As I’m sure my fellow busy bees will know, getting through the day without coffee is quite a task. In fact, it’s thought that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee at least once a day, whilst almost a quarter of those surveyed admitted to drinking 13 or more cups a week.
Clearly, we love caffeine here in the US, which explains why there are well over 13,000 Starbucks scattered around our coffee-saturated country. Interestingly though, according to a study recently released by Couponbox Starbucks coffee is quite cheap here in the States – in NYC a cappuccino costs just $3.15 compared to $6.06 in Bern, Switzerland, for example – almost as if the brand’s blended brews are an everyday purchase rather than a treat.
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Fortunately, there are numerous health benefits that accompany a borderline obsession with caffeine, so we can officially embrace our love for coffee! Here are four reasons why we should all be drinking coffee on a daily basis:
Smelling Coffee Reduces Stress
A study conducted by the Seoul National University has discovered that just smelling coffee can reduce stress. Using sleep-deprived rodents the research team found that the animals that were able to smell coffee’s delicious scent began to produce chemicals in their brains that made them less stressed. So, if you’re sleep deprived the theory is you only need to smell coffee aromas to start feeling more relaxed.
Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Can Be Reduced Using Coffee
Back in 2012, ScienceDaily revealed an unprecedented study regarding the correlation between Parkinson’s disease and coffee. The study’s author, Ronald Postuma, stated that the study not only showed that people who drink coffee regularly were less likely to suffer from Parkinson’s, those who already had the disease with movement symptoms showed considerable improvement.
Your Liver Loves Coffee
If you think you love coffee, just wait until you read about how much your liver appreciates your obsession. In 2006, a study involving 125,000 individuals over the age of 22 found that participants who drank one or more cups of coffee a day were 20% less likely to develop liver cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis is an extremely damaging autoimmune disease common amongst people who consume far too much alcohol and can often result in cancer and liver failure.
Coffee Keeps Your Brain Healthy
The University of South Florida and the University of Miami have concluded that those over the age of 65 who have high caffeine level in their blood tend to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life than their coffee-less counterparts. USF Neuroscientist Dr Chuanhai Cao stated that whilst coffee cannot protect you from developing Alzheimer’s at all, it could delay its onset by two to four years.
There are plenty of other benefits to drinking small amounts of coffee on a regular basis, but these have to be the best. Not only will you now be able to get through your day without falling asleep on public transport, you’ll know that you’re helping yourself stay healthy.
* This post was written by Julia Harrison.