75 Amazing Benefits of Coffee
That hot cup isn't just saving your morning, it could be saving your life.
Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages for a reason: It not only tastes good and gives you a serious jolt of energy, but it also has plenty of amazing, body-boosting benefits. Which, in all honestly, is a major bonus considering the fact that most people are simply pleased to have something to help them get through their morning meetings.
Whether you want to sip on coffee for its benefits that could potentially help you live longer and speed up your metabolism—or you love it for its ability to help fight off cellulite and help with balding—there are endless reasons to love your morning brew.
Health benefits of coffee:
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
A 2005 review published in JAMA suggests that those who enjoy drinking coffee every morning have a much lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So pour yourself a cup—just make sure you nix the cream and sugar.
Coffee Could Help Improve Your Coordination
Being coordinated is a true blessing, and if you could use some help in that department, you're not alone. A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found the caffeine in coffee can actually enhance neuromuscular coordination, making your brain send messages to your muscles faster. That helps with a lot of things, tripping on random cracks in the sidewalk included.
Coffee Can Make Your Eyes Less Puffy
You don't just need to drink coffee to reap the benefits. By placing your used, cooled-down coffee grounds on your under eye area for 15 to 20 minutes, you can give yourself the gift of looking a little less tired, all thanks to caffeine constricting the blood vessels beneath your skin, which reduces swelling and makes you look more, well, alive.
Coffee Could Help Reverse Liver Damage from Drinking
If you've hurt your liver from years of drinking, coffee could be the superhero you've been hoping for. In a 2016 review published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, researchers found drinking two cups of coffee a day had a 44 percent lower risk of ending up with liver cirrhosis. For more on healthy eating, here are a 20 Amazing Healing Foods.
Coffee Could Reduce Your Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's slowly develops over the years, causing tremors, slow movements, speech problems, and other health issues—but drinking coffee could play a role in preventing it: A 2007 study published in Movement Disorders found those who drank coffee every day had a lower risk of developing the disease than non-drinkers.
Coffee Could Help You Live Longer
OK, OK—so drinking coffee alone won't necessarily make you live longer. But researchers in a 2017 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine did find those who drink coffee appear to live longer than those who don't. In fact, one cup a day was associated with a 12 percent decreased risk while two or three cups had an 18 percent decreased risk.
Coffee Can Help Get Rid of Cellulite
The next time you notice some dimples, combine coffee grounds and coconut oil to help scrub them away. All right, it's not that easy—but after time, the caffeine in the mix will help reduce the appearance of cellulite by tightening up the area—and moisturize your skin in the process. For more ways to look great, here are 40 Ways to Guarantee Healthy Skin After 40.
Coffee Could Help You Burn More Calories
There still needs to be more research between coffee and weight loss, but it could help you burn more calories during the day. Because caffeine increases energy use whether you're at rest or not, the Mayo Clinic suggests it stimulates thermogenesis, which is just one of the ways you generate heat and energy from the food you're digesting.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease—a disorder of the blood vessels that leads to heart attacks, says the NIH—causes more than 600,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Luckily, coffee could help reduce the risk. A 2017 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests drinking your favorite brew might reduce your risk of dying from the disease.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke
Strokes are scary business, and drinking coffee could help reduce your risk of having one. In a 2017 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found those who love their daily brew had a reduced risk of death from many causes, strokes included.
Coffee Could Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
Coffee has been known for helping reduce the risk of cancer, and a 2016 study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention found drinking it could help cut it by a whopping 50 percent. But how much is needed to reap the benefits? Researchers say one or two cupts for a 26 percent reduced risk or more than 2.5 for a 50 percent-reduced risk.
Coffee Can Help Tighten Your Skin
As we age, we start to get a little droopy—but all sorts of face masks are popping up on the market to help with the problem, and a lot of them contain coffee. Instead of buying one, make your own at home by mixing coffee grounds and coconut oil for a soothing mask that contains caffeine to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Coffee Can Speed Up Your Metabolism
In need of a metabolic boost? Just look to your cup of coffee. An older study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests drinking it speeds up your heart rate because of how quickly it's absorbed into the blood stream and in turn increases your metabolism.
