One Cup, Two Cup: The Many Health Benefits of Coffee

To all avid coffee drinkers, I raise high my cup o’ joe to the health benefits of the drink we love best. Coffee has been looked down upon with proposed health risks, but I want to share why we should reach out to our non- coffee drinkers and promote this wonderful bliss.

There are many advantages to coffee, which will just make you love it more. According to researchers at Poliquin, coffee has shown to decrease the total risk of mortality and these figures were even slightly higher for women. Yay ladies! They also found that coffee lowers the risk of different kinds of cancers, including lung, prostate, breast, endometrial, pancreatic, stomach and colon cancer. The antioxidants that are in the drink help with protection against cancer. These antioxidants also improve cholesterol health.

Coffee does not just stop there; Poliquin researchers saw that it also lowers the risk of heart disease and heart attack. The intake of coffee can serve to protect the cardiovascular system. Along with this, it also helps your vascular system. Coffee increases your nitric oxide production, which increases the health of your blood vessels. Why thank you, I will have another cup of coffee!

One 8-week study showed significant lowered blood pressure results in a habitual coffee drinker. I have questioned drinking coffee from time to time, but I am certainly pleased by reading this information to keep on enjoying my caffeine, especially during those long nights studying biology.

As society demands, we all try to keep up with the skinnies and try to lose weight; well, coffee plays a role in this, too. Coffee drinking can raise your metabolism and can also direct your body to burn fat instead of things your body really needs.

Along with keeping up with society, we have to keep up with our daily busy lives. I know with trying to keep up with my schoolwork, working, and just living on campus with other “lively” young adults, a cup a coffee (or five) can really help my production towards its finest.

Poliquin researchers saw that caffeine has shown to increase power, strength, recovery, reaction time, and best of all, motivation. These are very key elements in many of our student lives.

There are so many more cases to be made about how awesome coffee is, like how participants in a Men’s Fitness research drank three to five cups of coffee a day, had a 65 percent decreased chance of getting Alzheimer’s or dementia in their later life.

So instead of criticizing this beautiful drink, you may want to look into more of the benefits it has, and grab yourself a venti pike on your way to work or class.

Alicia, a Biology major, loves to go to concerts, travel, and spend time with friends and family. She also wants lots of tattoos.

Alicia Calkins


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