If you are a coffee lover like me, you will hear nay-sayers telling you how coffee is “not good for you.” Well good news, not only is it delicious (if you think otherwise… you should reconsider) it actually has great health benefits.
Here are 5 reasons you should drink (more) coffee:
1. Boosts Your Mood
I know I’m way more friendly after my first cup in the morning, why is that? There is evidence that coffee boosts production of dopamine in the brain. The National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups were about 10% less likely to be depressed than those who never drink coffee.
2. Loves Your Heart
I always knew coffee had a special place in my heart. Coffee can protect us from heart failure, according to a Harvard study. Other studies have found that simply drinking one to two cups of coffee every day can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Helps You Avoid Type 2 Diabetes
People who drink a lot of coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drink smaller amounts, or no coffee at all, according to studies. Some researchers suggest that antioxidants and that brewing method play a major roles.
4. Good for Parkinson’s
Research shows that coffee caffeine can assist people who suffer from Parkinson’s manage uncontrollable movements. Other studies show that having a higher intake of coffee is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease altogether.
5. Prevents Cancer
Several studies confirm that coffee drinking correlates with liver health and significantly lowers risk for liver cancer. Additional research has linked java to reduced rates of breast, colon, and rectal cancers as well. Cancer sucks, but coffee doesn’t.
By: Emma Bennett
NPR Associate and Event Planner