Coffee Could Lower Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Listen up, boys: According to a 2011 study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, regularly drinking coffee could lower your risk of developing prostate cancer because of its compounds do everything from reducing inflammation to regulating insulin. And get this: decaffeinated counts, too! And to learn more about prostate cancer, here one man reveals what it's like to have it.
Coffee Can Help Reduce Depression
If drinking a cup or two of coffee tends to make you feel good mentally, there's a reason for that: A 2013 study published in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry found drinking coffee actually acts as a mild antidepressant by boosting feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. After examining 44,000 men and 74,000 women, they found a few cups of brew reduced the risk of suicide by 50 percent.
Coffee Could Make Physical Activity Feel Easier
Have you ever found walking up the stairs to your apartment is a whole lot easier with caffeine in your system than it is without it? There's a reason for that: A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found coffee can decrease the sense of effort that's associated with physical activity, making regular tasks—or working out—not feel as awful.
Coffee Could Help Your Hair Grow
In a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers found caffeine could be a potential hair growth stimulant for men with androgenetic alopecia, a common type of hair loss. In fact, the growth of the hair follicles that were treated with caffeine increased 46 percent and the life cycle of the hair was extended by 37 percent.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Digestive Diseases
In a 2017 study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine of more than 521,000 people and 10 countries, researchers found those who drink coffee had a decreased risk of dying from digestive diseases, which means everything from Crohn's to celiac.
Coffee Could Reduce Your Risk of Melanoma
Sure, coffee isn't going to do as much good as sunscreen when it comes to protecting your skin, but it still has some benefits. A 2014 study published by the American Association for Cancer Research found drinking coffee can help reduce the risk of melanoma, which according to the American Cancer Society causes a large majority of skin cancer-related deaths.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Gout
If you don't know what gout is, hopefully you never have to find out: the type of arthritis comes about when there's excess uric acid in the bloodstream, but a 2007 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology found long-term coffee consumption could help decrease your risk because of its ability to decrease the levels.
Coffee Could Decrease Your Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Don't feel bad about those days you drink a little too much coffee: A 2016 study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found drinking a high consumption—we're talking more than four a day—can help reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the protective covering of the nerves in the brain, spine, and eyes. And not just a little—by 31 percent.
Coffee Could Help Protect Your Eyes
Want to keep your eyes healthy? Just drink some coffee. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that it can significantly help prevent retinal degeneration, which can result in everything from impaired vision and night blindness to light sensitivity.
Coffee Can Help Get Rid of Dandruff
Sure, you can buy expensive products to get rid of dandruff—or you can just use coffee. By mixing up some coffee grounds and coconut oil and rubbing the gritty mixture into your hair, you'll easily get rid of any dry or flaky skin on your scalp.
Coffee Could Help Prevent Cavities
Brushing isn't the only way to prevent cavities. While coffee is known to stain the teeth, it's also been found to protect them: A 2009 study published in the Journal of Conservative Dentistry found drinking coffee can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, but there's a catch—you have to drink it black. Because unfortunately adding in sugar isn't going to do your smile any good.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Liver Cancer
Hepatocellular cancer—which predominantly occurs in those who have chronic liver disease— is the most common form of liver cancer, and coffee can help reduce the risk of developing it. A 2017 study published in BMJ found it could be possible to see a 20 percent reduced risk by drinking one cup a day, 35 percent by drinking two, and 50 percent with five because of caffeine's ability to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.
Coffee Could Help With Erectile Dysfunction
Anyone who has had had problems in the bedroom can benefit from starting their day with coffee: A 2015 study published in the journal PLOS One found men who drank two to three cups a day are less likely to have erectile dysfunction.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Chronic Pain
Does staring at a computer all day constantly make your neck and shoulders ache? It turns out coffee might help reduce that work-related chronic pain. A 2012 study published in BMC Research Notes found 40 percent of the participants who had a daily cup of coffee felt less intensified pain than those who didn't drink coffee.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Weight
A 2016 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found drinking coffee might be able to help you lose weight thanks to caffeine's ability to increase thermogenesis, fat oxidation, and lipolysis. But more research still needs to be done, so don't count as your Starbuck runs as a way to drop the pounds. Especially if you're drinking something that's not simple, black coffee.
Coffee Could Help Lower Your Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Coffee doesn't only help reduce the risk of developing melanoma—it does the same for basal cell carcinoma too, which affects millions of people every year. A 2012 study of 113,000 participants published by the American Association for Cancer Research found those who drank a minimum of three cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing the skin cancer than those who didn't.
