The Benefits of Coffee : How Good is It Really?

In this edition of the brand-new Meta-blog, we’re gonna try and blow your mind with some knowledge about our favorite psychoactive drug: that far-out brain-berry, coffee.

If you’re reading this there’s a pretty good chance you already down the stuff daily, and your barista buddy Jorge has probably given you the rundown on all the ways coffee is the greatest gift to humankind since Def Leppard. But, we also know he was probably talking faster than the His Girl Friday newsroom at 1.5 speed, so we made a few bullet points so you can digest the benefits of coffee as fast as you digest that great black liquid. [And you better believe we got this shit peer-reviewed y’all].

If Bill Murray's into it, you should be into it.

If Bill Murray's into it, you should be into it.

Coffee is really good at keeping detrimental health conditions at bay

  • Coffee can help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by up to 65% (1) (2)

  • Coffee can help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (by up to 35 and 65% respectively) (3) (4)

  • Cirrhosis of the liver is 80% less likely if you drink coffee (5) (6)

  • You're less likely to die if you drink coffee (if you drink 4-5 cups a day you're 12% less likely to pass if you're a dude, and 16% if you're a woman)

Coffee literally makes you a better human

  • Coffee can improve physical performance across almost all types of physical activity (from short-burst sports like basketball and squash to endurance activities like running and cycling) -- cause it's ergogenic y'all

  • Coffee instantaneously improves cognitive function (coffee blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine, which allows those neurons to get firing, improving memory, mood, vigilance, and kinda just makes your brain real happy) (7)

So yeah, coffee’s about as hella good as it can get. So, next time you feel like you're gonna die after a long night, dive into a hot black cup of some steaming Arabica, or y'know hit up your local healthy grocer for some Metabrew!


Mad Thumbnail Photo creds to the Kitchensanity!