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Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.

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Benefit #1: Coffee is a drink for the heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women over 65 years of age and American women are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer. But thanks to the antioxidants in coffee, moderate coffee drinkers (those who consume 1 to 3 cups every day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers.

Benefit #2: Coffee helps regulate blood sugar, boosts our cells sensitivity to insulin, and diverts diabetes.

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

On the estimated 24 million Americans that have diabetes, about half are women. We can get type 2 diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and when having a baby with birth weight more than 9 pounds. We are at risk for diabetes as we perform our motherhood role! But thanks to coffee, antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and quinides help improve the body’s response to insulin.

Benefit #3: Coffee boosts our brain power.

Coffee has caffeine that boosts concentration and alertness. Studies also have it that drinking 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help reduce risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants in coffee protect against brain cell damage by helping the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

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Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 79 Comments

  1. Hillary Williams

    I appreciate the information you shared here. I read about this from a research and I got scared, “Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug since it stimulates the central nervous system and alters mood and behavior.”

  2. Christine Wiggin

    It’s amazing how caffeine can impact our “pleasure centers” improving our mood and keeping us hooked.

  3. Jennifer Kirkpatrick

    According to a study conducted by Dr. Brain, “Women who are regular coffee consumers have been shown to have less depression.” But he says too much coffee can have the opposite effect, causing anxiety and restlessness.

  4. Agnes Hoots

    A cliché as it might sounds: Too much of any good thing can be bad for you!

  5. Edwina Thornhill

    Based on experience, too much coffee causes “bad breath…” Or is it because I’m drinking it a lot on an empty stomach?!

  6. Blanche Martina

    Coffee always has weird negative effects on my body, so happy I rarely drink it anymore

  7. Jodi Thil

    The effects of coffee are greater when consumed between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, apparently. But I’m still going to drink it now 🙂

  8. Osana Smith

    I drink coffee so much that I don’t even think the caffeine effects me anymore 😩

  9. Jossen Row

    why do I only feel the effects of coffee like 8 hours after I drink it what kinda science is that?

  10. Johnnie Bradford

    desperately trying to not drink coffee today and the effects of the withdrawal are already hitting me hard

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