It's the coffee age. There's a Starbucks on every other city corner and people have become increasingly interested in getting creative with this award-winning hot beverage. Not only does coffee give you the boost you need to get going in the morning, it also tastes and smells wonderful too. But did you know that coffee benefits other aspects of your health as well?
Reduce Risk of Certain Diseases
Diabetes has become a raging concern for many people around the world. The way food is processed, and the sugar that is added to it, has spiked the amount of people with type 2 diabetes over the past handful of decades. However, according to a study done by Harvard University, subjects who increased their coffee intake lowered their risk for diabetes by 11%. Accordingly, those who lowered their coffee intake raised their risk by 17%. That means you may be able to stave it off yourself while enjoying your favorite roast.
Coffee consumption may protect you from other diseases as well. According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, caffeine can be utilized as a therapy for Alzheimer's patients and also be used to lower the risk of future Alzheimer's. The consumption of coffee has also been correlated with lowered risk for stroke, some cancers, Parkinson's and heart disease. Drink up coffee lovers.
We've all heard that tea is super rich in antioxidants, but it turns out coffee is the actual number one source of them in Western diets. Antioxidants are important because they fight off free radicals which can damage healthy cells. Healthy cells mean a healthier you.
It makes you smarter... in a way
Coffee doesn't boost your IQ, but according to research psychologist Harris Lieberman, "pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning -- most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence." So if you want to super boost your brain, grab a cup of joe.
It may decrease depression
Harvard must really love coffee because they devoted another study to that delicious beverage. According to their study, women who drank at least four cups of joe per day were 20% less likely to be depressed. They discovered that other women who consumed other less caffeinated beverages did not reap the same rewards as the women who drank coffee. The Harvard website also mentions that other studies suggest similar results in men.
Isn't it nice to love something that's actually good for you? Now go buy yourself some nutty, Maui Red Catuai single-origin coffee or some smooth, Costa Rican, Tarazu and start reaping those health benefits!