AIB Benefits of Coffee

9 Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee is consumed at an amazing rate nowadays. Judging from the Starbucks locations alone in the United States, of which there are 10, 924, caffeine has formed a major part of any adults daily life.

Coffee, which contains antioxidants, is not just a nice pick-me-up to wake you up in the morning. It carries several other advantages. It must be nice knowing that, since over half of Americans over 18 years old drink coffee every day. Meanwhile, Filipinos alone consume 100,000 metric tons of coffee a year.

It is definitely a fact that we all love our caffeine.

However, our daily cup of coffee may be doing more for our bodies than providing a warm hug that awakens our soul. The latest wave of scientific evidence brings wealth of good news for coffee lovers.

Here are 9 reasons drinking coffee may be healthier for you than you thought.

COFFEE AROMA CAN HELP YOU DE-STRESS

Seoul National University researchers discovered that individuals who are exposed to coffee aromas are less prone to stress. Makes it handy to keep a bag of coffee beans in your cupboard or kitchen!

CAFFEINE CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER ATHLETE

Both scientists and athletes believe drinking coffee before a workout increases athletic performance, specially in cardio-oriented activities. Caffeine increases fatty acids in the athletes’ muscles, in order to be used for their fuel, which saves the body’s carbohydrate reserves, which  is needed along the competition or training.

COFFEE SHARPENS YOUR MIND

Coffee has always been believed to keep your mind alert. However, coffee also makes the brain work bit better when sleep-deprived people take coffee. This makes the brain work more efficiently.

COFFEE IS HEALTHY FOR THE BRAIN

University of South Florida Neuroscientist Dr. Chuanhai Cao believes even an occasional consumption of coffee can ether suppress or delay Alzheimer’s disease.

COFFEE MAY LOWER RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES

Research has shown that individuals who drink four or more cups of coffee daily halve their chance of contracting Type 2 Diabetes. Every additional cup consumed after the fourth, the chance to get diabetes is further reduced by seven percent.

COFFEE IS GREAT FOR YOUR LIVER

People who drink at least one cup of coffee everyday are less likely to develop liver cirrhosis – up to 20 percent. Liver cirrhosis is a disease caused by overconsumption of alcohol which could result into liver failure, or worse, cancer.

A research team from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School says that consumption of four or more cups of coffee and tea every day may likewise prevent the growth of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

COFFEE HELPS FIGHT PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease may consider drinking coffee, for ScienceDaily report has said that coffee consumption may aid them control their movement.

According to study author Ronald Postuma, MD “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 CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF SUICIDE

A daily intake of up to four cups of coffee could cut down the risk of suicide by approximately half. The reason being that coffee cats as a sort of antidepressant which helps produce serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.

COFFEE AS A HAPPY PILL

People who drink coffee are more likely to feel sad or depressed compared to non-drinkers. Coffee makes people feel good because of its natural antioxidants.