Majority of people have morning rituals, habits that they practice the minute they wake up, morning after morning. For some of them, their morning ritual is about hygiene: brushing their teeth to get rid of morning breath or washing their face. For some, their morning ritual is about fitness: doing a stretching routine or going for a quick jog. Still, for most people, their morning ritual consists of one thing and one thing alone: coffee. *raises hand*
There has been a lot of buzz around coffee, and this is obvious in the numerous coffee brands in the supermarket and in the countless coffee shops popping up on every street. However, with coffee’s rising popularity, there’s also been a rise in the number of tall tales surrounding this beverage.
For instance, did you know that some people believe that drinking coffee will stunt your growth? Nobody knows how this rumor got started, but it’s completely untrue! There’s no scientific evidence supporting this belief at all! Another tall tale is that coffee will cause insomnia. You see, coffee is flushed out of the body in four to seven hours, so although coffee can wake you up in the morning, it won’t stop you from having your good night’s sleep!
So now that you know these myths are just myths, what are the reasons why you should drink coffee? Below are some of them.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants!
Coffee has more antioxidant activity than both green tea and cocoa! According to scientists, there are approximately 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and this number only gets bigger during the roasting process!
It is important that your body gets all the antioxidants you can get, because these antioxidants are an anti-aging compound. Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from the oxidative damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays and smoke from cigarettes or from cars. Antioxidants also keep you looking and feeling young by preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Coffee boosts your mental health!
There’s a reason why coffee shops are filled with students, and that’s because coffee boosts your short-term memory and protects against cognitive decline! This is because coffee is able to affect the areas of the brain that are related to concentration and memory.
Austrian researchers have found that even a single cup of coffee boosts brain activity. Not only that, the research even shows that coffee improves memory skills and reaction times! Another research done on coffee, this time by Finnish researchers, proves that coffee is associated with less confusion, less memory loss, and less trouble learning new things.
Coffee is good for your heart!
Coffee is good not only for your brain and for your beauty, it’s also good for your body! A Dutch study found that coffee lowers the risk of acquiring heart diseases. Moreover, coffee supports cardiovascular health and protects the arteries from inflammatory damage. Aside from this, coffee is known to help prevent certain cancers, like prostate cancer and endometrial cancer.
Now that you know how good coffee is for you, grab your favorite mug and make yourself a cup of coffee!