Coffee and Your Health: Healing Benefits of Coffee

By Diane Ferraro

Did you know that coffee actually has healing properties? Read on to find out when coffee can benefit your health.

Much like the discovery that the occasional glass of wine actually had protective properties; studies are now finding that coffee has many healing properties.  Here are some of the health benefits you enjoy when you drink coffee.

  • Coffee can make a headache go away. Sometimes a caffeine addiction will produce a headache from a lack of coffee, in which case the headache will go away as soon as you drink some.  But coffee can also make other headaches go away, as caffeine causes the blood vessels to constrict or shrink.  While that may not sound like a good thing, in the case of headaches it will actually lessen the pain you are feeling.
  • Coffee cures constipation. Feeling a little blocked up?  A cup of coffee can fix that!  Coffee is a natural laxative, so that morning cup of coffee can keep you regular as well as help you wake up in the morning.
  • Coffee helps your body deal with LDL cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, you are at risk for heart disease.  However, caffeine can actually help to heal your body by preventing LDL cholesterol from oxidizing.  The short term effect is to help minimize the negative effects of LDL cholesterol on the body, but the long term effect is to reduce the coffee drinker’s risk of heart disease.
  • Coffee is a natural energy drink. The caffeine in coffee naturally energizes you.  Did you get too little sleep the night before?  Coffee will help you wake up and function normally until you can get to bed again.  In addition to making a perfect wake up call or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, it also can help enhance your workout by helping you stay energized and burn more fat.

In addition to the healing properties of coffee, there are numerous preventative benefits to drinking coffee.  Just like taking vitamins to shore up your immune system around flu season, coffee can be used to heal the body and prevent many diseases.

  • Coffee prevents diabetes. Scientists aren’t sure whether it is the antioxidants or the minerals in coffee, but something about it makes developing type 2 diabetes much less likely for coffee drinkers.
  • Coffee protects the brain. Diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, are substantially less likely in regular coffee-drinkers.  Something about coffee protects the brain from these debilitating diseases.
  • Coffee reduces the risk of stroke. We’ve already talked about how coffee can heal the body and prevent heart disease.  It also has a similar effect on the likelihood of having a stroke, cutting the risk by as much as 20 percent.

As you can see, coffee has many healing properties.  Not only can coffee cure many conditions such as headaches, constipation, and fatigue, it also has strong preventative powers.  Diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to stroke can be preventative with a couple of cups of coffee every day.

Researchers don’t always know what it is in coffee that produces these benefits.  We know coffee has many antioxidants in it, and we also know that it has a lot of minerals in it.  The high caffeine content also seems to be part of the equation, as the benefits are often reduced in people who drink decaffeinated coffee instead.

Whatever it is about coffee, though, there are lots of ways you can benefit from this wonderful drink.  Shop for coffee makers so that you can drink coffee whenever you feel the urge.  Also, getting several coffee machines to keep at the office could reduce long-term health care expenses at the same time as it keeps your employees more alert and productive throughout the day!

Bio: Diane Ferraro is a connoisseur of coffee makers and all things coffee.  When she is not blogging, she enjoys hiking with her family… after a cup of coffee, of course!

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Comments

  1. Anya@IW says

    I love coffee. I actually drink it black (like my mom did). Now my daughter does too and people think she is strange. LOL.
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    I like an occasional latte as well, but who needs the extra calories when coffee is so good?
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    I knew about some of these health benefits, but not all. Thanks for making me feel good about my morning cup. And, yes, I do usually stick to one or two cups a day. Everything in moderation!

  2. Pam@IW says

    I don’t drink coffee. I have never drank coffee. The taste just doesn’t appeal to me and I am not much for hot drinks other than a rare cup of hot chocolate.
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    I do however love the smell of coffee and it brings back memories of waking up to a pot of coffee brewing in the morning when I was a child.
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    I was aware of the health benefits of drinking coffee in moderation but for me I will have to look elsewhere to find other food products that provides those same type of benefits.

  3. snickers says

    I drink coffee all day long, no moderation here. Grew up with on the table like kids drink milk. Good German family, no sugar or cream here either. All of my kids but 1 drink coffee also. The pot never shuts off over the holidays here.

  4. MaryNGG says

    Wow, black coffee Anya, that’s intense. My mom drinks it that way, and now my son does. I must have it with half and half or light cream, two cups in the morning, usually no more after that. I love hot tea and hot chocolate also, and hot apple cider, but don’t drink any of those very often. Now my morning coffee time is over…time to be productive, maybe.

  5. Darlene says

    I don’t know about drinking coffee is a preventative benefit for Diabetes. I know plenty of type 2 diabetics who drank coffee all of there lives and still got the disease and obesity wasn’t a factor with some. I would have to research that. Interesting information though.

  6. Jennie says

    I do love coffee, and drink it almost every day (occasionally I will have tea instead – caffeinated, because I need caffeine!). I can’t drink too much in a day, though – three or more cups makes me feel really lousy. It’s nice to read about the benefits. (Just like it’s nice to read about the benefits of drinking wine!)

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