Posted: 7 August 2017
Are you worried you’ve been drinking too much coffee lately?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you always hear about people trying to kick their coffee habit.
But what if you should actually be increasing your intake instead of cutting back on the caffeine? That’s good news. Recent studies show that coffee isn’t just a morning pick-me-up. It could also be your body’s best friend.
1. Get Extra Antioxidants
You might think you’re getting enough antioxidants from eating fruits and veggies. But you could be getting a lot more if you had a cup of coffee with your morning grapefruit.
Antioxidants are great for preventing cancer and heart disease.
You won’t want to skip a serving even when you’re on vacation. You can get coffee brewers for travel. Then, you’ll never be without your antioxidant fix.
2. Good For Your Liver
According to research, drinking at least 4 cups of coffee a day can prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). 30% of adults in the US have NAFLD.
If you’re a heavy drinker, you should consider having a cup a day. Just one cup daily can greatly reduce your risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
Though, if you’re concerned about cirrhosis, cutting down on drinking is a good idea.
3. Slows the Progression of Neurological Diseases
Does Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease run in your family? Add some coffee to your diet.
Coffee won’t necessarily prevent those diseases. But extensive research has shown that it can slow the onset of them.
The University of South Florida conducted a study of people with Alzheimer’s. Researchers found that patients who drank coffee started developing symptoms 2-4 years later than those who didn’t.
4. Eases Feelings of Depression
Studies have shown that drinking 2-4 cups a day can lower the risk of suicide in people by 50%. This is because coffee aids in the production of serotonin and dopamine. Those are the hormones that keep you feeling good.
If you’re feeling suicidal, you shouldn’t rely on coffee as an alternative to anti-depressants. However, if you’re feeling a little down, upping your coffee intake might be what you need to perk up.
5. Makes You a Better Athlete
When you’re tired, you don’t push as hard during your workouts. Having a cup of caffeinated coffee before the gym can wake you up. You end up running faster on the treadmill, burning more calories.
Besides waking you up, caffeine found in coffee increases the amount of fatty acids in your blood.
While you exercise, your muscles will burn the fatty acids for fuel. It will take longer for your muscles to start burning your small carbohydrate reserves for energy.
That means your muscles have more energy to work harder and longer.
Are you a coffee lover?
After reading these facts you can feel good about filling up your mug.
How many cups a day do you drink? Let us know in the comments!
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