Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health
My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.
Benefit #4: Coffee can cure your headache.
Headache? Call it a woman’s problem or blame it on hormones, but women do get more headaches than men. No worries. Just drink a cup of coffee. Caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells and causes surrounding blood vessels to constrict. The constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain. About 200 milligrams of caffeine, the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee, provides relief from cluster headaches and migraines.
Benefit #5: Coffee also helps us maintain our beauty.
Its high level of antioxidants helps our body repair damaged cells caused by free radicals. There is also a compound in coffee called Trigonelline that prevents dental cavities. It is responsible for the coffee’s aroma and bitter taste but it has antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties that help prevent dental cavities from forming. In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets.
Benefit #6: Believe it or not, coffee is also said to have lowered the risk of committing suicide by 60% for women.
A study of 86,000 women, led by researcher Ichiro Kawachi, M. D., showed that 2 cups of coffee per day can reduce the likelihood to commit suicide by 60%. Hmmm, maybe that’s because caffeine increases the production of dopamine that boosts energy and cuts depression.
Coffee is great in moderation. But just like any other substance, different individuals feel different effects.