Despite what has been said in the past about how coffee is bad for us, there has been alot of recent studies that prove otherwise. Research recently has shown that coffee may help lower the risk of some diseases, contain healthy nutrients, and improve brain functions.
However, coffee has caffeine and caffeine is a drug. Enjoyed in low to moderate doses is generally safe but, caffeine is addictive. Users may become dependent, making it more difficult to cut back or even quit. When one quits cold turkey, it can trigger pounding headaches, fatigue, and mental fuzziness for a few days.
Please be careful on how much coffee you do drink daily. Here are 5 healthy reasons why you should be drinking coffee.
1. Improves Brain Function
Moderate coffee with caffeine (1-6 cups a day) helps you focus and improves mental alertness. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called Adenosine. Caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream then travels to the brain. The neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increase and leads to enhanced firing of neurons.
2. Lowers Risk of Death
A large study was done on the risk of death in men and women. In men, the risk of death was lowered by 20% while it was lowered by 26% in women.
3. Lowers Risk of Depression
In 2011, a study was done that showed women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee daily had a 20% lower risk of depression. Additionally, a study was done that found that women who drank coffee were 53% less likely to commit suicide. Another study in 2013 by Harvard’s School of Public Health found that people who drank 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day cut their suicide risk by 45%. Mainly because of the coffee stimulant effect helps boost patient’s moods.
4. Lowers Risk of Some Cancers
5. Contains Essential Nutrients
A single cup of coffee contains many essential vitamins and minerals. Nutrients like maganese, potassium, along with vitamins B2 (Riboflavin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), And B3 (Niacin) are found in a single cup.