If you’re like me, then you’re one of the millions of people who can’t even imagine starting their day without their cup o’ joe. It’s been a topic of conversation whether coffee does more good than bad for you. However, there’s no denying that there are scientifically-backed benefits to having coffee as a regular beverage. Here are some of them.
Boots Metabolism and Physical Performance
Studies have proven that caffeine aids in boosting one’s metabolism. Caffeine does this by stimulating the brain, which then sends signals that cause the body to burn fat faster. As body fat is broken down, your body can use it as additional energy. In turn, this can boost your physical performance. So consider grabbing some coffee before you hit the gym next time.
Provides Antioxidants and Nutrients
Admittedly, almost all types of food have SOME amount of nutrients. However, coffee packs more good than you think. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants, the stuff that protects your body from the harmful free radicals. It’s also a good source of nutrients such as manganese, potassium, and riboflavin.
Strengthens Social Relationships
Okay, so this isn’t directly caused by coffee. However, a lot of friends hang out or catch up over coffee. So coffee then serves as a way of bringing you together with other people. It also helps by getting you out of the house now and then.
Protects Your Brain and Makes you Smarter
So it doesn’t correctly add points to your IQ score. However, coffee does help keep you alert and more mentally prepared for learning. Studies have shown that even just a cup of coffee can help boost cognitive functions such as reaction time, memory and logical reasoning.
The good news, even more, is that coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease. While it doesn’t cure it, at least it’ll help you prevent ever having it.
Helps Fight Depression
Some studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers, especially women, are less likely to develop depression. I’m not just talking about feeling sad for a day or two. These studies refer to the actual psychological condition of depression. Many may still seem cynical towards this. However, scientists are working on conducting more studies to prove this benefit definitively.
Prevents Liver Disease
There’s good news for those pub-crawlers out there. Scientists have conducted studies on the correlation between coffee consumption and liver diseases. Apparently, those who regularly drink coffee have shown fewer indicators of liver damage and inflammation. I guess coffee isn’t just a hangover cure anymore.
Lowers Risk of Heart Diseases and Stroke
So this isn’t going to happen for people who drink about 10 cups of coffee a day. Don’t let your heart jump out of your chest with that high heart rate. However, moderate coffee drinkers appear to have lesser risks of heart attacks and strokes, as studies have shown. It also lowers risk of coronary heart disease, especially in women.
This disclaimer isn’t to say coffee has its disadvantages as well. Moderation is always essential, as well as keeping track of the other aspects of your health. Remember to watch your diet, try to get some physical activity in, and don’t forget to de-stress now and then.