How Coffee Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Heart shaped coffee bean

If you needed a few more reasons to carry on drinking coffee, you’re in luck my friend. It turns out that along with its ability to make you more alert, coffee also has several proven health benefits.

There are actually loads of reported health benefits to drinking coffee, but here are a few of the best ones.

Coffee is a Massive Source of Antioxidants

In the western world, coffee is actually the number one provider of most of our antioxidants. In a study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition that compared the intakes of antioxidants in coffee, wine and vegetables, coffee was the single greatest contributor.

Looking for a New Year detox? Start drinking more coffee! (Maybe skip the milk though).

Coffee Could Help Fight Depression

Those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are 10% less likely to suffer from depression, a study from the National Institute of Health claims.

It’s not the caffeine that produces this effect however, as other caffeinated drinks like Coca-Cola are reported to increase the chances of depression. So it’s reasonable to assume that it’s those lovely antioxidants which help you combat feeling down.

Your Liver Loves Coffee

Several studies have reported the positive effects that coffee can have on the liver, especially if you like the odd alcoholic drink.

They showed that drinkers who consume one cup of coffee per day were 20% less likely to develop alcoholic liver cirrhosis and that regular coffee consumption is linked to a lower chance of liver failure and even cancer.

It improves your athletic performance without resorting to blood transfusions

OK, so you probably weren’t going to go all Lance Armstrong anyway, but caffeine has long been used as an effective and legal way of boosting performance during physical activity.

It increases the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream which enables the body to turn fat into energy more quickly. On top of this, coffee also increases adrenaline levels, helping the body prepare for physical exertion.

So, get the most out of your work out by necking an espresso or two before hand!

Coffee can make you smarter

That’s right, drinking coffee improves things like vigilance and reaction times, all things associated with high intelligence.

Although this may be only a temporary improvement, it is one nonetheless, and it is especially effective when you are sleep-deprived.

In conclusion then, I think it’s safe to say that drinking coffee makes you a more healthy and generally better person.

This post was written by Paul Drury, coffee lover and writer at Jackson Green Coffee.