Coffee Can Help Soothe Inflammation
Coffee can help with inflammation in and outside of the body. If you apply a paste of coffee grounds and coconut oil to your face, the properties in caffeine can help reduce redness and even out your skin tone.
Coffee Could Help Protect Against Heart Failure
One easy way to keep your heart strong? Drink coffee—just don't overdo it. A 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure found drinking one or two cups each day could protect against heart failure, decreasing the risk by 11 percent. Drinking more than five cups, on the other hand, could actually do the opposite, potentially causing your body harm.
Coffee Could Help Protect You from Liver Fibrosis
According to a 2017 study published in the journal of Hepatology, drinking more than three cups of coffee each day could reduce your chances of developing liver fibrosis, which is when chronic inflammation causes scarring of the liver.
Coffee Could Help Protect Against Dementia
Coffee is pretty powerful—especially when it comes to dementia. In a 2017 study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found 24 compounds that could possibly boost a brain enzyme that protects against dementia, and caffeine is one of them.
Coffee Could Help Increase Libido in Women
Coffee doesn't just help men out in the bedroom—it's also great for women too. A 2005 study published in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior found caffeine can increase blood flow to the genitals, increasing the libido—but only for women who drink it once a week, max.
Coffee Can Help Get Rid of Wrinkles
By making a face mask using ground coffee and coconut oil and applying it to your face, you can get a more youthful glow without paying big bucks. The caffeine in coffee improves blood flow to the skin, encouraging cell turnover and helping improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Coffee Could Help Protect Against Breast Cancer
In a 2015 study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research on breast cancer patients who had been treated with the drug tamoxifen, researchers found those who drank at least two cups of coffee every day had half the risk of reoccurrence compared to those who drank less or didn't drink coffee.
Benefits of drinking coffee:
Coffee Could Help You Solve Problems
Whether it's something at work or something in your personal life, don't do any problem solving until you have coffee in hand. A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found drinking it up can give your brain a major boost, making it easier to figure things out.
Coffee Can Enhance Your Performance
There's no need to try anything crazy; the only performance enhancer you really need is coffee. Research has shown its ability to give workouts a boost and increase athletic performance, and that's exactly why you'll find so many Olympians drinking it: One report from the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found the majority of the 20,686 Olympic athletes analyzed had caffeine in their urine.
Coffee Could Help Suppress Your Appetite
Do you tend to eat less breakfast when you're drinking coffee with it? That could be because caffeine might suppress your appetite—not for long, but enough to make you feel less hungry for a while, says the Mayo Clinic.
Coffee Could Strengthen Your DNA
Already think the benefits of coffee are endless? Well they pretty much are: It can even strengthen your DNA. A small 2014 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found drinking coffee regularly significantly reduced the oxidative damage in the body's white blood cells, which can hurt your DNA. Instead, the coffee—dark roast, in this case!—helped keep the DNA strong.
Coffee Can Help Get Rid of Dry Skin
Dry skin, be gone! By mixing up some coffee grounds and coconut oil and scrubbing any dry areas on your body, you'll get rid any embarrassing flaky skin that not even your favorite moisturizer has been able to tackle thanks to the gritty texture.
Coffee Could Help Prevent Gum Disease
Coffee doesn't just help protect against cavities and tooth decay. A 2014 study in the Journal of Periodontology found regular consumption can benefit your gums too, helping prevent the serious infection periodontitis—AKA gum disease—which can result in tooth loss and other health issues.
Coffee Can Help Soothe Cracked Feet
If you've been avoiding yoga class lately just because you don't want anyone to see your dry, cracked feet, give yourself an at-home scrub with some coffee grounds and coconut oil. Because the mixture is rough, it can help get rid of all that dry skin for the softest feet you've had in a long time.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's
Unfortunately, there's no cure for Alzheimer's, the disorder that slowly causes memory loss and mental decline. But coffee could help reduce the risk of developing it in the first place. A 2016 meta-analysis published in the journal Nutrition found drinking high levels of coffee was associated with a reduced risk of a 27 percent reduced risk of the disease.
Coffee Can Keep Your Brain Strong as You Age
No one wants to get into their older years and start experiencing mental decline, and coffee can help keep your brain strong. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found those who drank as little as one or two cups every day were less likely to experience mild cognitive impairment than those who didn't think coffee.
