and can even be healthy for you (by the way, for most people “in moderation” is defined as three to five 8-ounce cups per day). Here are a few of the ways coffee can benefit your health if you stick to almost black coffee.
First of all, coffee decreases risk of disease from a plethora of things
The long list includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and melanoma according to CBS News. It also helps protect your liver, the New York Times reports. It can reduce the risk of liver cancer by 40%, which is both remarkable and massive.
It contains antioxidants
In fact, a study found that coffee delivers more antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the typical American diet, according to NBC News. Yes, more than green tea. More than blueberries. More than anything you can think of! Antioxidants help prevent or slow cell damage, neutralizing free radicals.
Coffee can help you if you’re depressed
This one is specifically in women: the Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk of depression in women who drink four or more cups of coffee per day is 20% less than women who drink none. HOWEVER, if you are feeling depressed, don’t use coffee as a way to self-medicate. Seek help from a professional, so you can get all the care and support you need.
Drinking it can improve your memory
Coffee doesn’t make you smarter or more creative, but Lifehacker explains it can make you more productive especially when the work is memory-based. If you’ve got a repetitive task or need to memorize stuff, drink some coffee and it will help your brain get things done.
Coffee is good for your dental health
While it seems counterintuitive (after-all, coffee can make your teeth more yellow) Web Dental claims the beverage can lower your risk of tooth decay.
Coffee is filled with awesome nutrients
According to Authority Nutrition, a cup of coffee contains: “Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 11% of the RDA; Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), 6% of the RDA ; Manganese and Potassium, 3% of the RDA ; Magnesium and Niacin (B3), 2% of the RDA.”
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