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Discover the Advantageous Effects of Coffee on Mind and Body

Updated on February 1, 2017

Four Beneficial Reasons to Drink Coffee

Coffee has gone where no other caffeinated beverage has ever ventured and it boldly effects the health and cognitive thinking of our everyday lives. There are so many people in this world that would not be able to function without it in the morning; it's easy to see how one can get so addicted to the delicious brew. There was a time in my life when I couldn't even stand the smell of it, but now that same smell that I despised years ago makes my entire day complete. I still believe that it's an acquired taste just like beer but if you aren't drinking it now maybe this article will make you change your mind. Many people don't even realize the kinds of effects coffee has on our body; don't worry many of these health effects are actually positive. “There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Improving Memory: Many of us experience short term memory loss, but one of the benefits of drinking even just one cup of coffee a day is an improvement in memory. It's easy to get busy throughout the day and forget all those small tasks and little facts because our mind is overwhelmed with much bigger problems. Coffee and caffeine helps us focus on all the small things while still being able to think about the larger problems at hand.

Alzheimer's Disease: Sure you may think, I'm young right now and there is no way that I should worry about Alzheimer's. It is a disease associated with the elderly. It's a common age-related illness and coffee may help you decrease your risk of developing dementia. One study shows that three cups of coffee, lowered instances of dementia and Alzheimer's. This study used participants 65 years and older with a slight memory impairment and found that over four years of this study, not one of the participants had developed Alzheimer's disease.

Risk of Stroke: Coffee is filled with beneficial antioxidants. Unlike soda which actually increases your risk of stroke, drinking just one cup of decaf or caffeinated coffee can decrease your risk of stroke. The decrease in risk of stroke was found to be in most cases about 10 percent. So switch out one soda a day for a cup of coffee and you'll be making a healthy change.

Proofread: This last benefit is probably the most unique. Coffee can actually help students find grammatical errors more easily. According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, coffee allowed students to correct subject-verb agreement and verb tense but it did not improve student's ability to correct misspelled words. So if you are writing a paper and want to edit it yourself, pour yourself a cup of Joe and do it yourself; just don't forget to turn on your spell check.


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