While many of us cannot imagine Monday morning — or any other morning for that matter — without a steaming hot cup of coffee by our side, coffee can do much more than get us going and boost our energy. While coffee has traditionally been thought of as a stimulant that can make us nervous and jittery if we overindulge, it turns out regular coffee consumption is linked to some impressive health and fitness benefits. Consider the following:
Coffee and the heart
Studies have been unable to find a direct link between drinking coffee and an increased chance of developing heart disease, the Mayo Clinic reports. In fact, most research has found that consuming coffee on a regular basis leads to a reduced chance of early mortality, as well as a possible decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, notes Heart MD Institute, a meta-analysis by researchers in China looked at over 20 studies that involved more than 400,000 subjects. After examining the data, they concluded that drinking coffee does not increase a person’s chances of developing arterial disease. Conversely, women who consume about two cups a day have a decreased risk.
Coffee and type 2 diabetes
Interestingly, coffee also seems to help prevent type 2 diabetes. People who regularly drink coffee have a lowered risk of developing the health condition, As WebMD notes. After looking at nine studies on coffee’s effect on type 2 diabetes, researchers concluded people who drink six or seven cups a day are 35 percent less likely to get the disease. Granted, this is a large amount of coffee, even for the most devoted java lover. Fortunately, the studies also found that drinking four cups a day leads to a 28 percent lower risk. Generally speaking, the researchers felt the naturally-occurring minerals in coffee like chromium and magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels.