It turns out, every time you sip a cup of Joe to give yourself a little wake-up jolt in the morning or to complement a delicious meal, you’re actually doing your body a huge favor. Coffee has great health benefits for its religious drinkers – all of which are phenomenal and some of which are very surprising.
Coffee is responsible for a number of healthy bioactivities in the human body, such as antioxidant activity, anticarcinogenic activity, and antimutagenic activity, as reported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. These are all huge! Antioxidants are great for your health, since they have the ability to remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents that may be forming inside your body. As if that’s not great enough, the anticarcinogens in coffee can reduce your risk of developing many types of cancer later in life, most notably skin cancer and oral cancer. Also, the antimutagenic activity in your java cup can greatly reduce your likelihood of genetic mutation in your body in the future.
We as women can also achieve some very specific health benefits from coffee consumption, most notably decreasing their risk of endometrial cancer, or cancer of the uterus. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention published an article that reportedly found that women who drink at least four cups of coffee each day have a 25 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer than the women who consume less than a cup of coffee per day.
The Daily Meal has reported that coffee consumption also has a possibility of reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes when you get older. Also, for you fitness gurus out there, the caffeine in coffee can help to stimulate your muscles to help you power through more reps than usual while you’re working out at the gym. Though other caffeinated drinks like tea are better for when you want to lose weight, coffee is a better choice if you ultimately want to achieve more muscle.
Women’s Health magazine has also reported that coffee can help you ward off other types of serious health risks, including Parkinson’s disease. And every time you refill your coffee mug, you can cut down your risk of developing diabetes down the road by 7 percent. Coffee also can help you avoid other problematic health issues down the road, such as mental decline and high blood pressure.
That being said, it’s crucial to keep in mind that coffee is best consumed in moderation, in order to avoid some unpleasant side effects of too much caffeine, such as persistent insomnia, increased heart rate, or painful headaches. After all, coffee is a stimulant, and you don’t want to overdo your intake. It’s also important to remember that adding too much sugar or creamer to your coffee might offset some of the great benefits.
Turns out, there can be too much of a good thing!
Three to four six-ounce cups a day should suffice for better health results. It’s recommended that you finish your last cup at least four hours before you decide to call it a night and go to sleep.