By the time you’re done reading this, that second cup of coffee will seem well worth the $5 you’ll probably spend on it. Did you know that coffee has some great benefits for our health, to offset the lack thereof for our wallets? Well, this has been scientifically proven and some of the major benefits include the below.
HELPS YOUR MIND
Lowers the rate of depression
In 2011, a study at Harvard showed that drinking more coffee may actually help decrease mental stress and lower the rate of depression.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts the production of neurotransmitters. These include serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine, which aid as effective mood-boosters.
Caffeine also stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for memory and concentration. This combination provides a boost to short term memory and focus.
Coffee has been proven to boost physical performance and body energy by 11-12%, through the increase of adrenaline levels in one’s blood.
Increases one’s lifespan
Who doesn’t want to live longer? With coffee you may actually be able to increase your lifespan, according to research found in The American Journal of Epidemiology. They found that multiple cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of death by 16%.
HELPS PREVENT DISEASE
Prevents Alzheimer’s as well as reduce inflammation
According to research conducted by the University of Illinois, coffee helps keep brain inflammation down. Gregory Freud, MD and a professor at the university, says that they have been able to discover a novel signal that stimulates the brain-based inflammation related to neurodegenerative diseases. Caffeine has been found to block this activity.
Protects against prostate cancer
Research has been conducted on this and it has been shown that drinking four or more cups of coffee in a day reduces one’s risk of prostate cancer. This too by a whopping 59%. This research was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson cancer research center.
Lowers the risk of diabetes
Increased coffee intake, over time, can also help reduce type 2 diabetes risk. The Harvard Chan School of researchers showed this to be as effective as up to 11%.
Protects against Parkinson’s disease
Studies have also show a correlation between greater, regular caffeine consumption and a decrease in the risk of acquiring Parkinsons. This is, in some cases, up to by as much as 80%.
HELPS YOUR APPEARANCE
Stimulates hair growth
Research has also shown caffeine to stimulate hair growth, especially for those who are bald. This is through shaft elongation, prolonging the hair’s growth cycle, and stimulation of the hair matrix keratinocytes, which are cells responsible for hair growth.
Aids weight loss
Caffeine can play a role in weight loss as well. Coffee is thermogenic, helping you increase the resting metabolic rate and energy usage, thus causing more calories to be burned. A study by Asprey says that the polyphenols in coffee are prebiotic for the bacteria in one’s gut.
Helps avoid cavities
A research study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has indicated that the antibacterial properties that act against microorganisms such as major those responsible for tooth decay. This is through a peculiar property of java, who’s molecules prevent these organisms from adhering to the enamel of one’s teeth.
HELPS YOUR BODY
Caffeine contains vasoconstrictive properties that causes blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, aiding in head pain relief.
Has gastrointestinal benefits
Coffee also helps detox the liver and cleanse the colon. This greatly prevents diseases such as the cirrhosis. There is also evidence caffeine has a part to play in the reduction of the development of gallstones.
There have been a multitude of other studies showing a near innumerable number of benefits of caffeine consumption. So don’t feel guilty about grabbing that extra cup of coffee today!