Coffee gets a bad rap. Maybe because it tastes so good. Things that taste good are almost always bad for us, right?
There are some less than awesome things that can be rightfully blamed on our favorite morning brew, like insomnia, jitters, and heartburn. But people tend to overlook the truly incredible things that coffee does for us.
Of the 150 million Americans who drink a collective 400 million cups of coffee each day, most of us only give it props for its magnificent flavor and its ability to help us wake up and stay that way. Beyond the glorious caffeine, however, a lot of components in coffee are actually hard at work behind the scenes benefiting us in the most surprising ways!
10. Improves Your Mood
As any true coffee lover can attest, there is just something special about that first cup of coffee in the morning that makes everything right with the world. Coffee improving one’s mood probably sounds like a “duh,” but there is actually some science behind it.
A study from 2011 shows that moderate coffee consumption decreases the risk of depression in women, lowers the risk of suicide in men, and generally puts you in a better mood by acting as the tastiest antidepressant on Earth.
It isn’t just your imagination if that steaming cup of morning coffee makes you noticeably less irritable. It has actually been proven to positively enhance your mood by boosting serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine production.
9. Increases Mental Acuity And Brain Health
The effects that coffee has on the brain do not stop with putting you in a better mood. Coffee can also do wonders for long-term memory. Studies show that a boost of caffeine before a demanding task can increase processing and memory retention. It also helps with focus, reaction times, and reasoning.
The good news does not stop there.
According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, drinking at least three cups of coffee a day could stave off Alzheimer’s disease. If you have not poured yourself another cup yet, consider that coffee also targets the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease, reducing the risk of the disorder by 25 percent in men and a little less than that in women.