1. Coffee May prevent Depression
I think we can all agree that coffee has the magical mood-boosting powers that help to take us out of our morning funk before coming into work each day. But the magic in coffee isn’t the fairy dust that I was imagining. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered woman who drink fully caffeinated coffee on a regular basis have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. During the study a group of 10 woman were followed for 10 years and found that as more coffee was consumed (up to sis cups per day), the likelihood of depression decreased.
2. Coffee May Help Promote a Healthy Weight
Indulging in a hot cup of Cappuccino or espresso after a meal does more than just make you feel relaxed. Chris Kilham, medical researcher, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc. and author of Psyche Delicacies says that drinking coffee after a meal causes your body to more slowly process the meal that you just ate. Professor of nutritional science at Cornell University, David Levitsky says that “caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps its contents into the duodenum- a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place- and also increases metabolic rate.” Although all this information is extremely interesting, don’t expect a cup of coffee to be a miracle weight loss tool. Instead, sipping a cup of java before a meal could in small part, help promote a healthy weight.
3. Coffee May Boost Fertility in Men
According to John Wilcox, MD, FACOG, managing partner and reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in California, says “Studies have shown that caffeine has a positive effect on sperm motility- the ability of sperm to move toward an egg- and could increase your chances of getting pregnant. Also, a study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo found that sperm motility was markedly higher in coffee drinkers versus non coffee drinkers. And it turns out that it doesn’t matter whether you drink one or ten cups a day; the only detectable difference was found between coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers.
4. Coffee Can Harbour Bacteria
If you were asked what you thought the most unclean place in your house was, you would probably think of the kitchen sink or the garbage. But surprisingly enough, your coffee machines reservoir is also at the top of the lost. A study conducted by NSF International, a non-for-profit health and safety organization, found that the reservoirs they studies were filled with yeast and mold organisms. Most of the volunteers admitted to rarely cleaning or disinfecting their reservoirs. Due to the left over water in that area, plus the fact that it’s a humid part of the machine, this all contributed to the bacterial growth.
5. Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer
Staying out of the sun and regularly applying a liberal amount of SPF should always be your number one line of defense against skin cancer. That said, a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk. However, the research did not indicate that coffee consumption reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, making it all the more important to protect your skin when outdoors.
6. It’s not truly addictive
While a lot of people say that they can’t make it through the day without a few cups of coffee, Liz Applegate, PhD, faculty member and director of sports nutrition at the University of California at Davis, explains that caffeine is not addictive. “Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and the World Health Organization states that it is wrong to compare caffeine intake to drug addiction, since people can reduce or eliminate caffeine from their diet without the serious psychological or physical problems that result from a true addiction.” However, serious coffee drinkers may experience symptoms such as fatigue and irritability if they reduce their intake. According to Dr. Applegate, people who consume 600 milligrams of caffeine (about six small cups of coffee) daily are most likely to experience these symptoms, but they will usually resolve themselves after a few days.