Coffee has been vilified for decades. However, later and more recent studies have found the beneficial impact of coffee consumption. Just like tea, coffee, too has many health benefits.
On the other hand, some people may experience an abnormal heart rate when drinking coffee. If this is your case, minimize your coffee consumption, or even avoid it. However, a new study1 finds coffee may help you live longer.
The researchers’ conclusion;
Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking 8 or more cups per day and those with genetic polymorphisms indicating slower or faster caffeine metabolism. These findings suggest the importance of noncaffeine constituents in the coffee-mortality association and provide further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet.
Maximizing Coffee Health Benefits
If you’ve watched the entire video above, it was mentioned that coffee itself is good and beneficial. However, the preparation of coffee matters. What you add into your coffee could negate the various health benefits of it.
For instance, adding a lot of creamer and sugar to the coffee that the coffee itself does not taste like coffee is bad. But, it’s not about the taste. It is about the bad or unhealthy consequences of creamers and sugars.
Therefore, if you want to make the most and maximize coffee health benefits, practice drinking it black. Initially, it may taste very bitter and you may not like it. However, as you do it gradually in a consistent manner, you will start liking it. In fact, your taste buds become familiar with the authentic taste of coffee, you will never go back to using creamers and sweeteners.
Of course, it’s not bad to add a little sugar as long as you don’t have too much of it. Keep in mind, it’s not just coffee you are consuming throughout the day. You may have other drinks that contain refined sugars in it and the amount can add up.
Furthermore, one study back in 2015 says that coffee consumption may be helpful for men in reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction. Hence, coffee is a great beverage along with exercise in terms of reversing erectile problems.
Other Various Health Benefits of Coffee
The health benefits mentioned earlier are just a few of the many health benefits of coffee. There are many studies on coffee that discover its wide array of health benefits.
A Harvard article summarizes and mentions a few of the many beneficial effects of drinking coffee. Among these health benefits include;
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, heart failure, and stroke
- Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- Protective against Parkinson’s disease
- Lowers the risk of uterine and liver cancer
- Reduces risk of liver disease like cirrhosis
- Lowers the risk of gout
Should You Start Drinking Coffee, Right Now?
While many of the recent studies discover the health benefits of drinking coffee, it’s tempting to start drinking. However, there are certain things you should consider prior to start sipping coffee.
First, if you don’t like coffee, there are no recommendations that you should drink. Just because studies found many health benefits of coffee, it does not mean it applies to everyone.
Second, if you are already a coffee drinker, then there is no reason to stop drinking coffee. Continue enjoying the taste and its health benefits. However, make sure you make an effort to improve the quality of the coffee you are consuming by reducing unhealthy additives or even eliminating them.
Third, if you are a non-coffee drinker but interested into start drinking it, start small. Moderate consumption of let’s just say… a cup a day is a good start. From there, take notice if it has negative effects on you such as abnormal heart rate. If none, then gradually increase your consumption but not too much. In most studies, researchers found that 4 to 8 cups is a good range.
Fourth, since most of the coffee preparation involves hot water, always let it cool down to a comfortable temperature before drinking it. Never drink coffee at a very high temperature as hot drinks may cause cancer.