Here at MidwestFit, some of us live by coffee. It is our morning fuel. It is what gets us up for the early workout or office cram session. Ahh that savory smell. But is coffee good for you? Well, a lot of recent information is starting to say that YES, it can be. When reading the following benefits try to remember that too much of a good thing can always be bad. Caffeine alone is extremely addictive and when we drink coffee it is almost always limited to 1 cup a day. Also, it is important to know that as a fitness athlete, you should always stay hydrated. This is especially true when drinking coffee as it can cause dehydration.
Ok, enough with that, here are the wonderful benefits:
1. It Could Lower Women’s Depression.
According to a Harvard study women who drink coffee have a lower risk of depression as opposed to women who do not drink coffee.
2. It Does The Brain Good.
A study in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggested that coffee has an ingredient that interacts with caffeine to boost levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that seems to be capable of fighting off Alzheimer’s in mice.
3. It Could Ward Off The Most Common Form of Cancer.
The American Association of Cancer Research has found that coffee could ward off basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of cancer on the planet. Women who drank coffee saw a 20% lower risk while men saw a 9% risk decrease.
4. It Contains Antioxidants
“Antioxidants, those healthy compounds most often associated with fruits and vegetables. While the amount of antioxidants per serving is indeed much higher in things like berries, beans, and pecans, these foods are consumed less frequently than coffee.” (Source: Cnn.com)
5. It Could Ward Off Prostate Cancer
“A Harvard School of Public Health study shows that men who drink six cups of coffee a day have a 60 percent decreased chance of developing a dangerous form of prostate cancer, as well as a 20 percent decreased chance of developing any other kinds of prostate cancer.” (Source: The Huffington Post)
6. It Could Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
“Drinking coffee lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60 percent in a 2006 study that included people at high risk for the disease. Even former coffee drinkers were less likely to develop the disease than those who never drank it.” (Source: Divine Caroline)
7. It Could Benefit Your Workout
“Coffee before workouts has been shown to be an excellent option for drinking 30 to 60 minutes prior to hitting the gym. As we all know, the caffeine in coffee provides you with greater energy and focus. These same benefits can have a great positive effect on your workouts. You will feel a greater amount of energy, you will be more focused on your exercises and will find a little extra something to help you complete that last rep. ” (Source: Miss Fit Chick)