Coffee Can Help Make Your Skin Silky Smooth
Thanks to the grittiness of coffee grounds, you can make your skin softer than ever. Just combine some with coconut oil and scrub your entire body in the shower. Once you rinse off, you'll feel silky smooth.
Coffee Could Make You Move Better
As we get older, we start to move a little slower—but coffee can help perk you back up. A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found drinking coffee actually enhances motor performance, making you move easier and better throughout the day whether you're gardening, handling business at the office, or doing some laundry.
Coffee Can Help Improve Your Reaction Time
Feeling a little slow lately? All it might take to get your body back to working at a normal pace is a little coffee. A 2005 study from the Radiological Society of North America found it doesn't take much—just a couple cups—to improve your reaction time, making you better at everything from noticing something scary like smoke in your home (and realizing you need to grab the fire extinguisher ASAP) to breaking your car for a stop sign.
Coffee Could Help Reduce Post-Workout Muscle Pain
Not only does coffee help enhance your athletic performance, but it can also help reduce muscle pain after you do spend some time at the gym: A 2003 study in the Journal of Pain found those with high caffeine consumption had significantly reduced muscle pain after working out, which could be explained by caffeine's ability to decrease sensitivity to pain, opposed to those who drank a placebo.
Coffee Could Help You Concentrate and Focus
If you're having issues staying on task, try making yourself a cup of coffee. A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found it has a serious impact on cognitive function and can help you concentrate and better focus on whatever task is at hand.
Coffee Could Make It Easier to Go to the Bathroom
Yep, we went there. Drinking coffee typically makes you have to go to the bathroom because of its laxative effect. But how? In some studies, researchers have found coffee might stimulate the distal colon, which pushes waste out of your body quicker, and a 1990 study in the journal Gut found it only takes four minutes for coffee to start having an effect on your bathroom schedule.
Coffee Could Make You Feel More Energized
A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found caffeine has a big impact on your energy levels. Not only does it increase your daily energy expenditure—AKA the amount of calories you burn each day—but it also increases how much energy you have available in the first place, as well as how energized you actually feel. Yep, basically energy overload.
Coffee Can Help Increase Your Blood Flow
One quick way to get your blood flowing properly is to drink some coffee. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, the caffeine increased blood flow by 30 percent during a 75-minute period—and it only took a cup. The decaffeinated version, on the other hand, didn't have the same effect.
Coffee Could Help Decrease Mental Fatigue
After one too many long nights at the office, it's not uncommon to experience mental fatigue. In addition to getting your mental health back on track to make sure it doesn't lead to more serious health problems, drink some coffee: A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found caffeine can help decrease the exhaustion you're feeling by perking your body up.
Coffee Could Help Get Rid of Headaches
While you've probably experienced a headache as a caffeine withdrawal (which are the worst, by the way), coffee can also help relieve them. According to the National Headache Foundation, caffeine contains properties that narrow the blood vessels and restrict blood flow, which in turn helps relieve the throbbing pain you're experiencing in your noggin. In fact, when you add an actual pain reliever into the mix, you can increase the pain relieving effect by 40 percent.
Coffee Can Help Get Rid of Dark Circles
Just like coffee can wake up your body, it can also wake up your under eye area. To help get rid of dark circles, combine used coffee grounds with some coconut oil and apply to your under-eye area. It only takes around 10 minutes for the caffeine to start working its magic, constricting your blood vessels and balancing out your skin tone.
Coffee Can Give Brunette Hair a Boost
If you're a brunette who could use a pick-me-up in the hair department, look no further than coffee. By making a paste with coffee grounds and water then working it into your hair in the shower, your color will get a pretty boost with minimal effort.
Coffee Can Make Hair Shiny
In need of a little shine? By pouring cold brewed coffee over your hair in the shower and working it in a little before rinsing it out, you'll have glowy hair that looks like it belongs in a shampoo commercial.
Coffee Could Make You Feel More Alert
Sure, your meeting at work is super boring—but when you have to pay attention to presentations that seem to never end, coffee will become your BFF. A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found coffee can help increase alertness, making it much easier to give all your focus without drifting off into another daydream
Coffee Could Help Your Decision-Making Skills
It doesn't matter if you're trying to choose between holiday gifts for your family or make important financial decisions—a 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found the caffeine in coffee can help increase the ability to make correct decisions, so grab a cup the next time you're struggling.
