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​Caffeine Lovers Rejoice: The Health Benefits of Coffee Are Real

Posted by Heather Jabornik on



Coffee, not to be confused with covfefe, is one of life’s greatest joys and has so many health benefits, we had to double check that our findings weren’t based on some caffeine-induced, hopped-up version of the truth. But to our delight, coffee’s health benefits know no bounds. Since most of us can’t be bothered to function without it and often consider what it would be like to have coffee coursing through our veins. Here’s how coffee serves up a mug full of benefits.

ENERGY INCREASE

Now would be great time for a good, hearty “no duh,” compliments of the 90s. But before you get indignant about the obvious, consider the fact that as you drink coffee, caffeine actually IS absorbed into your bloodstream and then travels to your brain. It blocks the neurotransmitter adenosine, which then fires off neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine that enhances firing of neurons.

Tons of controlled studies prove that coffee actually IMPROVES brain function. Thanks, Starbucks! Memory, energy levels, mood, reaction times, vigilance and general cognitive function are all positively impacted.

Caffeine blocks inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain to create the stimulant effect, so basically, we’re all on drugs. But let’s just move on, shall we?

LOWERS RISK OF DISEASE

Move over kombucha, coffee is the Doogie Howser, M.D., of beverages.

  • Type 2 Diabetes– Consuming 6 or more cups a day reduces risk by 22%
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – The European Journal of Medicine has gathered considerable evidence that coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • Depression – The Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day reduce risk of depression by 20 percent.
  • Parkinson’s – Research out of Sweden shows that coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s regardless if other genetic factors are present.
  • Heart Disease – Korean researchers found that people who drink 3 to 5 cups a day reduce the risk of showing the beginning signs of heart disease.
  • Multiple Sclerosis – The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry shows that drinking at least 4 cups of coffee each day may help reduce the risk of the development of and reoccurrence of MS because it prevents the neural inflammation that leads to the disease’s development.
  • Colorectal Cancer – Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC found that even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer developing by 26 percent.

Cool, right?

THE SMELL ALONE DECREASES STRESS

Researchers at the Seoul National University studied the stressed and sleep deprived (sound familiar?) brains of rats and found that brain proteins tied to stress changed in the rats who were exposed to coffee aromas. Time to keep some roasted coffee beans on your person at all times!

HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER

Two mega studies found that drinking coffee leverages a 20 percent lower risk of death in men and a 26 percent lower risk of death in women. Want to live long enough to see your great, great, GREAT grandchildren? Well, you won’t, but drink up anyway.

MORE ANTIOXIDANTS THAN FRUIT AND VEGGIES

You read that right. The antioxidants hydrocinnamic and polyphenols are just two. Hydrocinnamic acids are incredibly effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress.

What this comes down to is that you need to consume, bathe in and dream about coffee at all times. Then you should pretty much morph into every superhero on the books. Happy drinking!