It’s likely coffee is a precious part of your daily routine, but maybe you question whether the habit is a healthy one. While this highly caffeinated beverage may not be for everyone, research increasingly supports its positive effects on health. Drinking coffee in moderation (one to three cups a day) could be your gateway to a number of emerging benefits.
Boost Liver Health
Researchers have found that as coffee increases blood circulation, it boosts the liver, which is the detoxifying powerhouse of the body. Increased coffee consumption has been linked with decreased liver disease in hepatitis C sufferers. And coffee may protect against cirrhosis, including the type caused by alcohol consumption.
Support Brain Health
Also linked with coffee’s power to boost circulation is enhanced brain health. With increased blood flow to the brain, you can enjoy higher cognitive performance. Coffee and caffeine may even protect against neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
If you’re a heavy-duty coffee drinker (i.e., you enjoy six or more cups a day), you may be significantly lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But if that much caffeine gives you the jitters, don’t worry: even moderate coffee consumption has been found to lower type 2 diabetes risk.
Improve Heart Health
Coffee has been linked to a lower risk of stroke, heart failure, and heart arrhythmia. Its antioxidants, cafestol and kahweol, have also been shown to balance cholesterol levels. However, to get these benefits, it’s best to enjoy unfiltered coffee, such as the type you get from a French press.
Drinking coffee may lower the risk of several types of cancer. In fact, a study published in Scientific Reports links coffee consumption with a reduced risk of melanoma, liver, endometrial, oral, prostate, and pharyngeal cancers.