Morning coffee is like an airplane oxygen mask: You put the mask on yourself first before assisting others.
It’s estimated that 400 billion cups of coffee are drunk globally each year. Over 50% of adult Americans drink coffee every day. This represents over 150 million daily coffee drinkers.
Millions of people around the world look forward to waking up and drinking a robust cup of coffee daily. The aroma, taste and the sensations enjoyed after drinking a cup of coffee brings great pleasure to many.
Coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants in the American diet. Although fruits and vegetables are the richest sources of antioxidants, Americans on average get more antioxidants from coffee than any other source.
One of the main ingredients in coffee is caffeine. Every day about 90% of Americans consume caffeine in one form or another. Caffeine is a natural component of chocolate, coffee and tea, and it is added to most sodas and energy drinks.
Caffeine causes changes in the chemicals of our brain in two ways. First, it blocks one of the brains hormones (adenosine) from causing us to feel drowsy. This makes your brain more alert. And secondly, caffeine increases the levels of dopamine in your brain, giving us a natural sensation of pleasure and well-being. It improves or mood and attitude. That’s why many coffee enthusiasts will be quick to tell you things like:
“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.” ~Clark Gable
“Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine!” ~Johann Sebastian Bach
“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles.”
“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” says Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies, which conducts its own medical research and tracks coffee studies from around the world. “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”
Consider this: At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s, with three showing the more they drink, the lower the risk. Other research shows that compared to not drinking coffee, at least two cups daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones.
Some of the health benefits include:
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Lowers the overall odds of dying prematurely
- Study: Caffeine puts females in the mood for sex
- Increases potency rate in men over age 60
- 70% less likely to get liver cancer
- Reduces risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 50%
- 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s
- Prevents liver damage from alcohol—80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk
- Decreases your risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers by 50%
- Reduces Alzheimer’s risk by 67%
- Risk of cardiovascular disease reduced by 24%
- Reduces the risk of stroke by 43%
- 28% Reduced Risk of developing colon cancer
- Beneficial in Men With Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Prevents Skin Cancer
- Drinking coffee reduces the risk of gallstones by nearly 50%
- 40% lower risk of the inflammatory condition Gout
- Less likely to develop an involuntary eye spasm
- Lifts your mood
- Helps relieve headaches
- Helps manage asthma and control attacks
- Enhance physical performance
- Increases alertness and boosts concentration
- Kids may do better on school tests
- Reduces Risk of Dental Cavities
- Promotes more sexual activity in women and higher potency in men