Coffee has often gotten an undeserved bad reputation. For example, you may have heard it can be hard on the digestive tract, that it can cause insomnia if you drink it too late in the evening, or that it may even raise your blood pressure, but coffee actually has some great benefits and isn’t such a bad thing after all!
Here are some of the ways coffee can benefit your health.
If you take your coffee black, it does not contain any calories or additives. Cream, sugar or artificial sweeteners are not good for your waistline or overall health, but coffee itself is an all natural food. Furthermore, coffee provides a caffeine for a pick me up without all of the added chemicals of energy drinks.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s response to insulin is decreased for a variety of reasons, leading to an insulin resistance that leaves the patient with high blood sugar. A study published in Current Diabetes Reviews states habitual coffee drinking (4 cups of coffee daily) lowers risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dark circles under the eyes are caused by many different factors, however coffee has been known to help reduce puffiness and inflammation associated with dark circles. Coffee is also great as far as skin aging is concerned. Skin aging is a response to free radicals that are in our bodies. These free radicals can result in premature skin aging giving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines because of a loss of the elasticity in the skin (mostly by the breakdown of collagen). Coffee contains antioxidants, which fight free radicals – the use of a coffee mask at night can improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Gout is an extremely painful buildup of uric acid in the greater toes. Its incidence is higher in the male population, although women can get gout as well. It turns out that coffee can actually help with this condition. In a study of over 45,000 men, long-term daily coffee consumption was associated with lowering the risk of gout attacks by 40%.
Don’t be afraid of that cup of joe!