6 Ways Coffee Is Good For You
Could it be true that coffee is good for you? Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage and the second most valuable traded commodity (Oil is number one). It is grown in many countries, and comes in endless flavors, strengths, and varieties.
And guess what? While many would have you to believe that drinking coffee is bad for you, the research shows otherwise. Coffee (in moderation) can actually be very beneficial to your body, skin, and general health.
There are many reasons to drink coffee, but here are six reasons you should start every day with a cup of coffee:
1. Coffee Provides You With a Wealth of Antioxidants
A study done in 2005 at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania revealed that most Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from the food they eat.
In fact, according to the study nothing even comes close to providing the amount of antioxidants found in coffee!
Yes, fruits and vegetables have a ton of really wonderful antioxidants. However, according to the study, your body absorbs the most antioxidants from coffee.
2. Coffee Can Help Relieve Stress
The great thing about coffee is you don’t even have to drink it to benefit from it. According to researchers at the Seoul National University, just smelling coffee is enough to help relieve stress.
3. Coffee Can Decrease Your Chances of Developing Liver Cirrhosis
If you drink alcohol this is good news for you! In 2006, a study was done on 125,000 individuals over the age of twenty two. In the study, those who consumed just one cup of coffee a day were less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver.
Liver cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease caused by drinking alcohol in excess.
Coffee has protective benefits that can help guard against alcoholic cirrhosis. Those who consume more coffee are less likely to end up hospitalized, or dying, from liver cirrhosis brought on by drinking too much alcohol.
Other studies have also shown nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can be preventing by drinking coffee.
4. Coffee Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy & Active
Want to keep your brain healthier for a longer period of time? Try drinking one or two cups of coffee a day.
A study done by researchers at the University of Miami and the University of South Florida found that high levels of caffeine could actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset. This was based on caffeine levels in blood taken from individuals over the age of 65.
These results obviously don’t prove conclusively that coffee consumption can prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease, however based on the study, drinking a moderate amount of coffee (3 cups per day) on a regular basis can reduce ones risk of developing this debilitating disease or at least delay its onset.
5. Coffee Can Make You Feel Happier
Feeling a little down? If so, a cup of coffee may be just what you need!
The National Institute of Health performed a study on the link between coffee consumption and depression several years ago. During the study, doctors and researchers found individuals who drink at least four cups of coffee a day were less likely to be depressed than those who avoided drinking coffee.
While most would think this is due to the “high” you get from drinking a cup of coffee, research shows that is not the case. You see, you can get the same exact “high” from drinking a can of soda. The difference however is that the consumption of sodas are actually linked to increased depression.
Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, the doctor who authored this study, told Prevention.com that the reason researchers believe coffee makes you happy is due to the many antioxidants it contains.
Soda on the other hand contains no antioxidants at all.
6. Coffee Is Good For You & It Can Make You Smarter
Yes, you read that right! Drinking coffee can actually make you smarter. Generally speaking, people will drink coffee when they are feeling sluggish and tired. Doing so will most often give the coffee drinker that much-needed jolt that will help them stay alert for a few hours.
But according to some reports, coffee does much more than give you a simple energy boost.
Coffee can also make you more intelligent.
Experts agree that when you drink caffeine, your attention span, reaction time, logical reasoning, and vigilance all improve. All four of these components are associated with overall intelligence.
How Much Coffee Should You Drink?
Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety, jitters, and insomnia. Coffee can also contribute to an acidic body which in turn can set the stage for many diseases. Portion control is important to reap the benefits of coffee without the negative effects commonly associated with coffee consumption.
The Mayo Clinic says that adults can safely enjoy up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily. This amounts to about four cups of your average brew.
However, do keep in mind that caffeine content varies. For example, a six ounce coffee from Starbucks can have a whopping 200 mg more of caffeine than that served at Dunkin Donuts.
Enjoy your coffee!
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