Coffee drinkers don’t need to be convinced to keep drinking.
They may even paradoxically associate caffeine’s bitterness with the good feelings it brings.
But if you’re worried it’s doing more harm than good, here are 5 ways drinking coffee may improve your life:
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Drinking up to four cups of coffee per day has been found to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.
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Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have the same protective effect, according to meta-analyses.
Studies show that coffee may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 16 percent.
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Scientists identified two specific chemicals that may be responsible: kahweol acetate and cafestol.
Coffee drinkers have a 12 percent lower risk of death from cancer, diabetes, and stroke as well as heart, respiratory, and kidney diseases than non-drinkers.
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The effect was found in caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that caffeine isn't to thank.
Coffee could make you a better team player, and it seems to be due to caffeine boosting alertness.
People who drank caffeinated coffee talked more in group settings and rated the group's performance higher than decaf drinkers.
Coffee can of course make you feel less tired, and research suggests that it could fight the effects of sleep loss.
Study participants were allowed only five hours of sleep per night, and those who drank coffee suffered fewer cognitive drawbacks — but only for the first four days.
Drinking coffee before breakfast after a bad night’s sleep could cause a spike in blood glucose, which may be harmful if it’s done habitually.
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Die-hard coffee drinkers should be aware that drinking more than six cups per day is linked to joint diseases and obesity risk.
Some studies suggest that coffee could be bad for your arteries, but others have refuted that claim.
Experts recommend drinking up to four cups of filtered (drip, not espresso or French press) coffee per day, starting after breakfast.
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