9 Reasons Why (the Right Amount of) Coffee Is Good for You
What are the top health benefits of drinking coffee?
Your brew gives you benefits beyond an energy boost. Here are the top ways coffee can positively impact your health:
Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
That’s the theory behind studies that found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.
Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body. Read how drinking coffee might actually help you manage stress.
Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it may also help those with the condition better control their movements.
Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.
Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.
One in 23 women develop colon cancer. But researchers found that coffee drinkers — decaf or regular — were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. But the caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing the condition. In fact, researchers found that women age 65 and older who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop dementia in general. Read more.
For women, drinking at least one cup of coffee a day is associated with lowered stroke risk, which is the fourth leading cause of female deaths.
How much coffee is safe for women to drink each day?
It’s true, you can have too much of a good thing. Eonxcessive intake of caffeinated coffee can make you jittery and cause:
- Increased heart rate
- Raised blood pressure
- Trouble falling asleep
So how much coffee is the optimal amount to drink to get all the benefits, but avoid the negative side effects? See are you consuming your coffee correctly
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s safe for most women to drink three to five cups of coffee a day with a maximum intake of 400 milligrams of caffeine. (Caffeine content can vary depending on the type of coffee, but an average 8-ounce cup has 95 milligrams.)
But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, the rules are different. Check with your obstetrician before adding caffeine into your diet.
Vizthum also cautions, “Caffeine tolerance is different for everyone. You want to do what makes you feel good. You can still get some of the potential health benefits by drinking one cup of coffee a day, or even by drinking decaffeinated coffee.”
Also, remember that what you add to your coffee can make a difference in how healthy the beverage really is. Instead of loading up on cream and sugar, Vizthum suggests adding up to two tablespoons of milk, milk substitute or half- and- half, and using naturally sweet spices and flavorings. Try stirring in a ¼ teaspoon of the following for extra flavor:
- Vanilla extract
- Cocoa powder
“The bottom line is that coffee is one part of your lifestyle,” adds Vizthum. “Some of the factors that make a bigger impact on your health are eating a balanced diet, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. Drinking coffee should just be an addition to those key health factors.”
Marina White has run over 150 marathons, including one on all 7 continents and all 50 states and holds a Guinness World Record as the youngest woman to run 100 Marathons.
"When it comes to coffee, I just can’t get enough! I have tried countless varieties, ranging from instant-made at 15,000 feet on Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, to premium Blue Mountain coffee in the hills of Jamaica, all the way to a local Starbucks or a cute Mom & Pop store in my hometown. Everywhere I go, I try a cup-- or five!! So, when I encountered Doctors' Choice coffee at the Water to Wine half earlier this month, I was intrigued to discover what made this coffee better than the others. I first tried the Paleo blend. I was immediately struck by the aromatic scent of the blend, and equally as delighted by the smooth and almost creamy flavor of the coffee. I loved learning about the functionality of the varieties- such as extra nutrients or fitness functions. I was soon off the run my race, and noticed that for all 13.1 miles, I felt light on my feet with a continuous energy. This is in contrast to other runs, that I kick-off with my usual home brew or a Starbucks, which can leave my mouth feeling parched and my body dragging in the last few miles. After the race, I was back to try the Fat-burning blend. What a pleasure—such a sweet and rich flavor! There was no harsh acid bite, and absolutely no need for my usual milk, cream or sugar. Anyone who wants to truly savor the coffee experience should certainly make Doctors' Choice a part of the daily routine! What more can you ask for than a delicious taste with a ton of extra benefits such as fat burning and increased energy!?"