Coffee Talk: 5 Benefits of a Cup of Coffee Each Morning
Okay, let’s (coffee) talk. For many, that first morning cup o’ joe is what gets us from a stage of “I can barely function” to “okay, I can reply to a couple emails.” After the caffeine kicks in about a half hour later, we’re furiously typing away on our keyboards and are locked in for the day; our warm bed becomes nothing but a distant memory. But did you know that coffee does more than give you the wake up call you need to start a productive day? Whether you prefer a black coffee straight out of your home Keurig or have a Starbucks order that requires a bit of memorization, there are actually quite a few key health benefits to enjoying whatever coffee you please (in moderation) each morning! The Purecane™ team breaks down our favorite five below.
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1. Coffee Just Might Help You Live Longer
Recent studies, including one from Harvard, have shown that having around two cups of coffee a day equates to a 10% reduction in overall death for men and 15% for women. Further, women are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death, like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. Coffee helps ward off heart failure, as more weakened hearts who aren’t used to the effects of caffeine may have more difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.
2. You May Be Less Likely To Develop Heart Failure
Similarly to above, coffee (specifically caffeine) can help strengthen your heart muscles and ward off heart failure! More weakened hearts who don’t rely as much on the stimulating effects of caffeine may have more difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.
3. You’re Helping Out Your Liver
Whether your go-to is regular or decaf, your liver is thanking you! Research has shown that both have a protective effect; coffee drinkers are more likely to have healthier liver enzyme levels than those who don’t. If we wanted to get super technical with it, when your body digests caffeine, it makes a chemical called paraxanthine that actually slows the growth of scar tissue involved in fibrosis. Long story short, this helps fight liver cancer, some alcohol-related issues, and hepatitis C!
4. You May Decrease Your Risk of Getting Alzheimer’s
Caffeine is actually a protective factor in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has found that in women aged 65 and older who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop any form of dementia.
5. Coffee Creates a Healthy Ritual
Um, hello!? What about those who only drink decaf! Don’t worry, we’ll cover all the health benefits of decaffeinated coffee in another upcoming blog. But whether you choose caffeine in the mornings or not, drinking a cup of coffee each morning helps you develop a consistent, reliable, and healthy pattern. Once this is part of your daily routine, it becomes an automatic, calming, stress-free response that can help lead to less anxiety and irritation. This leads to a more-productive, healthier, happier, and mindful YOU!