Health Benefits of Coffee

June 3rd, 2017

If you are a coffee-drinker, you already know how amazing this drink is. As it turns out, coffee is good for more than helping you wake up in the morning. This liquid is also beneficial to your skin, physical health, and mental health. Here are nine amazing benefits of coffee.

It’s great for your skin

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1) Tighten Skin

Coffee can tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Smarter Skin Dermatology’s Dr. Sejal Shah explains that “caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can dehydrate fat cells.” This shrinks the fat cells and can even reduce the circumference of your skin. To take advantage of this beauty-enhancing benefit, use a facial cream or scrub made from green coffee extract or coffee grounds.

2) Soothe Swelling

No one wants to walk around with dark circles under their eyes. Fortunately, coffee makes these puffy spots less noticeable by constricting the blood cells. It can also reduce redness and other areas of inflammation. To benefit from these anti-inflammatory effects, try a coffee-based mask.

3) Prevent Premature Aging

Coffee may be the secret to youthful skin. Caffeine is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent premature aging in your skin by counteracting the negative the effects of UV rays, pollution, and harsh climates. Coffee-based facial serums will help your skin in the fight against aging.

It helps your physical health

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1) Limit Muscle Pain

Consuming caffeine an hour before working out can reduce the muscle pain felt after a workout. Caffeine blocks the body’s receptors for chemicals that cause the muscles to cramp. Try a cup of coffee before your next work out.

2) Increase Fiber

Increasing your fiber intake is one of the best ways to support a healthy digestive system. Brewed coffee contains fiber that can absorb excess water in the digestive tract and regulate blood sugar levels.

3) Boost Your Metabolism

Caffeine can increase metabolism and break down fats stored in fat tissue. It stimulates the central nervous system and slows the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. If you want to cut down on a little fat, coffee can help.

It protects your mental health

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1) Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but that does not mean there is nothing you can do to stop it. Drinking coffee reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease, especially in people who drink coffee routinely.

2) Decrease Depression

Drinking coffee can reduce your risk of becoming depressed, and it can help prevent depressed individuals from committing suicide. Caffeine helps the brain to release dopamine – the chemical that causes us to feel happy – and acts as a mood regulator.

3) Lower Risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease occurs when dopamine-generating neurons in the brain stop. Since coffee triggers the release of dopamine, it acts as a stimulant for these neurons. Caffeine exercises the neurons and reduces the drinker’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

You already know that coffee will make your day better, and know you know how it can improve your health. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your cup of joe.

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Sources: Authority Nutrition, Popsugar, Caffeine Informer, LiveScience