Coffee is great, isn't it? It perks you up, gets you ready for the day and tastes amazing as well. Well, there is more to this drink than just being a pick me up, it also has a wealth of health benefits that can make the outlook just that little bit brighter.
With recent studies showing that drinking three or more cups of coffee a day could help you live longer, we take a look at why coffee might actually be good for you.
1. It's Good for the Brain
Coffee is a stimulant.What this means is that it helps the brain to produce more dopamine and adrenaline than usual which can affect your memory in a positive manner.
Not only that but it can ward off neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's with some studies showing regular coffee consumption can lead to a 65% less likely chance of developing dementia.
2. Coffee Can Help Burn Fat
Caffeine raises your metabolic rate which is the rate at which your body burns fat. Everyone has a different metabolic rate and a different tolerance to caffeine but, for the most part, it has been shown that coffee can help you burn fat.
Don't be fooled by this and go out drinking caramel latte's with whipped cream and gingerbread syrup, the sugar content in some high street coffee drinks have been found to be immense and can completely negate any positive effect given by the caffeine. As such, just stick to a regular coffee, black preferably.
3. It's Good for the Heart
Coffee is love, love is coffee and that is because coffee has been found to strengthen the heart. Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day reduces the chance of you having heart disease as well as a stroke.
Also, people who drink coffee are more likely to find love and live happily ever after. Okay, the last bit is made up but the heart disease and stroke thing is true.
4. It Fights Signs of Aging
Coffee consumers have been shown to be less vulnerable to the signs of aging like slowing reflexes and memory loss and so feel and act younger in their later years.
It gives you a spring in your step for the day and keeps it there over the years.
5. It's Great for the Liver
Drinking coffee can dramatically reduce your chances of getting cirrhosis of the liver with people drinking four cups a day seeing drops of up to 80% in their chances of getting the disease.
It has also been linked to lower levels of liver cancer by up to 40% as well.
6. It Can Help Against Depression
Apart from making you feel happier in the mornings just to be holding a warm, caffeinated beverage, people who drink four cups of coffee a day are 10% less likely to be afflicted by depression and people who drink two to four cups of coffee a day are half as likely to commit suicide as those who don't or that drink decaf coffee. So here's to feeling good.
7. It's Good for the Eyes
It's not carrots that make your eyes stronger but rather coffee as it decreases one’s chance of experiencing vision loss and acquiring eye diseases like glaucoma.
This is because of an extremely strong antioxidant found in coffee that will perk up the ol' eyeballs.
8. It Helps Against Skin Cancer
The more coffee you drink, the less likely you are to develop melanoma of the skin due to active ingredients in the drink.
Don't stop slapping on the sun cream though, it's not a cure-all but it will help.
9. It Can Ward of Diabetes
Drinking coffee before a meal means that your body will have a higher level of glucose in there afterward and it also raises insulin resistance and therefore can help prevent you developing Type II Diabetes.
Try not to have too much if you do suffer from the disease though because it can have the opposite effect then.
10. It Provides You With Nutrients
Coffee contains Vitamins B2, B3, and B5, Manganese, Magnesium, and Potassium and the human body absorbs more of these through coffee than it does through fruit.
If you drink coffee, it will also be the single largest source of antioxidants you have.