By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH
Ten health benefits of coffee? You bet! With research to back it up. Many people bash coffee as a wellness no-no, but I take a different approach. I think coffee, in moderation, is gold for your health- specifically black gold. I drink 2-5 cups a day, but the recommended dose is lower ( 2-3 cups a day.) I have very low blood pressure, which can make me feel sluggish and depressed, so coffee helps me both mentally and physically. Coffee also gives me a much needed boost in creativity and significantly enhances my ability to focus. I’m a runner and struggle with asthma ( now mild) so I drink black coffee before long runs, because it is a natural bronchodilator. That means it helps open our lungs and makes it easier to breathe. We all have to figure out the right dose of coffee for ourselves- most likely through a lot of trial and error.
Here are ten health benefits of coffee that you may not have been aware of. All studies were recent publications, unless otherwise stated:
1. If you struggle with low mood or depression, coffee, studies show coffee lowers the risk of depression .
I struggle with depressive feelings, and use coffee as a “boost” to get my mind and nervous system oiled for the day. Simply put, I think moving is an antidote to depression, and coffee helps me move. I wouldn’t drink coffee at night, because it has a long half life and can keep you up. Insomnia makes depression worse, and can even cause depression itself. But 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning? Heck yeah.
2. Coffee lowers the risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma. (Although it was shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, which might not actually be the case: My speculation is that people who smoke also drink a lot of coffee, so smoking confounded the relationship.)
Both of these illnesses are increasing, so keep this tip in mind.
( This is why I always save my coffee grounds and use them on my face. You don’t need to drop tons of $$$$ on skin products)
This is why you might want to drink coffee after or during a meal, but be careful that it doesn’t keep you awake at night.
I always drink coffee before working out at the gym. Always. Coffee is also a natural bronchodilator. If you have asthma, keep this tip in mind!
By the way, folks often ask me what brand of coffee I drink. My favorite is Brass Bullet Coffee. It’s not only a veteran-owned company, but they make brews from all around the world. I highly recommend it. The worst thing you can do is drink bad coffee. Now, take these ten health benefits of coffee and go impress some folks with your wisdom.
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