The weather’s heating up. Summer is right around the corner. And you want to stay cool, refreshed, and hydrated all season long.
But you know soda is bad for you. That includes the diet stuff, as I shared earlier this week. And let’s face it, sometimes water can be just plain boring.
So let me give you another option. As far as I’m concerned, one that is the most delicious choice of all for summer.
In fact, if you ever run into me this time of year, there’s close to a 100 percent chance I’ll have a tall, cool cup of iced coffee in my hand.
Coffee isn’t just a great pick-me-up that delivers a charge of brain-boosting caffeine right when you need it. New studies show there are other reasons to enjoy this delicious beverage all year round.
Because hot or iced coffee is essentially medicine in a mug.
A couple cups a day keep the doctor away
I don’t recommend coffee to folks just because I love it (although I do). It’s that coffee has dozens of science-backed benefits. In fact, I’ve shared many of them with you right here in Healthier Talk over the years.
That evidence is no hill of beans, either. It’s practically a (Jamaican Blue) mountain of data. And coffee’s many benefits can help nearly anyone looking for a health boost, especially those of us who aren’t spring chickens anymore.
Today, that mountain got a little bit higher thanks to two new studies. The research confirmed coffee is brimming with benefits, including…
1) Fighting heart failure: Heart failure isn’t just a dangerous heart condition. It’s one of the deadliest of all.
But tech-savvy researchers used artificial intelligence to analyze data from three major studies. And the AI found that drinking coffee could help keep this killer at bay.
One of the studies in the analysis found every cup can cut those odds by 5-12 percent. While another found two or more could help slash heart failure risk by an incredible 30 percent.
2) Boosting cognition: The second study finds that coffee can deliver functional changes within the brain itself – and in all the right ways.
Scientists compared brain scans of regular coffee drinkers to those who never touch the stuff and found a remarkable difference. The java junkies had improvements in the regions responsible for alertness, motor control, and focus.
3) Everything else: All forms of coffee… iced and hot… are naturally rich in caffeine. And caffeine, of course, can enhance memory and alertness.
Plus, with or without caffeine, your coffee is loaded with good-for-you minerals and age-fighting antioxidants.
Dodge early death with coffee
But as impressive as those benefits are, they aren’t the only ones on coffee’s resume. Previous research has found that coffee could also help protect against…
- Parkinson’s disease
- liver disease
And with all of those disease-fighting claims to its credit, it’s easy to see why a 2018 study concluded that coffee could help deliver the biggest benefit of all. Which is that java fans have a lower risk of premature DEATH.
Researchers say as little as two cups a day could reduce those odds by 12 percent.
Now you’ll have to excuse me… I’ve got some coffee to brew.