General benefits of coffee:
Coffee Is Really, Really Good
The taste of coffee counts as a benefit, right? While there are plenty of healthy drinks on the market—from matcha to golden milk—coffee might just be the most delicious. Especially when you get it in different flavors, whether that's French vanilla or something seasonal like pumpkin spice.
Coffee Is a Huge Source of Antioxidants
In fact, according to a 2005 study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the human diet—yes, even over wine and tea. Aside from the caffeine giving you an early-morning energy buzz, those high levels of antioxidants can help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals, as well as fight off disease.
Coffee Could Make You Feel More Awake
It's probably coffee's most well-known benefit—and also one of its best! A 2010 review in the journal Nutrition found the caffeine in coffee can help make even the most tired brain feel more awake by blocking the chemical adenosine, which makes you sleepy. Basically, tiredness doesn't even stand a chance.
Coffee Can Help Boost Your Mood
Coffee not only helps work as a mild antidepressant, but it also helps prevent mood swings, making you feel happier overall. A 10-year-long 2011 study published in JAMA found the caffeine in your cup helps control your mood via the neurotransmitters in your brain, releasing dopamine and serotonin that gives you that amazing high-on-life feeling.
Coffee Has an Endless Amount of Styles
Sure, drinking coffee black has its benefits—but there are also plenty of other ways to get your fix. Whether it's espresso with its crazy caffeine buzz or a soothing latte, you'll never run out of different variations to try.
Coffee Will Make You Feel Sophisticated
When you're younger, drinking coffee makes you feel older. But when you're older, having a cup in hand just makes you sophisticated. Don't believe it? The next time you're at Starbucks order a lemonade and you'll definitely feel a difference.
Coffee Gives You an Opportunity to Take a Break at Work
And by break, we mean procrastinate. Even when you don't necessarily want coffee, there have probably been plenty of times you've gotten up from your desk to head into the breakroom to brew yourself a cup. And thank goodness for that beautiful, beautiful escape.
Coffee Has an Endless Amount of Varieties
The great thing about coffee is that if you get sick of one kind, there are hundreds of others that all have different tastes. Plus, it makes it easy to become a connoisseur of sorts. Maybe you like Ethiopian coffee with its dense flavor, or maybe the sweet nutty flavor of Brazilian coffee. Try them all and find your favorites.
Coffee Could Help Make You Smarter
In need of a brain boost? Grab some coffee. Thanks to the caffeine in your mug, you could experience an increase in mental performance, says a 2010 review published in the journal Nutrition. Whether you're trying to learn something new or figure something out, sipping on your go-to brew will make a difference.
Coffee Can Give Your Memory a Boost
The mental benefits of coffee go on and on, and one of the best benefits is its ability to give your memory a boost. In a small study from the Radiological Society of North America, researchers found two cups of coffee was able to boost participants' short-term memory skills because of caffeine's ability to have an effect on higher brain function.
Coffee Gives You an Opportunity to Do Some Prime People-Watching
Is there a better place to people watch than a coffee shop? Nope, definitely not. If it wasn't for coffee, you wouldn't get to spend time sitting in Starbucks staring at all the interesting people who come through—and have great stories to tell your friends later that day because of it.
Coffee Gives You the Opportunity to Buy Hundreds of Funny Mugs
If you've been collecting mugs for years, you can thank coffee for that. Because you're able to fill up your cup with such a delicious brew every morning, you're also able to go through your collection and start your day with one that makes you smile.
Coffee Is an Instant Hand Warmer
Just think about it: How awful would mornings be without a cup of coffee in hand? Sure, there are heaters that will keep you cozy and warm… but nothing matches the feeling of getting that warmth from your favorite mug.
Coffee is a great odor fighter.
No, don't start rubbing it on your armpits instead of deodorant. But if your hands smell after cutting up some onions for dinner, rubbing some coffee grounds between your palms will take care of the problem instantly.
Coffee's Scent Alone Could Perk You Up in the Morning
You don't even need to drink coffee to reap some benefits. A 2008 study on rats in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found even simply smelling coffee in the morning could perk you up in a big way. (Sure, that's only going to make you want to make some, but still.)
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