Want to start your new year with a healthier, happier and more awake you? Drink coffee.
While coffee won’t fix everything, it has many known health benefits, including protecting against diseases and improving mood. It’s no secret that we think everyone should drink coffee, the word “coffee” is in our name after all, so we came up with a list of reasons for the non-caffeinated to start drinking our favorite brews.
1 . Coffee is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are natural or man-made substances that prevent or delay certain types of cell damage. There are more antioxidants in coffee than in green tea and cocoa with coffee being the biggest dietary source of antioxidants in Americans.
2. It’s good for your liver
Whether you drink regular or decaf, coffee drinkers are more likely to have healthy liver enzyme levels than people who don’t drink coffee. And for those of you who enjoy a cocktail or two, coffee can also help to prevent liver cirrhosis.
3. Caffeine can increase energy levels and improve brain function
This might seem like a no brainer (no pun intended), but it’s still important nonetheless. That jolt of energy is a result of caffeine absorbing into your bloodstream, which then travels to your brain. Coffee can improve mood, memory, reaction times and general mental function due to caffeine’s role in blocking the neurotransmitter that makes you tired, adenosine.
Speaking of improving your mood, coffee also helps people get along with their coworkers. Employees who drink coffee have a more positive view of themselves and others than those who don’t.
4. Get stronger DNA
Exercising will strengthen your muscles, but it won’t strengthen your DNA. Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occurs naturally but can lead to health problems, like tumors, if not repaired by your cells.
5. You could live longer
Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from various health problems, like coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Who doesn’t want to live longer?