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Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Tom Firehill

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5 reasons coffee is good for your health

Not that you need a reason to grab that second cup today, but this article may help erase the guilt from indulging in a little extra of the bitter nectar of the gods, also known as coffee. In the past years many health fanatics have been quick to mark off coffee as a “bad for you” item. It turns out the exact opposite is true, coffee is good for you.  Like all good things moderation is the way to go. If coffee is starting to make you feel ill in anyway, that means you’ve had too much. Don’t drink more than four cups a day and you’ll be fine. Make sure to listen to your body, so that you can enjoy coffee for many years to come.

It gives your brain superpowers

It is not a coincidence that coffee helps you navigate through rush hour traffic when you are half asleep. Coffee contains the substance we all love, caffeine. Caffeine is a psychoactive substance meaning it literally crosses from the blood stream to the brain. Other psychoactive substances include nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, LSD and a whole lot of other not-so-good for you things. We could see why people may even think if coffee falls in the same category as all of these harmful substances but like all drugs everything should be taken within limits.

Caffeine improves your mood, reaction time, memory, productivity and all other brain functions. The downside to this is that if you have too much caffeine (more than 4 cups of coffee) all of the increased brain activity can give you a headache.

It gives your body superpowers

Feeling too tired to exercise? Try taking a hit of caffeine before you hit the gym. Caffeine is an ingredient in many exercise supplements. Just as a warning, there are also studies out there that suggest this method can be bad for people with a history of cardiovascular issues, so this method is not for everyone.

Caffeine raises metabolism and oxidation to mobilize fatty acids that give the body energy. The extra energy can boost your athletic performance from 11 to 12% according to two large meta-analyses that looked at many studies examining the link between caffeine and exercise. If you need that extra edge at the game or just need an extra push to the gym, coffee can be a great option.

Great for helping your liver revitalize from hangovers

In the long run coffee actually helps the liver fight off problems caused by heavy alcohol consumption. By drinking coffee you are actually helping the liver remove toxins and lower your chances of developing various liver diseases included cirrhosis, liver cancer and fatty liver disease.

Helps you live longer

If the immortality-granting Holy Grail is filled with a liquid, that liquid would have to be coffee. Despite people still insisting that coffee is unhealthy, people who drink coffee actually live longer than those who don’t. Drinking coffee also lowers the risk of diseases people unfortunately get when much older such as Alzheimers, dementia and Parkinson’s.

It’s full of good stuff

Coffee is not just a nutritionless substance that helps us wake up in the morning. It contains lots of vitamins and antioxidants that our bodies need. It’s in fact where the western world gets most it’s antioxidants. Antioxidants are the awesome substances that protects our cells from damage which can lead to nasty things like cancer, heart disease and more. Coffee also contains B1, B2 , B3, B5, potassium and manganese. These vitamins do everything from promote healthy skin to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Coffee makes you happy

Coffee gives you an energy boost, so if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed it helps you out making you feel more ready for the day.

 

 


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