I love coffee. And I know I’m not alone.
My morning cup of coffee is a sacred time. A time to read, reflect, snuggle my dogs, and prepare for the day’s domination. OK, sometimes I mindlessly scroll through twitter, too. I also love that the thing that brings me relaxation and comfort is also simultaneously giving me a jolt of caffeine that will fuel the aforementioned domination.
The best part? I don’t have to rationalize this behavior. It’s not like telling yourself your Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough is full of calcium– Coffee has several proven health benefits and is linked with many others! Woo hoo!
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7 Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee Contains Important Nutrients
Coffee is more than just tasty black energy water. It contains important nutrients like vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. If you’re eating the typical Western Diet, it’s good to get some extra nutrients from coffee!
Coffee Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important because they help you fight inflammation. They also neutralize free radicals, which seek to damage or kill our cells. Antioxidants help repair damaged cells, as well as fight signs of aging, cancer, and other diseases.
Most Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do fruits and vegetables. Drink up!
Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Many Diseases
Drinking coffee has been linked with the prevention of several life-threatening diseases, such as:
- Alzheimer’s: Drinking 3-5 cups a day mid-life was associated with a 65% decrease of Alzheimer’s later in life (source).
- Parkinson’s: Drinking caffeinated coffee is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s Disease (source).
- Type II Diabetes: 3-4 cups a day can significantly decrease Type II Diabetes risk, and each additional cup may lower the risk by 7% (source). Antioxidants may also boost cells’ sensitivity to insulin (source).
- Liver and Colorectal Cancers: 2+ cups may reduce the risk of liver cancer by about 40% (source). 4+ cups can reduce colon cancer risk by 15% (source).
- Heart Disease: Coffee may protect against damage to the arteries caused by inflammation (source).
- Stroke: Coffee consumption may be inversely related to stroke risk (source).
- Liver Cirrhosis and Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease: Research shows that drinking coffee can protect against liver cirrhosis (source), and consuming 4+ cups a day may help prevent and protect against the progression of NAFLD (source).
- Skin Cancer in Women: Caffeine intake is associated with a reduction in the risk of basal cell carcinoma, mostly in women (source).
Sometimes caffeine is an important factor, so read the connected studies if you’re trying to prevent something specific and prefer decaf! By the way, who drinks decaf!? :)
Coffee Improves Physical and Mental Performance
Yes, coffee wakes you up. But it also does other cool things like improves your brain function, logical reasoning, memory, reaction time, and vigilance. Some of these factor in to what we consider “intelligence,” so it’s safe to say coffee makes you smarter.
Coffee Helps you Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance
Coffee can increase your metabolism by 3-11%. It tells our bodies to release adrenaline, and to breakdown stored fat and release it into the bloodstream.
This adrenaline and fuel in the bloodstream can boost athletic performance, helping people run faster, lift more, have more endurance, and burn more fat. Woo hoo! Try drinking coffee about 30 minutes before a workout.
Coffee Lowers the Risk of Depression and Suicide
Statistics show that nearly everyone will become depressed at some point in their lives, and many will struggle with suicidal thoughts. A recent Harvard study showed that women who drink 4+ caffeinated cups per day were 20% less likely to become depressed. A similar study unveiled a strong inverse relationship with coffee and suicide. People who drank 2+ cups of caffeinated coffee per day were almost 50% less likely to commit suicide.
Coffee May Help You Live Longer
Although we’ve already covered several reasons that support this point, it’s still exciting: there’s a strong correlation between coffee drinkers and a lower risk of death. I’m not sure what you’re waiting for, so start brewing! Check out our giveaway below for your chance to win free, amazing coffee that GIVES BACK! And don’t forget to tell your friends!
There are an estimated 27 million slaves and 153 million orphans worldwide. Many mainstream coffee brands use slave labor and sell you low quality coffee. Changing up the coffee you buy is one of the easiest ways to lower your slavery footprint.Enter Gobena.
Buy purchasing Gobena (pronounced gō•bĭn•ŭh) coffee, you are supporting a fair trade, sustainable company. You are also supporting Lifesong for Orphans, since Gobena generously gives 100% of their profits to orphan care. Now there’s a cup of coffee you can feel good about!
Gobena purchases their coffee beans fresh and in season, and imports them as soon as the farmers finish the drying process. They are roasted in small batches to bring out the specific flavor notes in each bean. My husband and I are self-proclaimed coffee snobs and we have loved the freshness of each bag in our Coffee Club box!
Gobena’s Inspiring Start
Gobena has such an inspiring story. Founders Steve and Danae traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their little girl, Eva. She had been abandoned near the land of a 70-year old farmer, Gobena, and his wife Mulunesh. The couple realized they couldn’t take care of her, so they traveled 150 miles to the nearest police station. There they heard about adoption, and eventually Eva found her forever family. Gobena’s courage and selfless heart inspired Steve and Danae to start this organization, where 100% of profits are reinvested into orphan care through Lifesong for Orphans.
I know you’ve been waiting for this part! In continuing their generosity, Gobena is giving away TWO free bags of coffee to one lucky winner! Please follow the instructions and enter the giveaway as many times as you want! Please help spread the word about this amazing company. Great Coffee for a Great Cause. What more could you ask for?
Don’t be shy, go ahead and order some coffee while searching around their site. We have been getting the 3-week Coffee Club subscription box for a few months now, and have really enjoyed it. You can purchase individual bags or a less frequent subscription if you are interested.
Excited to change the world with you,
I love coffee – and didn’t know all of the benefits. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk. I’m one of the co-hosts and would love for you to join me – I’m giving away TWO copies of TWO books in honor of Mother’s Day. :)
I have found such great stuff on Tuesday Talk! Thanks for hosting! :) I’ll check out those books- so exciting! Thank you for stopping by, Sarah!
Love Gobena coffee and what they’re doing!
ME TOO! Thankful for the opportunity to support a great cause as I fuel up for the day ;) Thanks for reading!!
Since I just realized I mistakenly bought decaf & have been dragging for almost a week now, I definitely NEED to win some coffee! YAY Freedom!
I still can’t believe this happened! You need to have coffee BEFORE you go to the store to buy it so you are awake enough to NOT choose decaf, haha!! :)
A very informative article, thanks so much – I really learned a lot about coffee on your blog.
That’s awesome– thanks Brian!!
I know what you mean about coffee being sacred time – it’s my morning ritual for recalibrating my thoughts and goals. I’ve not heard of Gobena before this blog, so I will be looking for it in local stores (and checking out the website). Great to hear that they are fair trade – maybe I will find them in at Ten Thousand Villages :D – thanks for the opportunity to try something new!
Yes Tanya- a ritual is such a great description of that morning time :) I love it! I’m glad you’re checking out Gobena- such an awesome organization! My fave thing about their subscription box is FREE SHIPPING… which is what pushed me to try it out- and I’m so glad I did. I was searching for a fair trade coffee club, but they were pretty pricey. Thanks for stopping by! :)
I love the taste of coffee and all the great flavor combinations that can be made with coffee.
YES Holly! I agree!! :) Thanks for entering our competition!!
I was not knowing all these benefits of Coffee, it’s amazing. Thanks a million for sharing. Keep sharing and caring. Wish you luck.