If you are like most American adults, you enjoy starting the day with a steaming mug of coffee. Coffee is so well-loved that it even has its own international holiday — International Coffee Day — on September 29th. As coffee’s big day approaches, let’s take a look at the ways coffee can benefit your health. So sit back, curl up with your favorite brew, and learn how coffee can be good for you.
When you imagine a healthy beverage, coffee probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But it has a few brain boosters! A study by Johns Hopkins University found the amount of caffeine from two cups of coffee can boost memory by up to 10%. It is also a common thought that caffeine can boost the brain’s production of chemicals that are used to store memories.
As you have probably already experienced, coffee makes the brain more alert. This means focus and decision making are improved and your attention span is sharpened. Some research found links between lower rates of age-related brain diseases (i.e. Alzheimer's and Dementia) and caffeine.
If you are working toward a goal of burning fat and losing weight, coffee might be key. Some research has shown that the caffeine you get from coffee can jump-start the metabolic system, which helps the body burn fat. Another benefit is that coffee can increase the metabolic rate for up to three hours after a cup is consumed compared to those who don’t indulge.
Most people drink coffee for the caffeine boost, which can also motivate you to put in every bit of effort during your next workout.
Did you know that the average American gets their antioxidants primarily from coffee? Coffee has disease-fighting antioxidants and a group of compounds called flavonoids. You may have heard of flavonoids before, and they are known to an antiviral, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants help protect the cells in the body from damage and disease, so you can feel even better while enjoying your next cup of coffee.
Keep in mind that it is the coffee itself that your body benefits from, not the added sugars and fats found in many flavorings and creamers. So drink to your health, but keep that cup as healthy as you can.
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