Who doesn’t enjoy starting the day with a steaming mug of coffee? Coffee is so well-loved that there are songs, poems, and even movies about it. Coffee has even been given its own national holiday, September 29th. As we approach coffee’s big day, we wanted to look at the ways caffeine can benefit your health. So sit back with your favorite brew and learn how coffee can be good for you.
When you think of a healthy beverage, you probably don’t envision coffee, but there are a few ways that coffee can benefit your brain. Johns Hopkins University found that the amount of caffeine from two cups of coffee can boost memory by up to 10%. It is also thought that caffeine may boost the brain’s production of chemicals used to store memories.
Coffee also, of course, makes the brain more alert. This means decision making and focus are improved and your attention span is sharpened. Research has also found links between caffeine and lower rates of age-related brain diseases including dementia and Alzheimers.
If you are looking for ways to burn fat and lose weight, coffee might help put you on the right track. Some research shows that the caffeine found in coffee can jumpstart your metabolism, helping the body burn fat. Another benefit for those that have coffee in the morning is an increased metabolic rate for up to three hours after a cup of coffee compared to those that don’t have a cup.
The main reason most people drink coffee is for that boost of energy, which may give you the motivation you need to go that extra mile or make your workout more effective.
Did you know coffee is the primary source of antioxidants in the average American diet? Coffee contains disease-fighting antioxidants along with a group of compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are known to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-tumor properties. Antioxidants protect the cells in the body from disease and damage, so you can feel good about your morning cup of joe.
Remember, it is the coffee itself that is good for you, not the added sugars, fats, and flavorings found in many creamers. So feel free to drink up for your health, but keep your morning cup as healthy as possible.
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