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There are numerous health benefits to drinking coffee on a daily basis. We have selected a few to share that you may have not known about. Enjoy!

Helps with Weight Loss
It’s no secret that caffeine aids in weight loss because it curbs your appetite but what you may not know is it impacts fat cells as well. Everyone has adipose, more commonly known as brown, fat in their body. This type of fat is detrimental to the body when stored in large amounts. However, coffee activates and burns this fat which causes more calories to be burned. You only need to drink one cup of coffee a day to achieve this effect.

Contains Antioxidants
There are about 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee and it doesn’t stop there. The roasting process adds about another 100 antioxidants. But what do antioxidants do for the body? They essentially protect your body’s cells from damages that can cause cancer and heart disease.

Fights Depression
Depression affects about 15% of the population in high income nations, such as the United States. Even though depression is often thought to be caused by low serotonin levels, a new theory being researched is that it is caused by low-grade inflammation in the brain. Coffee contains many different acids which greatly reduces inflammation in the body. However, it’s important to limit the amount of coffee you consume if you have anxiety, which is common in people with depression, because the caffeine can make symptoms worse if you drink in excess.

Protects Your Liver
According to Medical News Today, liver disease is one of the most common disease-related causes of death in the United States. With these complications on the rise, it’s important to take steps to protect your liver. It’s great to know that including coffee in your daily diet can help prevent cirrhosis and many other liver diseases. But how does coffee help exactly? Apparently caffeine may slow down the growth of connective tissue in the liver. This type of tissue is commonly seen in liver fibrosis, alcoholic cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Boosts Memory
In an experimental study, subjects who were given 100mg of caffeine showed an increase in short-term memory compared with people who received a placebo. This was measured by functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI), as they performed a memory task. Although this boost in memory is temporary, it sure is nice to get that extra concentration first thing in the morning.

Coffee has so many health benefits. It’s important to stay informed as research expands on this topic, but for now there aren’t many downsides to your favorite drink. So drink up and reap the benefits!

Tessa Meriwether - Staff Writer

Tessa is a coffee aficionado, multimedia journalist, and graduate of the University of Texas in Austin currently working as a freelance journalist in Lubbock, TX.  To learn more, click here:

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