Coffee makes happyAndré Schmitt
Coffee is a drink that is loved by many people around the world. Whether as a breakfast drink, as a pick-me-up in the afternoon or as a moment of enjoyment in the evening – coffee is an indispensable part of our everyday lives. But what actually makes coffee so special and how can it make us happy?
Health benefits of coffee
Coffee contains numerous ingredients that can have a positive effect on our health. For example, regular consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of certain diseases. A National Institutes of Health study found that regular consumption of coffee is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease (1). Another study from the National Cancer Institute found that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers (2).
Coffee can also have a positive effect on the brain. A University of South Florida study found that coffee can improve memory and cognitive abilities in older people (3). Another study from the National Institutes of Health found that coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (4).
Emotional benefits of coffee
In addition to the health benefits, coffee can also have positive effects on an emotional level. Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, which makes us alert and awake. A study by the National Institutes of Mental Health found that caffeine stimulates the nervous system and improves mood (5).
In addition, coffee can also have social benefits. A University of California study found that people who drink coffee are more likely to help others and engage in social activities (6). Coffee can also help foster social interactions by serving as a conversation starter or being shared as a common source of enjoyment.
Motivation through coffee
Coffee can also help to increase our motivation and performance. A National Institutes of Health study found that coffee increases the body’s energy expenditure and improves athletic performance (7). Caffeine can also help increase alertness and concentration, which can be especially helpful when working or studying.
Studies to read the original editions:
- National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5696634/
- National Cancer Institute: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4580055/
- University of South Florida: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6769389/
- National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5577677/
- National Institutes of Mental Health: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20164566/
- University of California: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265407509353113
- National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3737458/