Wait…Is Coffee Really Good for You?

By April 29, 2013Healthy Aging

While you may have grown up being told that coffee is not good for your health, many experts are now changing their tune. According to the latest data, coffee may actually be good for you! Here are the top three reasons coffee is now being touted as one of the healthiest beverages out there.

1.     Coffee Makes Your Brain More Alert

While you may think that coffee just gives you a jolt of energy, caffeine is actually a stimulant that works in the brain. Caffeine is able to block the effects of a neurotransmitter known as Adenosine. By blocking the Adenosine’s inhibitory effects, caffeine can increase the amount of neurons that fire in your brain. It also increases the release of feel-good chemicals like dopamine and norepinephrine.

2.     Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight

If you take a look at 99 percent of all over-the-counter weight-loss supplements, you’ll see that caffeine is one of (if not the) main active ingredients. This is because caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system. It single-handedly elevates your metabolism and increases the breakdown of fatty acids. It also gives you a little “get up and go” kind of feeling that will help to improve your physical performance. Trainers are now suggesting that people should consume caffeine at least 30-minutes before beginning a workout in order to gain the benefits of caffeine’s stimulating properties.

3.     Coffee Just Might Lower the Chances of Developing Type II Diabetes

As if the two reasons above weren’t enough reason to embrace caffeine, there’s one other benefit you may not be aware of and that’s the prevention of Type II diabetes. Over the last few decades, Type II diabetes has become an epidemic that affects more than 300 million people. Symptoms of Type II diabetes include high blood sugar levels that are caused by a resistance to insulin or the body’s inability to produce its own insulin.


Coffee has been associated with a decrease in the risk of developing diabetes. According to the compiled data, each additional cup of coffee you drink lowers your risk of developing diabetes by up to 7 percent. The more coffee you drink, the better your chances are of avoiding Type II diabetes.

With such encouraging news, you don’t have to worry about having one more cup of coffee each morning. Hey, it’s good for you, so get out there and drink up!

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