For years coffee has been targeted as a detriment to health, however, recent studies are shedding new light on one of the most popular beverages on earth. Recent polls have shown that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink a cup of coffee every day. With this kind of percentage on the rise, scientists have flocked to the study of coffee. Here are some of their most surprising finds:
1) Drinking coffee allows for the most amount of antioxidants to be absorbed into the body. Although fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vital antioxidants, the human body seems to most easily absorb them via coffee. This 2005 study by the American Chemical Society was groundbreaking news for coffee lovers everywhere.
2) The National Chemical Society came to bat for coffee again by publishing a study that found those who drink more than four cups of a coffee a day were fifty percent less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetimes.
3) The National Institute of Health recently completed studies that showed people who drank four or more cups of coffee were ten percent less likely to develop depression than those who never drank coffee before. More studies have shown that the antioxidant level may be to thank for the mood boost, not caffeine, which was previously thought to be the reason for this phenomenon.
4) The Harvard School of Public Health completed a study that linked coffee consumption to lower risk of suicide. Their research showed that drinking between two and four cups of coffee could decrease the risk of suicide in men and women by up to fifty percent. They proposed that coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by helping to produce important neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
5) The New York Times published a study that encourages atheletes to drink coffee because of the positive effects it can have on the body during times of strenuous workouts; caffeine increases fatty acids in the bloodstream which allows athletes’ muscles to absorb and burn these necessary fats for fuel. This process allows for the body’s carbohydrates to be stored and used at a later time during endurance sports like running and cycling.
6) More recent studies in 2012 by ScienceDaily have led researchers to believe that normal coffee consumption can help people suffering from Parkinson’s disease with movement control. Prior coffee studies showed researchers that those who consume normal amounts of caffeine were less likely to develop Parkinson’s, but this new study by Ronald Postuma, MD, gave evidence that drinking coffee could help those already affected by the disease.
7) Overall, caffeine raises levels of mental acuteness by substantial amounts. Not only does this chemical energize you, it also makes your mind sharp. Recent studies have shown that drinking coffee can help improve logical reasoning, attention and overall vigilance.