That morning cup of joe doesn't just wake you from a zombie-like state and keep you from being a complete asshole to the guy in the cube next to you. In addition to making you a semi-decent human being, coffee can provide tons of health benefits.
Here are five ways drinking coffee can improve your health:
1. Improves Cognitive Function
Drinking coffee can improve short term recall, reaction time, verbal memory, and visuospatial reasoning.
In addition to the short-term benefits, several studies show that moderate consumption (defined as three to five cups per day) may even protect against Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
2. Prevents Depression in Women
According to a large study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women who drink caffeinated coffee are less likely to become depressed, with the risk of depression decreasing as more coffee is consumed.
Some experts suggest that the health benefits may be caused by the abundance of antioxidants present in coffee.
3. Enhances Fat Burning
Coffee may help you maintain -- or even lose -- weight. The caffeine found in coffee acts as a stimulant by raising adrenaline in the blood, which helps to boost metabolic rate, fat oxidation, and even endurance.
4. Reduces The Risk of Type II Diabetes
According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, coffee intake may reduce the risk of developing Type II Diabetes by up to 50 percent. This is likely due to the presence of caffeic and chlorogenic acid, which are thought to inhibit hIAPP (human islet amyloid polypeptide), a protein tied to increased diabetes risk.
5. Protects The Liver
Studies have shown coffee to be protective against liver cancer and cirrhosis, a chronic disease that can be caused by alcoholism, fatty liver and hepatitis.
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One study even found that the risk of cirrhosis can decrease by 7 percent for each additional cup of coffee per day.
Excuse me while I go have another cup.