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12 ways coffee makes you happier, smarter & stronger

You already know that in the right quantities caffeine in coffee can drastically improve physical performance, but it doesn’t stop there.

It may sound too good to be true, but there’s plenty of research showing that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. Why? Because coffee is brimming with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that can improve your overall health.

With the help of Authority Nutrition, we’ve listed the top 12 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, established from actual human studies!

1. COFFEE CAN IMPROVE ENERGY LEVELS AND MAKE YOU SMARTER

Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called Adenosine, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.

2. COFFEE CAN HELP YOU BURN FAT

Several studies show that caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have been proven to aid fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.

3. THERE ARE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IN COFFEE

Many of the nutrients found in coffee beans make it into your delicious cup of coffee, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.

4. COFFEE MAY LOWER YOUR RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES

Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of getting type II diabetes, a huge health issue that currently afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.

5. COFFEE MAY PROTECT YOU FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide. Incredibly, several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

6. 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.

7. COFFEE APPEARS TO HAVE PROTECTIVE EFFECTS ON THE LIVER

Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing cirrhosis, which can be caused by several diseases that affect the liver.

8. COFFEE CAN FIGHT DEPRESSION AND MAKE YOU HAPPIER

Coffee appears to lower the risk of developing depression and may dramatically reduce the risk of suicide.

9. COFFEE DRINKERS HAVE A LOWER RISK OF SOME TYPES OF CANCER

Liver and colorectal cancer are the 3rd and 4th leading causes of cancer death worldwide. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of both.

10. COFFEE DOES NOT CAUSE HEART DISEASE AND MAY LOWER THE RISK OF STROKE

Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease, but a slightly lower risk of stroke.

11. COFFEE MAY HELP YOU LIVE LONGER

Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. There are actually several observational studies showing that coffee drinkers do indeed live longer and have a lower risk of premature death.

12. COFFEE IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN THE WESTERN DIET

For people who eat a standard Western diet, coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of the diet. That’s because coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants, and studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables… combined!

All scientific references can be found in Authority Nutrition’s comprehensive article.

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