If you look there is almost a coffee shop on every corner. Coffee is probably one of the world’s most popular drinks. Whether you have your favorite mug that you wake up to or grabbing a latte at your favorite spot, many don’t go a day without it. The caffeine picks you up and the steaming joe is just so soothing.
The good news is that there are a ton of health benefits from drinking coffee. Studies show that you could be getting a lot more from drinking coffee than you thought. Of course we are going to think black coffee with little cream or sugar. Too much of anything in your coffee is going to weaken the benefits it may have. Again studies show that coffee drinkers tend to have much lower risk of several serious diseases and most of the benefits are for women.
Top 7 Health Benefits of Coffee
Helps Fight Depression
Yes, depression is a very serious mental disorder that can drastically reduce that quality of one’s life and those around them. Studies show that about 4% of people in the United States could currently be declared clinically depressed.
A study published in 2011 from Harvard, stated that women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had almost a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study found that of over 200,000 people found that those who drank at least four cups per day of coffee were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
Less Likely to Develop Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is the number two most common neurodegenerative condition. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s which makes it even more of a focal point.
Studies show that coffee drinkers have a risk reduction rate of 32-60%. This is only with people who drink regular coffee and not decaf. Studies on people who drink decaf don’t show a lower risk of Parkinson’s.
Can Improve Physical Performance
When it comes to coffee it can definitely help with your performance. Caffeine not only increases your adrenaline levels in your blood but it also helps with signaling fat chells to break down body fat.
Epinephrine is a fight or flight hormone that helps prepare your body for intense physical exertion. Caffeine also breaks down body fat and thus makes free fatty acids available as fuel. This is one of the reasons we suggest a cup or two of coffee 30 minutes before you workout.
Helps You Burn Fat
As you can tell from benefit three above caffeine is great when it comes to helping burn fat. In fact caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplement on the market. When it comes to the aid in burning fat coffee (caffeine) is one of the best natural substances.
Studies have shown that caffeine can specifically increase fat burning in obese people by as much as 10% while almost a 30% increase in fat burning for people who are lean.
Risk of Colon Cancer Decreases
1 out of 23 women will develop colon cancer. However, researchers have found people who drink decaf or regular coffee were 26% less likely to develop colon cancer.
Improves Reaction Times and Energy Levels
Coffee tends to wake people up and give you that energy boost due to its natural stimulant called caffeine. Almost everything we’ve talked about to this point benefits from caffeine. Caffeine is the world’s most consumed psychoactive substance.
Many of the controlled human studies show that coffee improves memory, energy levels, mood, and general mental functions.
May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes
For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem affecting millions of people worldwide. People who drink coffee tend to have 20-50% lower risk of getting this disease.
Coffee Loved By Many
The bottom line is that coffee is loved by many and in many ways it has a number of great health benefits especially for women. Your daily cup or two of joe can help you burn fat, feel more vibrant and energized, it may also lower your risk of several conditions.
Just How Much Coffee Though?
So just how much coffee is safe for you as a woman to drink daily? To be honest the simple answer is a cup or two daily is more than enough. But as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Too much coffee can not only make you jittery but it can also cause you to have anxiety, increase heart rates, raise in blood pressure and trouble falling asleep.
If you are looking to get the most out of the health benefits of coffee without the side effects stick to below 400 milligrams of caffeinated coffee per day. This all depends on the type of coffee but most regular coffees have about 95 milligrams of caffeine per cup. So four 8oz cups of caffeinated coffee should put you under the 400 per day or so.
If you are a woman who is expecting or breastfeeding please check with your doctor. This is the safest and most effective way before adding caffeine to your diet. Everyone has a different caffeine tolerance and make sure you don’t overdo what works for you. When in doubt just go with a cup per day to be on the safe side.
Also stay away from too much sugar and/or creamers. Try adding naturally sweet spices and flavors such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla or cardamom.
Side Effects of Too Much Coffee (caffeine)
Just like anything in life you have to balance something being good for you and making sure not to over do it. Too often we find something that works and go overboard and make something that was great not so great. The same can be said with coffee. Since coffee contains caffeine we have to be careful. Moderation is key.
Now that we have looked at some of the benefits of coffee, let’s look at some of the side effects of too much caffeine.