If you’re reading this blog, chances are you don’t need reasons to drink coffee. You’re probably reading this while sipping coffee. But if you want to have reasons tucked away in your brain for the next time someone tells you to cut down on coffee, read on, learn, and store to memory.
1. Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than any thing else.
Fruits and veggies have a lot of antioxidants, but humans absorb more from coffee than fruits or vegetables.
2. The smell of coffee is a de-stresser.
A research team at Seoul National University discovered that exposing sleep-deprived rats to coffee aromas changed their brain proteins linked to stress. In other words, the smell of coffee lowers stress when it’s caused by sleep deprivation. But isn’t that the biggest reason why we are stressed?
3. Coffee reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
A recent study found that drinking coffee helps people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. The lead author, Ronald Postuma, MD said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.”
4. Coffee is good for your liver, especially if you drink alcohol.
Did you know that if you drink at least one cup of coffee a day, you’re 20% less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver? Cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption, which can lead to liver failure, cancer, and death.
Drinking coffee can also prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
5. Coffee can make you feel happy.
6. Coffee reduces the risk of skin cancer in women.
Women who drink at least three cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop skin cancer than those who do not. Ladies, bottom’s up!
Caffeine increases the quantity of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows your muscles to burn those fats into fuel as you exercise. If you do long distance exercising, such as marathons or cycling, this will reserve carbohydrates for later when your body really needs it.
8. Coffee reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes.
People who drink at least four cups of coffee day can cut down their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 50%! Every additional cup lowers the risk by 7%, but remember, too much of anything can be a bad thing.
9. Coffee can help keep your brain healthy.
People over the age of 65 who have higher blood levels of caffeine develop Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than those with low caffeine levels. “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset,” Dr. Chuanhai Cao, co-author of the study, cautioned.
10. Coffee sharpens your brain.
CNN reported that coffee helps your brain more efficiently. Harris Lieberman, research psychologist at the Military Nutrition Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, said that “When you’re sleep-deprived and you take caffeine, pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning–most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence.”
We know you didn’t need additional reasons to drink coffee every day, but isn’t it nice to have real health reasons to justify your morning ritual? Be sure to stock up on your healthy supply today!