It’s the first thing many Americans drink in the morning, and has become a daily ritual for 66 percent of adults. Nevertheless, past studies suggested that coffee was to blame for stunting growth, the risk of heart disease and increased blood pressure. Those studies didn’t always reveal that heavy coffee drinkers also tended to be heavy tobacco users and lived a sedentary lifestyle, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Today, the latest studies agree – coffee drinkers live longer. JAMA Internal Medicine reports that people who drink two to three cups of coffee per day have a 12 percent lower risk of early death than people who don’t drink coffee at all. It’s great news for coffee lovers.
What’s in the bean? Coffee beans contain minerals and vitamins, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Coffee also contains antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, which helps lower high blood pressure, reduce inflammation and increase metabolism. A daily cup of coffee can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease in adults and Alzheimer’s disease, WebMD reports.
9 Awesome Benefits of Coffee
- Boosts energy levels
- Reduces fatigue
- Linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- Supports brain health
- Increases metabolism
- Linked to a lower risk of depression
- Could protect against liver conditions
- Supports heart health
- Could increase longevity