4 Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Did you know that over 50% of Americans drink coffee every day? That's a staggering number! But drinking coffee isn't just an American thing — it's actually the third most-consumed drink in the world next to water and tea. However, just because something is popular doesn't mean that it's good for you. So, what about coffee? Is it good for you, or should you try to wean yourself from your daily cup of joe? We've done a little digging and found that there are several health benefits associated with drinking coffee. Check them out, and if you're looking for a new coffee shop in Beverly, MA, we encourage you to come check out The Cotton Mill Cafe!

Image of a smiling woman drinking a cup of coffeeExcellent Source of Vitamins and Antioxidants

When you think about coffee, do you ever think about drinking your vitamins? Although drinking coffee may not be the same as having a salad for lunch or taking your multivitamin, coffee beans do come from a plant and therefore they have some nutritional value. In fact, coffee contains B vitamins, potassium, riboflavin, and it's especially rich in antioxidants — which protect your cells from damage.

 An image of a cup of coffee on a wooden tableLower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar levels are too high. Too much sugar in your system can cause serious health problems such as heart disease and vision loss. Fortunately, this is another area where coffee may be able to help. Studies have shown an inverse correlation between coffee consumption and diabetes, and it doesn't matter whether you consume regular (caffeinated) or decaffeinated.

Beyond the bread, consider the mind-boggling number of ingredients you can use to make a sandwich. From the basic peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese to indulgent sandwiches made with ingredients such as avocado, sauteed onions, or thick-sliced bacon — the sky is really the limit!

An image of several people toasting their cups of coffeeProtection Against Certain Cancer

There have been multiple studies that have shown coffee may be able to offer some protection from certain types of cancer including two of the most common types — colorectal and liver. Of course, diet and lifestyle also need to be taken into consideration, but if you're doing all of the right things, it's good to know that a cup of coffee won't hurt.

An image of a woman outside in the sun smiling and holding coffee in a to go cupDecreased Risk of Depression

For many people, drinking coffee makes them feel energized and upbeat. That's because it contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. So, it only seems to make sense that coffee consumption is also associated with a decreased risk of depression. Several studies have shown that coffee consumption decreased depression risk while other caffeinated beverages did not have the same effect. Just keep in mind that drinking too much coffee can interfere with sleep and not getting enough sleep can possibly undo all of the good things it does for you.

Looking For a Coffee Shop in Beverly, MA?

Most people don't need a reason to drink more coffee, but it's helpful to know that if you do enjoy a daily cup that you're probably getting some health benefits from it. Just keep in mind that like everything, moderation is key. Just because one cup is good, doesn't mean 10 is better. With that being said, most people look forward to their morning coffee ritual or that afternoon pick-me-up.

Are you looking for a coffee shop in Beverly, MA? At The Cotton Mill Cafe, we have a variety of delicious iced and hot coffees, plus a whole lot more. Grab a handmade caramel latte and an ice cream treat for the kids. Or, make a plan to stop by for one of our hearty breakfasts or lunches. We have all of the traditional favorites as well as some of our own unique combinations. From sandwiches and salads to flatbreads and more, we have something for everyone! The next time you're in the area and looking for a new place to go, we hope you'll think of The Cotton Mill Cafe!