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Benefits of Coffee

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By - Jennifer Raskin-

5 Little-Known Facts About the Benefits of Coffee for Reawakening Your Body

Are you the kind of person that refuses to start your day without a nice hot cup of coffee? You’re not alone. Millions of people around the world feel the same way. And while this habit was once the subject of criticism, more and more research is proving what coffee lovers the world over have been saying for years – coffee is good for you.

Well, in appropriate doses that is. And without cream or sugar being added in. So there’s that. But hey, if you love a black cup of coffee as much as I do, then you’re well on your way to reaping the many benefits of coffee. Here are 5 little-known facts about the health benefits of coffee.

Coffee gives you loads of antioxidants
Berries have long been touted as one of the best sources of antioxidants out there. You may want to sit down for this and pour yourself a cup of black coffee while you’re at it. Research has found that coffee contains huge amounts of powerful antioxidants like hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols which are responsible for improving your overall health, plus they help keep away several diseases too. So go on, have another cup.

It protects against type 2 diabetes
America, in particular, has a massive epidemic on its hands with a number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The good news is that studies have shown that an increase in the amount of coffee you drink can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. So drink more coffee, but leave the cream, sugar, and additives out of it.

It could very well keep you alive for much longer
Researchers are also discovering that coffee might just be the magic potion we’ve all been looking for in regards to increased longevity. Accordingly, consuming 4 to 5 cups of it daily may be responsible for avoiding premature death. I think we can all raise our coffee mugs to that!

Coffee even has health benefits for your smile
The last thing you think about for a healthy smile is coffee, and while it does pose some whitening challenges, Brazilian researchers have found that drinking strong black coffee kills off the bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay. And that’s not all. It may even be responsible for preventing gum disease too!

The USDA says you should drink it for your overall health
In 2015 when the USDA released new dietary guidelines, they endorsed coffee for better health and well-being overall. Because numerous studies have proven that coffee can prevent or reduce risks for certain diseases as well as that hefty dose of natural antioxidants, the USDA says to go for those 3 to 4 cups of coffee each day.

But, as you may have already guessed, the USDA also says to keep those cups of coffee free of additives. If you habitually add cream, sugar or flavoring into your coffee, the time to break that habit is now and learn to go dark on your coffee to lighten up your health.

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