9 Really Cool Benefits Of Drinking Coffee

by Estelle Low
FOOD  |  July 31, 2017
  • Coffee is good for you in many ways
    1 / 10 Coffee is good for you in many ways

    Coffee has way more benefits than just keeping you alert. Here are nine research-backed ones. Feel free to sip it up!

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  • Boosts your metabolism
    2 / 10 Boosts your metabolism

    Coffee contains caffeine, and caffeine is one of the few substances that has been found to speed up fat burn, especially in younger and leaner people. Studies have shown coffee to be able to spike metabolism rate by 3 to 11 per cent. To enjoy the calorie burn, skip the latte and go for black coffee. Cut out the sugar and milk to avoid unnecessary calories.

    (Also read: 8 Ways to Increase Metabolism & Burn Fat Faster)

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  • Improves your physical performance
    3 / 10 Improves your physical performance

    Ever downed coffee shortly before exercising? You would have felt a surge in energy and focus, leading to an improvement in speed, agility, strength, endurance, reaction time et. cetera, thanks to caffeine activating certain parts of your brain and nervous system. All critical to running faster, nailing a shot, or finishing bootcamp class in good shape.

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  • Makes you happier
    4 / 10 Makes you happier

    Having four or more cups of coffee a day cuts your risk of depression by about 20 per cent, says Harvard School of Public Health research. Caveat: The coffee has to be caffeinated. Drinking decaf, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and other beverages containing less caffeine doesn’t produce the same effect. From August 3 to 6, get your coffee fix at the Singapore Coffee Festival. Held at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, the event will offer coffee drinks and goodies from cafes, including Common Man Coffee Roasters and Chye Seng Huat Hardware. (Here are six coffee drinks you must try.) There will also be other activities like yoga classes, coffee-related workshops and talks by industry experts. For more info or tickers, visit www.sgcoffeefestival.com.

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  • Lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes
    5 / 10 Lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes

    Who knew that your daily cup of joe could help fight a chronic disease like diabetes? Several studies, including one in the journal Diabetologia, found that drinking at least three cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by up to 50 per cent. Coffee contains many compounds that are known to reduce insulin resistance.

    (Also read: 6 Ways to Reduce Your Diabetes Risk)

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  • Keeps your brain healthy
    6 / 10 Keeps your brain healthy

    A study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found caffeine to be particularly useful in protecting against mental health diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. When middle-aged coffee drinkers had three to five cups a day, their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease dropped by about 65 per cent later in life. Other studies have also shown a similar preventive effect for Parkinson’s disease.

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  • Protects your liver
    7 / 10 Protects your liver

    Coffee contains a particular ingredient that helps to prevent alcoholic cirrhosis (long-term liver damage from alcohol) by up to 80 per cent, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The effect was most pronounced in those who drank large quantities of alcohol. That doesn’t mean you should go binge drinking, though.

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  • Reduces your risk of cancer
    8 / 10 Reduces your risk of cancer

    It should come as no surprise that coffee has cancer-fighting properties, since coffee is loaded with antioxidants. In particular, coffee can slash your risk of liver cancer by about 40 per cent if you increase your consumption by two cups a day, according to research in Gastroenterology journal. Coffee has also been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in other studies.

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  • Cuts your risk of stroke
    9 / 10 Cuts your risk of stroke

    A recent study published in the journal Stroke found that those who drank at least one cup of coffee a day had a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. However, that benefit is negated for those who had seven or more cups of coffee a day, or if they were smokers. The bottomline: Leading an active, balanced lifestyle is still the key to staying healthy.

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  • Helps you live longer
    10 / 10 Helps you live longer

    In a large-scale study that examined the relationship between coffee and risk of mortality, it was found that drinking one to five cups of coffee a day reduced the likelihood of death among more than 200,000 men and women. Researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact reasons, but they note that coffee contains many compounds that help to lower insulin resistance as well as inflammation levels in the body.

    (Also read: 5 Reasons Not to Miss This Year’s Singapore Coffee Festival)

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