Coffee and Health: Reasons to Drink Three or More Cups a Day

Every couple of months a new study comes out that completely contradicts the previous one with relation to our health and well being. If we followed all of these we’d be a constant state of change. So, what’s a level headed person to do? My opinion is to keep things in moderation and try and eat the way my grandparents ate. This means enjoy my coffee and eggs in the morning. And try and eat less processed foods. I drink about 2-3 cups of coffee per day and am glad that the latest study is supporting this for many health reasons.

Coffee definitely gives a much needed boost of energy to start my day. It helps me think clearer and is just a relaxing way to begin my day. But there are other health benefits (at least that’s what the scientists are saying) to drinking coffee.

Antioxidants
Arabica coffee beans contain antioxidant compounds. By drinking 3 cups of coffee a day you can lower your markers for oxidative DNA damage in just one month. The good news this is a benefit whether you drink regular or decaf coffee.

Mood Improvement
People who drink four cups or more of coffee daily are about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than non-coffee drinkers according to a National Institutes of Health stud. Researchers think caffeine is a minor antidepressant which impacts neurotransmitters such as dopamine.

Performance
Not only does coffee seem to aid in cognitive abilities, but in physical activities as well. In a recent study, cyclists were given different drinks: coffee, decaf coffee and a placebo drink. They were then asked to perform a cycling test. The caffeinated group was faster the non-caffeinated group.

Long Term Health Benefits

Better Brain Function
Coffee can reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s. Participants over age 65 that had shown early signs of Alzheimer’s drank about 3 cups of coffee per day, they did not show any more progression of the disease after being tracked for 2 plus years. However, those who did not drink coffee showed signs that the disease was progressing.

Curb Diabetes
A meta-analysis in the European Journal of Nutrition stated that for every two cups of regular or decaf coffee you consume per day, your risk for type 2 diabetes decreases by 10 to 12 percent.

Protect Your Liver
You can protect your live by just drinking two cups of coffee per day. This is especially important for daily alcohol drinkers.