If a non-morning person is forced to rush out the door before 8 A.M. without having received her life-giving java jolt, will the day even progress past 8:15?
One of philosophy’s burning questions, ladies!
The answer, of course, is Not. A. Chance.
But just when you thought your caffeine addiction had – maybe, possibly? – reached the breaking point where you actually considered quitting (yeah, right!)…think again. Recent findings compiled by Medical News Today suggest that your trusty “cuppa joe” is more than a crutch to keep you semi-alert during staff meetings. Numerous health benefits in coffee might just keep you breathing on this earth longer too.
- Let’s start with the basics: 1 serving of black coffee only contains about 2 calories. Of course, if you load up on refined sugars or half-and-half, the calorie count will increase (not to mention, the nutritional value will decrease). However, by substituting all-natural Stevia powder or sugar-free International Delight creamer (35 calories per serving), your health will stay on track without skimping on flavor.
- A study conducted at Pennsylvania’s University of Scranton found that coffee is the leading source of antioxidant consumption among Americans. Antioxidants neutralize harmful free-radicals in the body and, therefore, are essential for fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, researchers stress that moderation is still key, as coffee may also cause anxiety, jitters, or high blood pressure (2 cups every morning should suffice).
- Another study conducted at UCLA found that coffee increases the body’s production of a protein called SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). This protein keeps estrogen and testosterone at manageable levels, which consequently, can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes. In fact, researchers discovered that regular coffee drinkers are about 30% less likely to develop diabetes than non-coffee drinkers.
- According to the American Academy of Neurology, the abundance of caffeine in coffee may play some role in helping Parkinson’s disease patients control their movements. For those, who already suffer from the illness, caffeine can alleviate stiffness and fatigue. As for non-Parkinson’s sufferers, a moderate daily dose of coffee significantly reduces the risk of future development.
- And 1 final benefit of our beloved bean: according to the medical journal Hepatology, consuming 2 cups of coffee every day may prevent – or, at least, delay – cirrhosis of the liver (damage to the organ from excessive alcohol use) by 22%. Furthermore, although researchers haven’t yet pinpointed this, evidence shows that an ingredient in coffee lessens the chances of liver cirrhosis-related death by 66%.
See…I knew there was an explanation for my inability to function before taking that first glorious sip. Seems legit.