It’s National Coffee Month!

There are tens of thousands of coffee shops in the United States, patronized by over half the population of the country who consume at least one cup of coffee everyday. Numerous studies have published the amazing wonders that coffee can do to the overall health of its consumers.

FoodFacts.com shares some of the benefits of coffee below:

Antioxidants

Fruits and vegetables contain more antioxidants than coffee. However, majority of Americans consume more coffee than produce, thus making the beverage the primary source from which antioxidants are absorbed.

Fat burner

Coffee can help burn body fat. It is said that caffeine can increase the body’s metabolic rate, and breaks cells to release free fatty acids (FFA), which are then used as body energy.

Therapeutic aroma

The mere scent of a warm, cup of coffee relieves a person from stress related to sleep deprivation.

Emotional boost

Coffee can make you feel happy. In his study, Dr. Honglei Chen shows that those who consume coffee were less likely to feel depressed than those who don’t.

Counterattack to alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can cause liver diseases and cancer. According to a study conducted by Arthur L. Klatsky, coffee drinkers enjoy some protective benefits against liver cirrhosis developed from alcohol drinking.

Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease

According to the American Chemical Society, drinking at least four cups of coffee a day lowers a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 50%. On the other hand, ScienceDaily reports that coffee drinkers with Parkinson’s disease lower their symptoms and help control their movements.

Skin cancer

Coffee is a great addition to your list of foods that can protect you from skin cancer. Coffee drinkers have reduced chances of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Read the full story originally published on the Foodfacts.com blog on August 1, 2016.