Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One More Reason for a Daily Cup O’ Joe

Coffee may help improve memory, in addition to a wide variety of other health benefits.
Coffee may help improve memory, in addition to a wide variety of other health benefits.
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If you keep up with news, perhaps you’ll have heard this little tidbit: drinking coffee may be a boon to memory, according to a study out of Johns Hopkins University. You know how I love my coffee (one of the many reasons I love living in Seattle)—and now, I can love it even more.

Researchers showed study participants a series of images and then either gave participants 200 milligrams of caffeine or a placebo. Twenty-four hours later, the participants were asked to identify the images during a similar lineup. Those that had been given caffeine were better able to identify the images.

Caffeine has been the focus of many health and wellness studies. These studies have suggested that drinking coffee can have some incredible benefits:

Coffee can…
  • Raise our energy levels (duh)
  • Make us smarter
  • Help us burn fat
  • Improve physical performance
  • Give us several important nutrients
  • Lower our risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Protect us from Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Lower our risk of Parkinson’s
  • Keep our liver from developing cirrhosis
  • Improve our mood and fight depression
  • Lower our risk of certain kinds of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Improve longevity
  • Give us much-needed antioxidants
I never used to drink coffee, but over the years it became an acquired taste. It’s funny how our taste sometimes changes over the years. In this case, I’m so glad it did. I love my morning cup of coffee on taste along, but all these added benefits are great, too.

Are you a coffee drinker? What keeps you coming back to it every day?