The best way to feel good in the morning is to get a good night’s rest. However, some nights it’s just not possible – we go to bed too late, have to get up early, or have a tough time sleeping. Many people turn to a cup of coffee to help them on those mornings that are a little more difficult, many others simply enjoy a hot cup of coffee every morning. Science is beginning to discover that coffee may go beyond giving you a little extra jolt to get through the morning. In many cases, a regular cup of coffee has several health benefits.
A study conducted by Harvard University indicates that coffee may reduce the risk of depression in women. The study found that women who drank coffee regularly were less likely to experience depression. Researchers were clear that more studies needed to be conducted before it could be concluded that coffee was a cure for depression. But, coffee drinkers could be assured that there is some benefit to their daily consumption.
Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic states, “Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants.”
Another study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that caffeinated coffee fights Alzheimer’s in mice. Researchers believe that something in coffee works with the caffeine to increase a growth factor found in the brain that fights Alzheimer’s. While this study was done with mice, surveys of humans that addressed similar issues done in the past seem to indicate similar, positive results.
All of this good news is not free license to drink as much coffee as you want. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety and even heart irregularities. Also, remember that putting cream and sugar in your coffee will add calories and the sugar will be tougher on your teeth. For coffee to remain a healthy habit, don’t let it replace your intake of water or milk. As with all things, moderation is important. One cup of coffee with cream and sugar or several cups of black coffee may have various health benefits. So go ahead and enjoy your morning ritual cup of coffee or afternoon energy boosting break without any guilt!