How Does Coffee Affect Your Body? June 11 2016

Here's a great infograph by Tantika Tivorat over at Prevention Magazine about the effects of coffee on your mind and body which ties in with our earlier post on how drinking coffee is tied to a lower risk of death

To summarize the benefits:

  • Memory: 200mg of caffeine (two 8oz cups) improved long term memory in a recent study.
  • Mood: Depression risk was 20% lower in women who drank four 8oz cups of coffee a day.
  • Skin: Women who drank more than 3 cups of coffee a day had a significantly lower risk of basal cell carcinoma.
  • Heart: 200 to 300mg of caffeine a day may make your heart perform better by improving blood flow during rest.
  • Liver: Drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day appears to protect against liver cirrhosis.
  • Energy: Drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee an hour before your workout and you'll go for longer.
  • Feet: Drinking 6 daily cups of coffee reduced the risk of gout for men by 59%. Coffee appears to lower levels of uric acid in the blood. 
  • Diabetes: Drinking six 8oz cups of coffee a day was linked to a 33% reduced risk of Type-2 diabetes.

Now that's a pretty impressive list of health benefits, especially if you contrast it with how soft drinks impact our body:

That's an impressive contrast. If you're choosing between diet soda or coffee, looks like the choice is clear. Just be sure to drink your coffee unsweetened or you'd be undoing some of the health benefits.

 

Image credit: Prevention Magazine