The Benefits of Being A Coffee Drinker ☕️

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Gabriela Vizueth, Reporter

I think almost everyone knows at least one person who has this big obsession with this exotic drink, and there are those who don’t. Is there actually health benefits from drinking coffee though? The answer… yes. While it is one of the most popular drinks, it also is filled with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that make it quite healthy.

Coffee can improve your energy levels because of the caffeine. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your blood stream and from there it heads to your brain. Coffee can actually improve many things in the brain including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times, and general mental functions.

Coffee is, also, a natural substance that is proven to aid in burning fat by boosting your metabolic rate by 3-11%. Others studies have shown that coffee can boost it up to 10% in obese individuals and up to 29% in lean people. However, these effects can slowly be diminished in long term coffee drinkers.

It also contains many essential nutrients from the beans and can make its way into the brewed coffee. A single cup of coffee can contain:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B12)- 11% of the reference daily intake/RDI
  • Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)- 6% of the RDI
  • Manganese and Potassium- 3% of the RDI
  • Magnesium and Niacin- 2% of the RDI

This may not seem like much, but some people enjoy having multiple cups of coffee per day and this allows the nutrients to add up quickly. Coffee also has been proven to lower your risk for Alzheimer up to 65% and a 23-50% lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes. While coffee has all of the benefits packed into one small cup, it seems to be a super drink and can be enjoyed in the morning or anytime of the day.