Coffee can do more than just fuel your morning

CoffeeMillions of people start their day the same way, with a nice hot cup of coffee to get things going. There are all kinds of ways to enjoy it with the varying amounts of sugar or cream you like to add, but the constant is that pick-me-up that helps kick your day into gear.

But did you know that there are a handful of other benefits coffee brings to your body than just an influx in energy? A handful of studies have shown positive effects that coffee has in areas you might not have expected to get out of your morning cup of joe! Check out a few of those from an article compiled by The Huffington Post…

It may lower your risk of death.

We’re all going to die eventually, but coffee appears to lengthen the “when” for individuals with certain chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, according to a large 2012 study. In fact, the study found that the more coffee (three or more cups a day), the lower the risk of death regardless of whether participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Findings were similar to another large study published in 2008.

It can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

A 2012 study found that a compound in coffee actually helped to block a substance in the body called  human islet amyloid polypeptide that may play a role in the development of diabetes. Further studies have demonstrated  that caffeinated coffee consumption is linked to decreased diabetes risk as well.

It helps protect your brain.

Coffee drinkers are more likely to resist development of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life according to a 2009 study . Another study  done on rats found that just the smell of coffee helped to reduce stress that was associated with loss of sleep. So, if you’re smiling next time you roll out of bed and walk toward the coffee pot, there may be a reason why!

It’s great for your skin.

Drinking coffee may help you to ward off the most diagnosed form of skin cancer! A study  in the journal Cancer Research that looked specifically at the caffeine in coffee demonstrated that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

Those are just a few of the big ones too. There’s more you can learn about what you get out of coffee here:

So with all those perks out there, come enjoy a cup of coffee with us at Huckleberry’s as a part of your morning!