Your Body on Coffee
Sure, it's addictive, and you're right to blame it for sometimes giving you jitters, but coffee works head to toe to for its health halo. Drink it all in:
Mood: Depression risk was 20% lower in women who drank 4 daily 8-oz cups of coffee, finds a Harvard School of Public Health study. Caffeine may affect brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
Memory: 200mg of caffeine - the amount in two 8-oz cups - improved long-term memory in a recent study.
Heart: 200 to 300mg of caffeine a day may make your heart perform better by improving blood flow during rest.
Skin: Women who consumed more than 3 cups of coffee a day had a significantly lower risk of basal cell carcinoma in a 2012 study.
Energy: Drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee an hour prior to a workout and you'll go for longer, finds a PLoS One study.
Liver: Drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day appears to protect against liver diseases such as cirrhosis.
Diabetes risk: Drinking six 8-oz cups of coffee daily was linked to a 33% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a Harvard review of 28 studies.
Feet: Drinking 6 daily cups of coffee reduced the risk of gout for men by 59%. Coffee appears to lower levels of uric acid in the blood.
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