Here's why coffee can help your new year's resolutions!

Personal resolutions have become a big part of the New Year’s process. This is the perfect time to reflect on the good and the bad in the previous year, and how we can make improvements in the coming 12 months. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food gorging parties are over, making January first a great time to hit the reset button. Here in the US, many people land on health as their top priority. These new health initiatives usually come in two flavors: eating better or exercising more. Many times, people choose both. So, where does coffee come into the new year’s resolution process? What people don’t realize is coffee can help with overall health and exercise, so read on to see why you shouldn't kick your coffee habit to the curb. Leave a comment below on how you are using coffee to aid in your new year's resolutions!

Coffee has been the recipient of many studies showing its positive benefits on the human body. It also doubles as the perfect enhancement for those looking to exercise more. Let’s start with the health benefits.

Coffee Nutrients

It only makes sense to start with the coffee bean itself and then work outward to the benefits this bean provides to our bodies. One 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee provides:

11% of the daily Riboflavin needs, for the average adult. Riboflavin, a B vitamin, is a requirement for the proper development of the skin, lining of the digestive tract, blood cells and brain function. This nutrient also helps convert ingested carbohydrates into ATP, a necessary component of energy production.

6% of the daily value of Pantothenic Acid. This B5 vitamin is an essential part of the fatty acid metabolism process.

3% of Manganese and Potassium. Manganese plays many roles as a cofactor for several enzymes while we need potassium for proper kidney and heart functions, muscle contraction and nerve transmission.

2% of Magnesium and Niacin (vitamin B3). Like Manganese, Magnesium is a cofactor for over 300 enzyme systems. Niacin helps turn the food you eat into energy and also contributes to the development and function of the cells in our bodies.

May be the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet

Luckily for us coffee drinkers, coffee may be one of the heathiest aspects of our western diet for its high quantity of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that have the potential to cause harm if their levels become too high in the body. With that said though, free radicals play important roles in the body, for example, your immune cells use free radicals to fight infections. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants, it can lead to oxidative stress, which can damage your DNA and other important molecules in your body. Studies show that many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined. This means that coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet!

Overall health improvement

The BMJ journal performed an analysis on 220 coffee and studies and determined that 17% of coffee drinkers were less likely to die from any cause. 19% of those coffee drinkers were less likely to die of heart disease, while 18% were less likely to develop cancer over those who do not prefer coffee.

May lower your risk of type 2 diabetes

Over the years, diabetes has proven to be a major health problem that affects millions of lives around the world. The good news for coffee drinkers, however, is that they see a slight benefit from the ingestion of coffee. Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes.