I have a routine every morning that hasn’t varied since my college days. Wake up, shower, a cup of coffee and the early morning CNN news broadcast courtesy of the Spectrum cable company. I started drinking coffee regularly in my college days. I was trying to fight off those hangovers, late nights, and parties. Over time, Java became such an important part of my day that it was almost a ritual every morning. I won’t pretend I started drinking coffee for its health benefits. My purpose was to be awake and sharp every morning. I only found out later about the very real benefits of a daily cup of coffee to one’s health.

3 Important Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Coffee is a staple with most Americans aged 19 and above. Whether you like your coffee black with no sugar or a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, you know you enjoy it. But did you know science shows there are actually many benefits to your daily cup of hot, strong java? Here are 3 proven health benefits that you may not have known:

  1. Caffeine improves mental and physical performance
  2. Caffeine helps burn fat
  3. Caffeine helps prevent Parkinson’s

Here’s how your daily coffee intake helps keep you in good health.

Caffeine Improves Mental and Physical Performance

Did you ever have a cup of coffee in the morning and feel less tired, more active almost immediately? There’s a good reason for that. Caffeine is a natural psychoactive contained in your coffee. This is responsible for the stimulating effect. Caffeine is perhaps the most commonly consumed psychoactive in the world. When you drink coffee, the caffeine in it travels through the bloodstream to the brain. Once there, caffeine blocks adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that reduces blood flow and heart rate. When blocked, other neurotransmitter levels start going up. Your dopamine and norepinephrine start to increase and more neurons start firing. This improves many brain functions like vigilance, mood, and memory.

Increasing epinephrine is another stimulating effect of drinking coffee. You might know epinephrine by another name: Adrenaline. Adrenaline is the hormone that floods your body during the fight-or-flight instinct. When flooded with adrenaline, your body becomes capable of intense physical exertion. You are able to act in ways that you normally might not. Caffeine also helps your body break down free fatty acids. It uses them as fuel for your physical activity.

Caffeine Helps Burn Fat

Have you ever lead the label on most fat-burning supplements? If you have, you will know most of them to contain caffeine. It’s there because caffeine is one of the very few, natural fat-burning aids. Caffeine boosts your body’s metabolism significantly, as per several scientific studies. An increased metabolic rate means your body breaks down fat for fuel much faster than usual. Caffeine can increase fat burn in both obese and lean people with varying results. However, long-term coffee drinkers with inactive lifestyles may see diminished effects.

Caffeine Helps Prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly found neurodegenerative disease in the world. Alzheimer’s is also the foremost cause of dementia in the world. It is commonly found in people above the age of 65. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this neurodegenerative disorder. The best you can do is to start taking preventive measures early on in life. Regular exercise and healthy food are two ways you can keep Alzheimer’s away. Coffee is another preventive aid that you can add to that list. In fact, people who drink coffee every day have up to a 65% reduced risk of the disease.

After Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world. Parkinson’s is a result of dopamine-generating neurons dying out in the brain. This causes impaired motor skills, tremors, and overall health degeneration. Like Alzheimer’s, there is currently no known cure for this condition. This makes prevention even more important than with other neurodegenerative disorders. Many studies have shown a reduced risk of Parkinson’s in people who drink coffee every day. In fact, coffee can reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 60%. Caffeine seems to be the primary reason for this. There is no evidence of reduced risk in people who drink decaffeinated coffee.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide. Adults of all ages consume coffee on a daily basis. Now that you know these health benefits of coffee, you’ll probably look at your morning cup with even more love. I drink coffee every day so I can stay healthy, enjoy my Spectrum triple play services and be amazing at life. I leave you with these final words of wisdom: Never trust anyone who doesn’t drink coffee!