COFFEE has previously been associated with increased health risks in the past. However, more recent studies have suggested otherwise, that coffee might just actually be GOOD FOR YOU (you'll look happy and healthy).

 
In moderation, coffee is beneficial for most people. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that’s up to a maximum of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. On average, it takes about 30 minutes for the effects of caffeine to kick in, and as you know, caffeine can wake you up, make you feel energized and alert, boost your mood, and improve concentration.
 

CAFFEINE is what we typically associate with coffee, but did you know that coffee contains ANTIOXIDANTS and other helpful substances too?

Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D., a research nutritionist for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, says that coffee contains polyphenols or plant compounds that have antioxidant properties in them that may help reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease. Studies have also found that decaffeinated coffee has similar amounts of antioxidants as normal coffee. This means that you can still get the potential health benefits of coffee, even even if it is decaffeinated! How cool is that?
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Benefits of Drinking Coffee:

 Your body may process sugar better

Since your body processes glucose more efficiently, it has been theorized that coffee may in turn lessen the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes

Lowers the risk of stroke and heart failure

Both are considered in the top 5 leading causes of death according to the World Health Organization 

Decreases risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's disease

Caffeine may provide protection against developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and it may also help those with the condition better control their movements.

Protective effect on the liver and colon

Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diseases involving their liver and colon. They are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee. Plus, it may also lower the severity and recurrence of colon cancer in patients who already have it.

Your DNA will be stronger

In particular, dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands. Breakage occurs naturally but may lead to something more serious if not repaired by your cells.

 

In general, recent studies have found that moderate amounts of coffee may actually help you live longer.

The potential benefit of coffee could go even further because it’s possible that it may be overriding the effects of unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and having an unhealthy diet. That said, coffee can be “addictive” in the sense that people can develop reliance on it since tolerance builds over time. Caffeine tolerance is different per person and too much caffeine in one’s system may cause an increased heart rate, raised blood pressure, anxiety, sleep troubles, and jitters. However, it’s always helpful to remember to enjoy things—coffee included—in moderation because you CAN have too much of a good thing.

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