The media makes it difficult to keep track of what is good for our health and what isn’t. One day we are told to avoid carbs, and the next it is red meat that we should stay away from. Coffee is one of items that is hotly debated. Is any and all caffeine bad for you or is a morning jolt good for keeping you on your toes?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of drinking coffee are greater than any risk. Though coffee has been falsely accused of causing heart disease and stunted growth, research shows that this favored morning beverage actually is quite good for you.
Some misleading information comes from older research that failed to consider test subjects’ habits besides coffee drinking. Recent studies have shown that coffee drinkers enjoy protection from Parkinson’s disease, type-2 diabetes, liver disease, and depression. So, have a cup with cheers to your health!
We know that coffee makes us more alert, but did you know that it can actually help you learn and retain information. Caffeine stimulates the brain for sharpened thought processes. Caffeine is also great for metabolism. Almost every diet aid you can buy includes some caffeine because it increases metabolism by up to 10% and inhibits appetite.
Though coffee doesn’t pack the nutrient punch of milk or (natural fruit) juice, it does have some of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs each day, including 11% of your riboflavin, 6% of your vitamin B5, and 3% of your manganese and potassium. If you are drinking more than one cup of coffee each day – and we know many of you are – these numbers can add up. Coffee is also the number one source of antioxidants for many Americans.
Coffee reduces stress that leads to depression. Suicide rates are even lower for coffee drinkers. Simply the smell of coffee is therapeutic for some coffee lovers. It not only increases alertness, but it provides a little dose of happiness and calm into each and every day.
Thankfully, your daily cup or two of coffee is easy to come by. With Asheville coffee service Hav-a-Cup delivering delicious flavors of K-cup coffee directly to your door, it is easier than ever to enjoy a hot steaming cup of joe.