Coffee and caffeine are brewing with health benefits. Here are 7 reasons why coffee is the ultimate health food!
Super-Size for Sweat. Research shows that caffeine blocks the signals to your brain that scream “I’m tired,” making both cardiovascular and weight-training feel less exhausting. The result: You’ll be able to work out longer, harder and faster without even realizing it!
Sip to Smile. Studies show that taking a coffee break can actually make you happier. We’re not sure if this is because you’re taking some “me time” in the middle of the day or because of the caffeine, but either way we’re happily sipping. The result: A happier you!
Brew for Brain Power. It may not come as a surprise that just one cup of coffee can increase alertness and concentration, but also did you know that caffeine-chuggers may be less prone to develop Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases? It’s true! Coffee may reduce both the cell damage associated with Parkinson’s as well as the inflammation linked to Alzheimer’s. The result: A more alert brain both now and in the future.
Pour for Perfect Teeth. Caffeinated coffee may stain those choppers of yours, but that cup of Joe may do less harm than good since caffeinated coffee has antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties that can curb cavity-causing bacteria and reduce your oral cancer risk by half. The result: A healthier mouth, stat!
Chug away Cancer. Compounds in caffeinated coffee may limit cancer cell growth. In fact, The Journal of Nutrition reports that premenopausal women who drink 4 cups of coffee per day have a 38 percent lower risk of breast cancer risk and sipping 2 to 5 cups daily may lower your non-melanoma skin cancer risk up to 17 percent. The result: You’ll reduce your breast and skin cancer risk.
Drink away Diabetes. Not a caffeine fan? Studies show that people who drink 3 to 4 cups of regular or decaf coffee each day are 30 percent less likely to develop type-2 diabetes. The result: A reduced risk of type-2 diabetes.
Make It for Your Metabolism. Just 1 cup of caffeinated coffee (sans sugar and milk) temporarily boosts metabolism by up to 15 percent. The result: You can indulge just a bit more knowing your coffee is revving your metabolism.