If you have been following the blog for more than a day, then you have probably picked up on the fact that I have a slight love affair with coffee.
In honor of yesterday being National Coffee Day, I thought it would be fun to gather a list of coffee facts as well as the health benefits of keeping it a part of your every day beverage intake.
For starters, one or two cups of coffee per day can increase your metabolic burn. Well, maybe not if you choose a venti mocha frappuccino topped in whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate syrup, but you know what I mean. In general, regular coffee (stripped of all the nonsense) has been proven to actually help you burn fat. Really.
That said, I feel a little bit better about enjoying an afternoon cup of joe every once in a while. In fact, I might just be sipping on a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee at home as I type. And by might, I mean definitely. It was much needed today.
Want to hear more coffee fun facts?
Here are the highlights I found searching the Interwebs.
(Sources are credited within each bullet point.)
• Coffee can help keep you happy.
“Researchers from Harvard University found that women who consumed two to three cups of caffeinated joe per day had a 15 percent lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers, while those who drank four-plus cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk. In general, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.”
“The study should not prompt non-coffee drinkers to take up the habit. It could, however, offer current coffee drinkers some reassurance.”
» Coffee Cuts Depression Risk In Women, New Study Shows, Huffington Post
• It keeps you regular.
“Coffee may help you ‘go’ for a few reasons. Drinking warm liquids gets things moving, and just the fact that it’s a liquid helps as well, since staying hydrated is one way to prevent constipation. And coffee itself is a powerful stimulant that encourages muscle contractions in the digestive tract.”
» Health Benefits of Coffee, FitSugar.
• Coffee may cut your risk of death.
“Between 1995 and 2008, male participants drinking even just one daily cup reduced their risk of death by 6%.”
“Drinking either two to three cups or six or more cups reduced the risk by 10% during the timeframe of the study. The greatest reduction of death risk was 12% in the group drinking four to five cups.”
“Know your limit: five cups.”
» 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee, Men’s Fitness.
• It helps protect your brain.
“Coffee drinkers are more likely to resist development of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life according to a 2009 study.”
» 9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee, Huffington Post.
• Caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson’s.
“Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.”
» Top 13 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coffee, Authority Nutrition.
• Coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer.
“Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.”
» What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee? Health News Today.
• It can be used as a therapeutic.
“Over the years, coffee has played a therapeutic role in patients with COPD, asthma, and in the prevention of certain neurodegenerative diseases.”
“Coffee acts as a bronchodilator, which means it helps to open up your airways, and it has been shown to help premature infants with compromised lung function. Its role in aiding in the prevention of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is due to its ability to increase activity of neurons in our brain resulting in longer life of these cells.”
• Coffee contains antioxidants.
“Coffee beans are actually the seeds inside a bright red berry, sometimes called a coffee cherry. Like all plant foods, both the berries and the seeds are rich in antioxidants. In fact, according to recent research, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet.”
» 6 Healthy Reasons to Keep Drinking Coffee, Health.
• It gives your memory a kick.
“The caffeine in a cup or two of java doesn’t just perk you up in the moment—it enhances your memory up to 24 hours after you drink it. This provides an assist when it comes to forming new memories, reports a Nature study.”
» 11 Coffee Stats You Never Knew, Shape.
• Coffee is the new chocolate milk.
“Certain beverages have star reps as pre- and post-workout drinks, like flavored fitness water, regular H2O, and even chocolate milk. Now add a cup of coffee to the list.”
“A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that contrary to what nutritionists have long thought, coffee does not dehydrate you.”
» Is Coffee the Next Big Sports Drink? Women’s Health.
Well what do you know… turns out that my coffee habit might not be one I really have to kick one of these days after all. Woo hoo!
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Questions of the Afternoon
• Are you an every day coffee drinker?
• If so, how often do you enjoy a cup (or three)?
Have a great rest of your night!