Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Still, it would be safe to say that its reputation is more on the bad side. Science has proven that coffee is not all bad. In fact, in moderation (two cups a day), it can give you quite a few surprising health benefits.
Below are all the reasons that might make you want to pour yourself a cup.
Health benefits that will make you want to drink coffee.
Elevates mood and reduces depression
Research suggests that coffee can help prevent mild to moderate depression. This effect might be attributed to caffeine which is a psycho-stimulant that can increase wakefulness, motivation and help elevate your mood.
Improve energy levels
Caffeine in your coffee causes dopamine levels to increase which serves to maintain motivation leading to higher energy levels.
Protective effects on liver
Drinking moderate amounts of coffee might keep your liver healthy. The exact mechanism behind this is not understood by researchers yet, but positive effects have definitely been observed.
While this may be a lesser known fact, coffee provides a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radicals in the body which damage cells and may cause cancer.
Improve physical performance*
Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in the blood which puts the body on alert and leads to better physical performance.
While we may be talking about benefits of coffee, not everyone can consume it. You must make sure that you are not part of the at-risk groups. Expectant mothers, kids, lactating women, teenagers, patients with certain conditions must steer clear of this drink. If need be, consult your doctor before you start drinking coffee.
*This does not mean in any way that you consume large amount of coffee. One cup is enough at a given time.