Hi. My name is Caitlin, and I’m addicted to coffee. I’m not joking. I am a legitimate caffeine addict. I get withdrawals, caffeine headaches and am a certified grouch unless I’ve had at least two cups in my system. I don’t even really feel the effects of caffeine anymore so much as I feel the effects of not having any. I’ve significantly cut back on my intake for health reasons, but I always get excited when I see a new study that celebrates the benefits of my favorite beverage.
Seriously, coffee has a lot of benefits and it makes a mean body scrub. I know that coffee isn’t for everyone, and that’s cool. I’m just really sick of people telling me that I shouldn’t drink coffee or “Caitlin, that coffee IV drip is a bad idea!” Just, like, mind your own business, okay? I don’t judge you for drinking Diet Coke so back off. (I think I need another cup. Sorry.)
Anyway, coffee is a pretty miraculous thing. Don’t believe me? Check out these amazing facts!
It Can Improve Memory
According to a recent study, drinking coffee after a study session boosts memory for up to 24-hours. But don't go overboard because the effects were found with subjects consuming 200-mg of caffeine, or a double espresso.
Coffee Makes You Smarter
For real, coffee literally stimulates your brain and makes you more focused. When you drink coffee, it sends a bunch of positive neurotransmitters to your brain and blocks the negative ones that make you feel tired. In doing this, you feel more focus, have better reaction times and are more logical.
It's Good For Your Heart
Coffee has long been linked to a healthy heart. A recent study showed that caffeine from coffee might help your small blood vessels work better, which is great for your heart. Previous studies have shown that coffee drinkers are at a lower risk for heart attacks, heart disease and strokes and even that it helps improve the function of larger arteries.
Coffee Can Boost Your Workout
Because the caffeine in coffee helps circulate fatty acids in your blood, coffee can help you last longer during a workout. Having a cup of coffee before a workout may help you get through without feeling totally exhausted and can help you endure longer activities.
All The Antioxidants
Coffee is packed with antioxidants according to this study. And the majority of Americans get their antioxidants from coffee.
Coffee Makes You Happy
People who drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop depression and generally feel happier. It's not just the caffeine either because other drinks are packed with artificial sweeteners that are linked to depression. Some think those antioxidants might have something to do with it, but all I know is that coffee makes me smile so there.
Coffee Drinkers Are At Lower Risk For Suicide
According to a recent study, scientists found that coffee drinkers are at a 50% less risk of committing suicide. The link seems to be that coffee has similar effects to anti-depressants like serotonin and dopamine.
Coffee Lowers Risk For Type 2 Diabetes
Studies show that those who drink at least three cups of coffee a day are at a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And coffee doesn't just lower the risk. It lowers it by 42%! That's a lot.
Women Who Drink Coffee Are At A Lower Risk For Skin Cancer
This doesn't mean you can skimp on the sunscreen application, but increased coffee consumption leads to a lower risk of skin cancer. Women who drink more than three cups of coffee per day were at the lowest risk of developing basil cell carcinoma according to this study. Pack an iced coffee next time you're at the beach!
Just Smelling Coffee Can Give You Energy
I know a lot of people don't like the taste of coffee, but I don't know anyone who hates the smell of it. Why? Because smelling coffee gives you a boost of energy. Seriously, simply smelling coffee makes your brain feel less stressed and more energized.
Do you drink coffee? Did you know these facts? Tell us in the comments!