Is coffee good for you? Science says yes.

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Listen, coffee is awesome. It’s the stimulant of choice for longevity, focus, and even performance at the gym.

But is coffee good for you?

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a round-up of why coffee is the nectar of the gods.

It makes you smarter.

Yup, it increases neural firing, and boosts cognitive function and memory. Check it.

It makes you shred at the gym.

Caffeine reduces the “rate of perceived exertion,” aka you can go harder and faster.


Helps you burn fat faster.

It raises metabolism and mobilizes fatty acids for use as energy. Shweet!

Reduces your risk of diabetes.

This study saw participants who drank at least three cups a day significantly reduced diabetes risk.

Coffee does not appear to be associated with poor health outcomes — the opposite is true. We should stop feeling guilty or feel we need to consume less.
Aaron E. Carroll for The New York Times


Cleans your liver.

Coffee significantly slows the progression of cirrhosis, the chronic liver damage that leads to liver disease and liver cancer.

Lowers risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Yep, coffee has been shown to slow cognitive decline, helping lower risk of degenerative diseases.

A natural antioxidant.

Get this: coffee contains tons of riboflavin, B vitamins, and even potassium!

Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Like stroke and all sorts of heart failure.

Reduces your risk of horrible cancers.

Like breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.

…Um, basically it reduces your RISK OF DEATH from everything.

Seriously, though.

Is it magic, you ask?

Honestly, we don’t know. So far no one has determined what properties make coffee so protective. (So…yes?)

Can I Drink Too Much?

So, is coffee good for you? Yes. But if you’re getting moody, jittery, or sweating profusely – yes, cut it down.

Rob van Dam of Harvard School of Public Health says, “we don’t see any negative effects of consuming up to six cups of coffee a day.”

Hold the Whip.

We’re talking black coffee here. (Or better yet, butter coffee), not a jumbo frappy fructose-o-ccino. All health benefits are off if you’re ordering giant sugar-laden “coffee” beverages.

A Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, for example, has 47g of sugar. That’s 12 sugar cubes. It looks like this:

Bottom line.

Coffee is awesome. Keep it between one to six cups a day. Enjoy superhuman powers.

Photos courtesy of The Incidental Economist, Pixabay, and Sugar Stacks.

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