5 Reasons to Refill Your Coffee Cup

Recent research has touted the benefits of drinking coffee. In the short term, coffee is linked to better focus, improved mood, and increased physical performance. In the long run, moderate coffee intake may reduce the risk of many common chronic diseases — like these five.

1. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common in our modern society, and one way to combat this metabolic disorder is through drinking coffee. A recent study out of the Harvard School of Public Health found that health professionals who increased their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day lowered their risk of type developing type 2 diabetes by 11%. On the other hand, people who reduced their coffee intake increased their risk by 17%.

2. Coffee Reduces Cancer Risk
The risk of developing several types of cancer may be affected by coffee consumption. Studies show that women who drink four or five cups of coffee per day have a reduced risk of developing one form of breast cancer known as estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer. Higher coffee intake is also linked to a lower risk of prostate, endometrial, head and neck, colorectal, and liver cancer.

3. Coffee is Linked to Reduced Obesity
Drinking more coffee may help support healthier body weight and fat levels. This may be due to the slight increase in metabolic rate from caffeine intake or from the antioxidants in coffee that fight inflammation and oxidative stress. Research has shown that women who drink two or three cups of coffee per day have 3-5% lower body fat than women who consume less coffee.

4. Coffee Prevents or Reduces Dementia Risk
The antioxidants and caffeine in coffee also protect our brains by reducing neuroinflammation and fighting against harmful plaque buildups that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Regularly drinking between three and five cups of coffee per day may decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 20 percent.

5. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Depression
Lastly, coffee is a mood-booster — both in the short and long term. In an extensive study of over 50,000 women, those who drank two or three cups of coffee per day were 15% less likely to develop depression over 10 years.

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