Caffeine Kickstart: 7 Reasons To Love Caffeine
Coffee has been considered a vice since the beginning of time. There are countless studies telling you why caffeine is good and bad for you and offering advice on intake, means of brewing and the likes. We did a little digging and found that drinking java isn’t such a bad thing after all – who can say no to happiness in a mug? We at Coffee Planet have listed seven reasons we love our coffee and why you should too.
- It fends off diseases: The big ‘C’ is a word we all wish never to hear from our doctors. Caffeine to the rescue! Several research studies have shown regular consumption of caffeine reduces the risk of breast cancer development in women by 57% and lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer by 60% in men.
- Pump up your workout: What if you could workout harder without giving up on your cup of Joe? Research shows that caffeine increases the amount of calcium released in the muscles during exercise, thus increasing athletic ability by approximately 3%. Bring on that cappuccino, stat!
- The darker the roast, the lower the caffeine: If you need that extra kick to get through today, go ahead and grab that steaming cup of coffee today (be sure to check for the dark roast kind though).
- Sharpen your memory: A study conducted at John Hopkins University revealed that when test subjects were given regular doses of caffeine, they displayed signs of improved image pattern recognition. It has also been linked to lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. If you’re a coffee drinker and forget your mum’s birthday, you’ve got no excuse – don’t say we didn’t warn you.
- It’s great for the skin: Coffee contains caffeic acid, an antioxidant with antimicrobial properties that helps protect it against germs, boosting collagen production and rejuvenating the skin by reducing wrinkles and smoothing away cellulite. Brb – Googling ‘how to make a coffee mask’ right now.
- What’s Your Flavour: Did you know caffeine doubles as a flavouring agent in baked goods, puddings and desserts? It’s perfect for cutting the sugar content in confectionery foods. No wonder coffee cakes taste amazing.
- Mood-boosting goodness: Studies suggest that having a small amount of caffeine on a daily basis helps improve mood and concentration and also increases lifespan. That makes sense – happy people are said to live longer – we now know the source their happiness emanates from!