Coffee has become a big part of many people’s lives.
Don’t believe me? Well, let’s take a look at the numbers.
In 2012, there were 10,924 Starbucks locations in the United States alone. The number has undoubtedly increased, as well as the number of independent coffee stores.
It’s the golden age for coffee and coffee lovers!
But why do people love coffee so much?
Well, it turns out that it has some very healthy benefits, other than waking up a little quicker.
Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else.
According to a 2005 study, “nothing else comes close” to providing as many antioxidants as coffee.
Even though fruits and vegetables have tons of antioxidants, the human body seems to absorb the most from coffee.
Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
During an experiment at the Seoul National University, researchers examined the brains of rats who were stressed.
These rats were stressed from sleep deprivation. They soon discovered that the rats who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins that are linked to that stress.
Note, this aroma study only relates to stress felt as a result of sleep deprivation.
Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
In 2012, ScienceDaily reported that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement.
Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, 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.”
Coffee is great for your liver (especially for those who drink alcohol).
A 2006 study that included 125,000 people over 22 years showed that those who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less to develop liver cirrhosis.
For those who don’t know, this is an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer.
Arthur L Klatsky was the lead author of the study.
“Consuming coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a person consumes the less risk they seem to have of being hospitalised or dying of alcoholic cirrhosis.”
Studies also show that coffee can help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Coffee can make you feel happier.
A study performed by the National Institute of Health found that people who drank four or more cups of coffee were 10% less likely to develop depression than non-coffee drinkers.
Coffee consumption is linked to lower levels of suicide.
During a study at the Harvard School of Public Health, it was found that people who drink two to four cups of coffee have a reduced risk of committing suicide.
It’s believed that this is the result of coffee acting as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.
Coffee could reduce your chances of getting skin cancer.
Apparently, women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.
Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
According to a study from The American Chemical Society, coffee lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent and with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.
Drinking coffee could help keep your brain healthier for longer.
Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami have found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine levels.
Dr. Chuanhai Cao said:
“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.”
Coffee may make you more intelligent.
It turns out that the much-needed jolt we get from coffee not only keeps you awake, it makes you sharper.
According to TIME reporter, Michael Lemonick:
“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.”
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