The 5 Best Benefits Of That Cup Of Coffee

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    A cup of coffee on a table

    Coffee. Joe. Java. Whatever you call it, 54% of Americans drink it everyday. While experts warn that there’s definitely such a thing as too much, they also agree that coffee may actually help boost your health.

    Several studies conducted over the past several years have suggested that coffee can…

    Make you happier…

    A study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who weren’t coffee drinkers.

    Reduce type 2 diabetes risks…

    Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.

    Improve your mental health…

    Researchers at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress.

    Similarly, A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The study authors believe that coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.

    Improve your performance…

    According to the New York Times, “Scientists and many athletes have known for years, of course, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling.” Also, experts say that caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows athletes’ muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel.

    Help your brain stay healthier…

    Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

    …And That’s Not All!

    New research now suggests that people who drink at least a cup a day have a lower risk of liver cancer:

    • People who said they drank one to three cups of coffee a day had a 29 percent reduced risk
    • People who regularly had more than four cups of coffee a day had a 42 percent reduced risk

    What researchers don’t yet understand is how coffee helps fight cancer cells.

    “That’s what everybody wants to know,” said study author V. Wendy Setiawan, an assistant professor in the department of preventive medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

    Setiawan says coffee has close to 100 active compounds including antioxidants, polyphenols and caffeine. It’s also known to affect liver enzymes.

    “At this time, I don’t think anybody has any idea what compound is protective,” she said.

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