Alongside water and tea, coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world and according to recent data the world is consuming more of it. Thankfully, research has shown that coffee is good for both your short-term fitness and long-term health, so if you’re a fan of the brown liquid keep drinking it but make sure you cut out the sugar.
Note: some of the research relates to caffeine and not coffee per se, so for this post assume that we are discussing caffeinated coffee and not the decaf variety.
1. Coffee improves weight lifting performance
If you’re looking for an extra boost in the gym or on the track then coffee could be the answer. Research has shown that caffeine increases muscle endurance and strength and for people who find their training more difficult on a morning than an afternoon research shows caffeine can help.
2. It maintains performance over consecutive days of exercise
Researchers from the Department of Physical Performance at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences found that caffeine assisted eight elite skiers in maintaining performance quality in consecutive days of competing compared to a placebo group. The caffeine-fueled athletes performed 4 percent better the first day and 5 percent the second. They also reported more muscle soreness assumed because they had been able to work harder.
3. It helps you burn fat
Studies have shown that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate from anywhere between 3 to 11 percent. Is it any wonder that caffeine is found in pretty much every fat burning supplement on the market?
4. It may help with muscle preservation
In an animal study, scientists at Coventry University in the U.K. found that caffeine helped offset the loss of muscle strength that occurs with aging suggesting the stimulant could aid elderly people to maintain their strength, reducing the incidence of age-related falls and injuries.
5. It may lower the risk of type II diabetes
In a number of different observational studies researchers have found that drinking coffee is associated with a lowered risk of Type II Diabetes. One of the studies recommends drinking at least three cups of coffee or tea per day may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
6. It may lower the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Research has shown that coffee drinking may help reduce cognitive decline in both men and women and in particular on degenerative brain disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee found drinking three to five cups a day may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 20 percent and other studies have shown that caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson’s by up to 60 percent.
7. It may reduce melanoma risk
A 10 year study among almost 450,000 non-hispanic white people published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that the coffee drinkers among the group were around 20 percent less likely to develop melanoma than those that didn’t drink coffee.