Many of us rely on a cup of coffee to kick-start our day and now new research suggests that our morning caffeine infusion may also help ward off different diseases and depression. Every morning I make sure that my mug of coffee is always in hand when I walk into the doors of my current office job.
What does coffee do for your mood? Short answer — a lot. I’m not a morning person and the first thing I do every morning is wake up excited to have my first sip of coffee each morning. It not only puts me in a better mood but makes me more productive throughout the day.
It got me thinking — while many immediately think of coffee when trying to piece together a solid morning, what does it really do to our moods and bodies? Well I started reading out on the web and found some pretty good reasons why I should continue to drink my 3-4 cups of coffee a day.
1. Coffee is a potent source of healthful antioxidants.
Some have cited coffee as a major — and in some cases, the primary — dietary source of antioxidants for its subjects.
2. Caffeine provides a short-term memory boost.
Caffeine appears to affect the particular areas of the brain responsible for memory and concentration, providing a boost to short-term memory, although it’s not clear how long the effect lasts or how it may vary from person to person.
3. Coffee may help protect against cognitive decline.
In addition to providing a temporary boost in brain activity and memory, regular coffee consumption may help prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
4. Coffee is healthy for your heart.
There is some evidence that coffee may support heart health by protecting against arterial damage caused by inflammation.
5. Coffee may help curb certain cancers.
Researchers have found ties between regular coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, and rectal cancers.
6. Coffee may lessen your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A growing body of research suggests an association between coffee drinking and a reduced risk of diabetes.
7. Your liver loves coffee.
It’s true: In addition to lowering the risk of liver cancer, coffee consumption has been linked to a lower incidence of cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.
8. Coffee can enhance exercise performance.
Caffeine is a performance and endurance enhancer; not only does it fight fatigue, but it also strengthens muscle contraction, reduces the exerciser’s perception of pain, and increases fatty acids in the blood, which supports endurance.
9. Coffee curbs depression.
Multiple studies have linked coffee drinking to lower rates of depression in both men and women.
10. Coffee guards against gout.
Independent studies on the coffee consumption patterns of men and women suggest that drinking coffee regularly reduces the risk of developing gout.