Coffee can get a bad reputation, but as it turns out, the beverage is actually chock-full of health benefits – good news considering it’s a major staple in most of our diets and one of the only things that gets some of us out of bed in the morning.

Drink up and read on to see just a few of the ways that your daily fix may be doing a lot more for your body than just keeping it awake!


Brain Juice

It’s no secret that a cup of coffee in the morning can give your mind and body the extra jolt they need to start to the day, but did you know coffee can improve your brain’s function beyond a quick energy boost? Coffee actually makes your brain work more effectively, improving logical reasoning, focus, alertness, and long-term memory. While coffee may not literally make you smarter, per se, by allowing you to use your brain in optimal ways, it might just come pretty close.


Mood Booster

Coffee also has the ability to serve as a major mood enhancer, having demonstrated an ability to lessen stress, anxiety, and even decrease the risk of depression. This has a lot to do with the fact that coffee is a major source of antioxidants, which serve as a sort of defense system for the body against harm and contribute to stronger overall health. Interestingly enough, even the smell of coffee alone has been linked to lower levels of stress.


Disease Fighter

All of the antioxidants in coffee also make the drink extremely effective in helping your body fight a number of diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver diseases such as cirrhosis, and even various forms of cancer.


Fat Burner

Caffeine increases the release of hormones like dopamine into your body, which in turn aids in accelerating your body’s metabolic rate, among other things. This effect can actually keep your metabolism working overtime for several hours after finishing a single cup. Better yet, most of the increase in metabolism associated with coffee is a result of the caffeine’s stimulation of the body’s fat-burning processes. The caffeine fuels the nervous system, which in turn sends direct signals to fat cells to break down the fat. Coffee can also be effective in improving your endurance, energy, and overall performance when consumed before a workout!


How do these health benefits change how you see your morning cup of coffee? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @tamarahoumi