Who doesn't love coffee?! That bitter caffeinated kick-in-the-ass you need to get you out of bed in the morning is definitely what makes our lives enjoyable. There are lots of benefits of drinking coffee, and here are a few:
Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by Regulating Your Blood Sugar
Drinking up to 6 cups of coffee (in 8-ounce servings) per day reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 33-percent.
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Give You an Energy Boost by Stimulating Adrenaline Production
Findings linked caffeine ingestion prior to physical activity to improves motor skills, muscle contractions, and to greater stimulation of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Protect Your Liver from Damage by Decreasing Production of Harmful Enzymes
If you regularly imbibe (2 to 3 alcoholic drinks per day), drinking more than 2 cups of coffee daily was shown to protect the liver from damaging diseases, like cirrhosis (or alcoholic liver disease). According to a Finish study, jointly conducted by Seinäjoki Central Hospital and the University of Tampere, coffee consumption decreased the liver-damaging enzyme GGT (or gamma-glutamyl transferase) levels by up to 50-percent.
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Prevent Gout by Lowering Uric Acid Levels
Research funded by the Arthritis Foundation, found that the more coffee consumed—the lower the risk of developing the chronic joint condition. Drinking coffee lowered the levels of uric acid (which is linked to gout) in the blood in for male and female study participants
Improves Both Your Long and Short Term Memory
A study conducted by neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that moderate coffee drinking improved short- and long-term memory.
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Preventing Skin Cancer and Basal Cell Carcinoma When Used with Sunscreen
A Harvard Medical School study out of Boston linked 3 cups of caffeinated coffee daily to a 21-percent reduced risk of basal cell carcinoma in women and a 10-percent lower risk in men. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.
Improve Your Mood by Increasing Dopamine and Serotonin Production
3 to 4 daily cups of brew lowered the risk of depression in women by up to 20-percent due to increased production of “feel good” neuro-chemicals
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Reduce Risk of Parkinson's Disease by Up to 50% With 3 to 4 Cups Per Day
A study from Harvard School of Public Health found that both men and women who consumed 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day (and no more than that) cut their risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by almost 50-percent compared to those who drank fewer cups each day.
Pretty awesome reasons to drink coffee, right? You'll find that a cuppa Joe can not only help you start your day off right, but it will keep you healthy as well! As long as you don't add too much sugar, milk, and other extras, you've got nothing to worry about.
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