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Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. As it turns out, coffee is actually pretty amazing for your brain, skin, and body! According to a study done in 2005, “nothing else comes close” to providing as many antioxidants as coffee. While fruits and vegetables are clearly packed with antioxidants, the body seems to absorb the most from coffee. Read on for some of the amazing health benefits of coffee:

Cup of coffee

Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed. 

Researchers at the Seoul National University studied the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and found that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress!

Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

ScienceDaily reported in 2012 that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement.Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.”

Coffee can make you feel happier.

A study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it’s not because of the “caffeine high” — Coke can also give you a caffeine high, but it’s linked to depression. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told Prevention.com that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants.

Coffee can make you a better athlete.

The New York Times reported, “Scientists and many athletes have known for years, of course, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling.” How? Well, coffee increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, allowing athletes’ muscles to absorb and burn fats for fuel, saving the body’s small reserves of carbs for later on in the exercise.

Drinking coffee may keep your brain healthier for longer.

Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine levels. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF and co-author of the study said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

Moral of the story? Coffee is not only incredibly delicious, it packs some powerful health benefits — grab a cup and drink to your health!