People have this image of coffee drinkers as being these stressed-out, jittery, sleep-deprived and work-obsessed individuals. That’s what tea drinkers want you to think! In reality, coffee has been shown to have shockingly high number of potent health benefits, and provides a number of rare benefits and vitamins that aren’t well represented in the western diet.
Not only does it contain healthy stuff you don’t get elsewhere, but it’s been shown to have all manner of other mental health benefits. What it comes down to, is that coffee is delicious, it wakes you up, and it makes you healthier. Here’s a few more ways that coffee is good for you!
Improve Brain Function and Memory
Coffee has been shown to improve mental agility and memory. When it comes to mood, energy levels, vigilance, reaction times and general cognitive function, caffeine does some really amazing things. Beyond the short term benefits of improving memory, coffee has been linked to helping prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as other mental health conditions. Controlled scientific trials and experimentation has shown that coffee has the power to truly focus you, mentally.
Take Control of Your Sleep Pattern
Coffee wakes you up, and can help combat tiredness. If you’ve had a damaged sleeping pattern, for whatever reason, be it young kids, jetlag, work or a simple night out, coffee can help you stay awake when you need to be awake, and therefore fall asleep when you need to. Having a regular sleep pattern is vital when it comes to living a healthy and consistent life, without it, eventually things break down, and you won’t be able to perform your best. Coffee, in moderation, can help that.
Help Combat Attention Issues
Okay, I already mentioned the ways in which coffee can help improve mental function, but if you’re a sufferer of ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), coffee can help you bat away distractions, and get on with what you need to. Helping deal with distraction and focus can be incredibly helpful, without any of the issues attached to ADHD/ADD medication. Some individuals with the condition even report that coffee helps them to sleep, somehow!
Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
Every commercial fat burning product contains caffeine. That’s not a coincidence. Coffee has been shown to boost metabolic rate by 3-11%, and is one of the very few proven natural substances that helps burn fat. If you’re looking to lose a bit of weight, coffee can be extremely helpful. Admittedly the effectiveness for metabolic rate boosting, and weight loss has been shown to decrease for long term coffee drinkers, but it can still prove helpful.
Coffee is Statistically Proven to Help with Depression
A study by Harvard, conducted in 2011, showed that statistically, individuals that drank more than four cups of coffee per day, were staggeringly statistically less likely to become depressed, or commit suicide. Obviously, it’s no cure, but it can be very helpful.
Coffee is an Amazing Source of Antioxidants
Within the western diet, studies have shown that coffee is a rare huge source of antioxidants, more that, in fact, both fruits and vegetables, statistically. All in all, coffee has a huge range of health benefits, all while being a tasty beverage that perks you up, what’s not to love?!