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15 Reasons To Drink Coffee

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There are plenty of perks to adding a daily grind.

That’s great news, because 54% of American adults drink coffee every day (about 100 million!).

The average person drinks about 27 ounces/day, and 65% add cream or sugar.1

1. Coffee reduces cavities.

As long as you take it black.2

2. Coffee consumption protects your liver.

According to a 20+ year study, drinking java reduces risk of liver cancer.

>4 cups/day = 42 % reduced risk

3. Coffee lowers risk of death.

“Older adults who drank coffee — caffeinated or decaffeinated — had a lower risk of death overall than others who did not  drink coffee”

-National Cancer Institute4

4. Coffee cuts risk of colon cancer.

Just 1-2 cups/day may lower risk by 30%.5

5. Coffee is rich in antioxidants.

In fact, it is the #1 source of antioxidants for many American adults.6

6. Caffeine reduces headache pain.

Research has shown caffeine helps pain relievers like Acetaminophen.7

7. Drinking coffee reduces depression.

Especially in older adults.8

8. Coffee reduces suicide rate by 50%.

“Caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system but may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.” -Harvard School of Public Health9

9. Coffee lowers skin cancer rate.

Women who consumed >3 cups/day had lowest risk in study published by The Journal of Cancer Research.10

10. Coffee will improve your workouts.

“Caffeine has been proven to increase the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream, which enables people to run or pedal longer (since their muscles can absorb and burn that fat for fuel and save the body’s limited stores of carbohydrates until later in the workout).” Gretchen Reynolds in NYT11

11. Coffee reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by 50%.

In adults who drink 4+ cups/day.12

12. Coffee can delay Alzheimer’s onset.

“These intriguing results suggest that older adults with mild memory impairment who drink moderate levels of coffee — about 3 cups a day — will not convert to Alzheimer’s disease — or at least will experience a substantial delay before converting to Alzheimer’s,”

-Dr. Chuanhai Cao, University of South Florida13

13. Coffee reduces risk of developing gallbladder disease (or gallstones).

By up to 45% in men and up to 28% in women.14

14. Coffee makes you smarter.

Okay, it doesn’t add intelligence, but “It allows you to use what brain power you have in a much more efficient and focused way,” said Time magazine reporter Michael Lemonick.15

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1 http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/facts/
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2848806/
3 http://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/caffeine-health-news-89/study-links-coffee-to-lower-liver-cancer-risk-686666.html?lexp=true&utm_expid=38353063-4.pIV1hUrQR8K_MJ1_OqjLag.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
4 http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2012/nci-16.htm
5 http://www.livescience.com/44688-drinking-coffee-may-cut-risk-of-colon-cancer.html
6 http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-08/acs-cin081905.php
7 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17442681
8 https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/home/GetDigitalAsset/10430
9 http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/07/drinking-coffee-may-reduce-risk-of-suicide-by-50/
10 http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/72/13/3282
11 http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/how-coffee-can-galvanize-your-workout/?_r=0
12 http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2012/acs-presspac-march-14-2012/why-coffee-drinking-reduces-the-risk-of-type-2-diabetes.html
13 http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=120795&CultureCode=en
14 http://coffeeandhealth.org/hcp-resources/coffee-and-gallbladder-function/
15 https://www.aan.com/pressroom/home/pressrelease/1096
16 http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/11/caffeine.smarter/