1. Coffee can make you smarter.
Wait, there’s actual science behind this one.
Caffeine is like a July 4th fireworks display. It’s a stimulant that moves from your blood to your brain. Once there, it stimulates certain neurotransmitters (with semi-unpronounceable names such as dopamine and norepinephrine) to increase the firing of neurons (that’s the fireworks part). The net effect from all this crackling: a pronounced increase in brain function, mood, memory, energy and mental processing.
At long last, we can honestly call ourselves “jet fuel geniuses”.
2. Coffee helps you control weight gain.
Is there anything coffee can’t do? Studies have shown that the caffeine in just one cup boosts metabolic rate by 3-11% and specifically aids in the burning of fat (up to 10% in obese individuals and nearly 30% in lean ones). More science: caffeine causes our nervous system to send signals to fat cells to break down.
Maybe someday, it will even be able to send signals to my manager to stop breathing down my neck all damn day.
3. It’s magically nutritious.
Thank your lucky charms for coffee’s supply of essential nutrients, including Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and a host of Vitamin B’s, whether caffeinated or decaf. Most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables COMBINED.
Unfortunately, no pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers, blue diamonds or purple horseshoes.
4. Coffee is a potent disease preventer.
Cancer, Diabetes, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s. They all suck and none have a cure. However, you can take preventive measures to lower your risk by drinking caffeinated coffee.
Check out these potent (and hopeful) java stats:
--A 23-50% lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes--and one study showing a 67% reduction. Scientists believe coffee helps to regulate blood sugar by helping the body use insulin more efficiently.
--A study from Finland showed drinking 3 to 5 cups daily in your 40’s could lead to a 65% decrease in risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by preventing the accumulation of beta-amloyd plaque.
--Reduction in risk of developing Parkinson’s disease of 32-60%
--4 cup + drinkers have up to an 80% lower risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver, a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer and, in woman, a 25% reduction in risk of endometrial cancer.
--Coffee also contains healthy amounts of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that fights cardiovascular disease.
5. It makes you happy.
A 2011 Harvard study showed that 4 cup + female drinkers had a 20% lower risk of depression and both sexes of 4+ cup drinker were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
[Note: the benefits described are lessened by the presence of large amounts of cream/milk/sugar. So take it easy on those and enjoy one of the most remarkable (and healthy) drinks in the world.