Coffee, a slightly acidic-tasting beverage, is brewed from the roasted seeds of coffee beans. These beans are found in coffee cherries that grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, but they are mostly found in the Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Green coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee contains caffeine, a chemical stimulant.

And as many of you will agree, the morning just isn’t complete without a good cup of coffee. It makes you feel more alive and prepares you for the day. Not only have that, the aromatic fragrance of a freshly brewed cup of coffee, coupled with its unique blend of bittersweet goodness, never fails to paint on a smile.

Good feelings aside, have you ever considered what coffee does for your body? Is it good for your health, or not so good? Let’s find out.

Ten health benefits of coffee

  1. Several studies have shown that regular consumption of coffee may help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  2. In a study conducted by the US Health Nurses, moderate consumption of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee was found to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  3. Coffee is rich in antioxidants (your body’s major defense against free radicals) such as chlorogenic acid and melanoids.
  4. Some evidence has shown that coffee may protect against gallstone formation.
  5. Coffee protects the liver against alcoholic cirrhosis.
  6. Coffee lowers your risk of getting kidney stones.
  7. Caffeine is known as a powerful stimulate that helps promote alertness, attention, and wakefulness.
  8. Caffeine is also found to be related to theophylline, which is an old known cure for asthma.
  9. Several researchers claim that coffee may have anti-cancer properties. Some of these studies show evidence that coffee drinking can lower the incidence of colon, breast and rectal cancers.
  10. Coffee helps improve metabolism

Too much of a good thing?

While drinking coffee does provide more positive health benefits than negative, it’s still worth noting the ill-effects of coffee over-consumption: