Coffee has been a polarizing topic the past few years with research going back and forth on the pros and cons of caffeine consumption.
So what are the benefits of coffee?
Is coffee healthy?
Yes! New research shows that coffee is beneficial to your health.
Besides being the healthiest energy drink, it's main stimulate, caffeine, positively impacts many areas of your health.
Here are 4 research based facts that show the benefits of drinking coffee
1. Coffee Helps To Boost Your Mood
Research showed that a drinking a cup of coffee (containing 75mg of caffeine) “every four hours can result in a pattern of sustained improvement of mood over the day”. Read more here.
2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
According to this article, the caffeine found in coffee can increase your body’s Metabolic Rate by 3-11%. Your Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories your body burns while resting. Drinking coffee is an easy way to help speed up your metabolism!
3. Coffee Provides Beneficial Antioxidants
Antioxidants help to protect your body from harmful environmental toxins. According to researcher Chris Kilham, “coffee is super-concentrated with antioxidants and is especially high in one group of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids….The bottom line? Coffee protects your body. This is a good thing”.
4. Coffee Helps To Protect Your Brain Health
Research shows that people who drank more than one cup of coffee had healthier brains (source). This research showed that for these benefits, you have to be consistent with your coffee consumption (1+ cups a day). No problem!
So How Much Caffeine Should You Drink Per Day?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends no more than 400mg of caffeine per day. This amounts to about 5 cups of coffee a day on the upper end of the guidelines. The EFSA also recommends getting no more than 200mg of caffeine in a single dosage.
Pregnant women should drop their daily caffeine intake to 200mg or less per day.
Keep in mind, these are the top limits. The best daily caffeine intake is around 1-3 cups of coffee a day depending on how your body handles it.
Best Types of Coffee:
Research doesn't seem to show any one type of coffee bean as being the best. However, it is recommended that you buy organic beans. Foods that are grown organically are free of pesticides, which means you get less harmful chemicals in your morning cup of coffee.
So whether your go-to coffee is a french press, an espresso, or a simply cold brew - know that drinking coffee will give your health a boost!
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Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Crossfit, reading large books, and drinking coffee.