Recent studies have swayed the jury when it comes to drinking coffee. The benefits have out-weighed the dangers, and coffee-lovers have been given the green light to indulge. Here are some highlights of the research findings that has java drinkers jumping.
Many of us rely on coffee to get us going in the morning, and the research supports the masses. Coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant that goes through the bloodstream and finds its way to the brain. On its way it ‘perks’ us up, and gets our gears going.
Drinking coffee makes you smarter. Once in our brain, caffeine helps boost neurotransmitters that enhance the firing of neurons. Controlled studies have shown improvement in brain activity relating to memory, mood and general cognitive functions. It turns out coffee breaks may be greatly under-valued by employers.
The effects that coffee has on our brains may stretch farther than function. Common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s impact the aging population worldwide. Regular coffee drinkers have been shown be at lower risk for these currently incurable diseases.
According to a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drink 4 or more cups a day have a lower risk of becoming depressed. The release of mood-boosting dopamine helps us feel happier and more confident while regulating our emotional responses.
The boost coffee gives our metabolism is accompanied with an influx of Adrenaline. This one-two punch for physical well-being. Not only has caffeine been proven to aid burn fat, but there have been studies that show it can also improve the metabolic rate by up to 11%!
Coffee is jammed packed with antioxidants, and is a source of nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Although caffeine has been said to rise blood pressure, the effects are generally small and often disappear in regular coffee drinkers.
Caffeine is the single most consumed psychoactive substance on our planet, and coffee is one of our favorite ways to get it. With the benefits of the beverage mounting, it is unlikely to decline in popularity anytime soon.