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The benefits of coffee - hold the sugar!

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Perk up coffee drinkers! You may be staring into your second or third cup of the day, but there is some good news that actually favors your addiction. Check out these five benefits that will wash away your coffee-consuming guilt.

Metabolism: You probably already know that coffee is a stimulant and affects the central nervous system. You may get the jitters if you drink too much, but the plus side is that the stimulant effect actually boosts your metabolism.

Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: With Type 2 Diabetes afflicting one in eight people in the U.S., numerous studies show that coffee consumption has been associated with a 23% to 67% lower risk of diabetes. Researchers even claim that people who drink several cups per day are even less likely to develop the disease. So drink up!

Improve Mood and Brain Power: Coffee may help you stay awake, but it is also a good way to boost brain power as well as your mood. How? Caffeine blocks the effects that the neurotransmitter Adenosine has on the brain. Because of this, caffeine increases brain activity and the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. No wonder you feel so much better after those first few sips.

Improve Liver Health: For all of you excessive coffee drinkers, consuming four or more cups of coffee a day can actually lower the risk of cirrhosis by up to 80%. Coffee may also reduce the risk of liver cancer by 40%.

Nutrients and Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables. Vegetables and fruits. Aren't they the best source of antioxidants? Guess again! Coffee actually beats fruits and vegetables in antioxidant percentages. One cup of coffee alone contains:

  • 6% RDA for Vitamin B5
  • 11% RDA for Vitamin B2
  • 2% RDA for B3 and B1
  • 3% RDA for potassium and manganese

Based on these stats, a few cups of coffee will actually help you consume several essential vitamins and minerals for the day.

* Note: Adding sugar to your coffee significantly reduces the health benefits listed. So avoid the sugar and instead reap the benefits!