Words by Caitriona Potter

Do you need your daily cup of joe to get going in the morning? If you’re worried about your caffeine habit imposing risks on your health, fear not as study after study has shown coffee to have numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation and boosting energy. Coffee, in the right amounts, has proven to have numerous health benefits. The caffeine can fight fatigue and prevent the development of several diseases. It is generally safe for most adults, so you can now enjoy your caffeine kick with peace of mind! 

Here are 5 health benefits of drinking coffee you might not be aware of:
   1. Increases energy

The first and most obvious benefit of coffee is that it increases energy levels. This is because it contains caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant. It blocks the receptors of the neurotransmitter adenosine, which reduces fatigue, and increases other neurotransmitters that regulate energy, including dopamine. 

   2. Associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes

Coffee helps your body process sugar by preserving the cells in your pancreas, which are responsible for insulin production. It is also full of antioxidants and may affect insulin sensitivity, inflammation and metabolism – all of which are involved in the development of type 2 diabetes. 

   3. Brain Health

Studies have shown that coffee may help in the prevention of certain neuro disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. According to one review of 13 studies, people who regularly consumed caffeine had a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine consumption also slowed the progression of Parkinson’s disease over time. It has also been associated with a lower risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

   4. Weight management

Coffee has been linked to weight management. People who drink one to two cups of coffee have shown to be more physically active than those who drank less than one cup per day. Higher levels of physical activity can promote weight management, and assist in your personal fitness goals.

   5. Longevity

Coffee could improve longevity due to its wide array of health benefits. One review of 40 studies found that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee daily was associated with a lower risk of death, regardless of factors like age, weight status, and alcohol consumption. Another study found that drinking at least one cup of coffee per day was associated with a lower risk of death from cancer.