Yes, we all love the energy boost and increased mental sharpness we get from that first cup of coffee in the morning. But did you know that drinking coffee in moderate amounts (3-5 cups per day) has many hidden health benefits?
Here are 7 reasons you should reach for (at least) one more cup of coffee today:
1. Drinking Coffee Lowers Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Studies have shown that coffee may improve the body’s tolerance to glucose by increasing metabolism or by improving sensitivity to insulin. Either way, it has been proven that drinking coffee can protect us from developing Type 2 Diabetes.
2. It Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Simply drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day significantly reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and stroke. Enough said.
3. Coffee Is a Proven Fat Burner
Caffeine is one of a select few natural substances that have actually been proven to burn fat stores in the body. And that’s not all. Caffeine also increases your endurance and boosts fat burning while you are working out. So, enjoying that espresso pre-workout can actually help keep your energy up and allow you to push yourself further while you sweat it out.
4. It Will Lower Your Risk of Dying (Early)
As coffee protects against many of the serious diseases which lead to early death – including heart disease, cancer and diabetes – it is easy to see why it would increase longevity.
5. It Helps Protect Your Brain and Keeps You Happy
Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day appears to protect against developing Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life. Additionally, it has been shown that those who drink coffee have increased mental sharpness and are smarter, happier, less stressed and have less occurrance of depression. Need we go on?
6. It will Keep Your Skin Looking Young, Vibrant, and Beautiful
Coffee is chock-full of antioxidants, which not only keep our insides healthy, but also keep us looking beautiful on the outside. Caffeine appears to reduce the effects of aging on our skin and has also been shown to protect against skin cancer.
7. It Will Protect You From Cancer
Drinking coffee in moderate amounts protects us from many forms of cancer including endometrial, breast, prostate, and skin cancer.