Health benefits of coffee – like you needed an excuse

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE coffee. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to coffee! I tend to go a little overboard and drink too much, but fortunately there are actually some health benefits to drinking coffee:
  • Studies show that coffee drinkers have lower rates of diabetes, Parkinson's disease and liver disease.
  • It contains loads of antioxidants.
  • In moderation, coffee has been shown to lower the risk of heart rhythm disturbances – in turn lowering the risk of stroke.
  • It even lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's: According to WebMD, “A 2009 study from Finland and Sweden showed that, out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years, those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.”
Keep in mind that moderation is key: too much coffee can cause adverse effects like insomnia, irritability, headaches, increased heart rate, indigestion and other issues. A cup or two a day will allow you to reap the benefits without the yucky side effects.
What about coffee during pregnancy? Women are advised to limit caffeine during pregnancy, but a little coffee is okay. Both the March of Dimes and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise women to keep their caffeine consumption under 200mg per day, which is the amount found in about 12 ounces of coffee. Keep in mind that there's also caffeine in chocolate, tea, sodas and some pain relievers. Even decaf has a little caffeine!

I'm pretty wishy-washy about my coffee, but my current obsession is adding brown sugar (super healthy, I know!) and frothy milk! How do you drink your coffee?


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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist specializing in skincare and women's health. She shares recipes and resources on Everblossom to help others live a more holistic lifestyle. She lives in Fargo, ND with her huge family and lots of houseplants.

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12 Responses

  1. DeDa Studios

    I love Coffee! I can drink it anyway! lol But my favorite is a bold coffee with with frothy half & half! Not the best healthy coffee but delicious!

  2. Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition

    Loved your post! I too LOVE coffee and can drink it black or with a little non-fat creamer. I love Starbucks skinny mocha on a girls day. Like you said moderation is key and to not go crazy and drink a entire pot of it. (Shhh I have done that before). I limit myself now to drinking my 2 cups and make sure not to rush it, savor it. 🙂

  3. ginanorma

    I love these facts about coffee, I knew quite a few of them, thank you Kylie!!!

    Oh and I clean my coffee pot with vinegar too!

  4. Kourtney L.

    I have heard so many things before and against coffee, but I like the idea of everything in moderation. Coffee is such a nice treat in my day. I enjoy adding some rice milk to it and heating it up extra, extra hot.

    Thanks for the information and making me feel good about drinking coffee!

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