My name is John and I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict.
I have drunk coffee as long as I can remember that my best coffee makers have an auto-start feature so that I can have my coffee when I wake up in the morning and when I reach the office. And as long as I can remember, almost everyone (including the intern I had last year) warned me of the adverse effects of coffee on my health.
But is it really?
Researchers have recently found that even though there are the long known downsides, coffee do have some positive effects if you refrain from having too much sugar and cream with your coffee.
Here are some reasons to put your best coffee maker into good use:
- A boost of happiness
Daily coffee drinking will help elevate your mood according to a John Hopkins study. It will add to your overall happiness because dopamine is pumped into your bloodstream. However, do limit your intake to two cups per day as too much coffee will put you at risk for higher anxiety.
- Be cancer-free
Studies at Harvard Medical School have found that coffee drinkers are 50% less probably to develop cancer. This has been proven for breast, prostate, rectal and colon cancers.
- Antioxidant galore
Coffee has never gloried for the number of antioxidants it has. Why would it? Other sources like tea and berries contain more antioxidants in a single serving than coffee does. However, these are not consumed as frequently as coffee is – according to an American study, coffee is the number one source for antioxidants in an American diet. A moderate amount of coffee daily is just what is needed to fight all the free radicals that can cause damages in your body.
- Protect your brain
I don’t know about you but I really need my morning cuppa to help jolt my brain. Well, apparently, a daily dose of java can help you sharpen your brain, especially its memory functions. A study has shown that coffee drinkers have a shorter reaction times and can fare better short-term memory functions. It has also been said to lower the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 20 years of Swedish study showed that those who drink 3-5 cups of coffee daily would be 65% less likely to develop any memory lapses as compared to people who don’t take coffee.
- Battle Type II diabetes
There is no clear conclusion yet but there are several pieces of research that suggest that coffee drinkers are unlikely to develop Type II diabetes. Of course, coffee that has been laced with sugar and creamer may not help you with keeping you from being diabetic.
These are some of the benefits of drinking coffee. So you see, your best coffee maker doesn’t necessarily have to go into retirement; you just have to practice moderation with your coffee intake and also the sweeteners that you drink with them. Coffee is not widely known for its health benefits as they are limited and a better understanding of its benefits is unlikely to be identified soon as researches are few and far in between. However, it seems like it’s on a good start.