Is there anything better than the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning? If you’re like billions of people across the globe, there’s no better feeling than taking that first sip of a warm, delicious cup of joe that gives you the energy to tackle your day.
It may be the chosen vice of many, but did you know coffee consumption can contribute to a healthier heart and longer life, too?
Here are just a few science-backed health benefits that are linked to your favorite morning beverage.
Boosts Heart Health
The path to a healthier heart could be just a cup away. No, really!
A recent Harvard study reports that drinking at least three cups of caffeinated black coffee daily may significantly reduce the risk of serious heart problems, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Heart Failure
The study also showed that consuming just two cups of decaffeinated coffee may lower a person’s risk of stroke by 11%.
Wards off Type 2 Diabetes
According to the CDC, of the 37+ million Americans living with diabetes, up to 95% of them suffer from type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body simply resists insulin, causing your body to work harder and resulting in spiked blood pressure. However, coffee contains an antioxidant that helps regulate and stabilize your blood pressure, thus reducing the workload on your pancreas. In fact, research published by the American Diabetes Association shows that every daily cup of black coffee consumed can actually reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 9%!
Improves Energy and Mood
Do you instantly feel better after a cup of coffee? It’s not just you! It turns out coffee’s mood-enhancing effects are proven to boost energy and even stave off depression. Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine studied 50,000 women and found that those who drank two to three cups of coffee daily were 15% less likely to develop depression.
Have a Cup or Two to Improve Your Health
It turns out that good, old-fashioned, black coffee (in moderation) can significantly decrease your chance of developing many serious health conditions and common diseases, including:
- Liver Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Certain Types of Cancer
- Gallstone issues
- High Blood Pressure
Is Coffee Right for You?
Every person is different, so it’s always best to talk to your doctor about how coffee can affect your heart and overall health. Be sure to add this to the list of topics to discuss with your primary care physician or Archbold cardiologist during your next appointment.