By: Jared & Lora Stayton

You guys. The studies now SHOW that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. What a difference a few years can make, huh? Not long ago, we were learning about the dangers of coffee: how it could raise your blood pressure, make your heart race, impair sleep, and maybe even cause cancer.

Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is taking coffee off the possible carcinogen list. And there’s increasing evidence that coffee might actually be good for you. So good that doctors might begin recommending it. For starters, it’s loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health.

Here are 5 important health benefits of drinking coffee that have been confirmed in actual human studies…

1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and then travels into the brain. In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When that happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons. Too much science for you? In summary: coffee can control brain function in a positive way!

2. Coffee can help you burn fat

Did you know that caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement? There’s a good reason… caffeine is one of the very fewnatural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rateby 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. However, it is possible that these effects will diminish in long-term coffee drinkers.

3. Coffee may lower your risk of Type II Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a gigantic health problem, currently afflicting about 300 million people worldwide. It is characterized by elevated blood sugars in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin. For some reason, coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced riskof developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease, one study showing a reduction as high as 67%.

4. Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia worldwide. This disease usually affects people over 65 years of age and unfortunately, there is no known cure. However, there are several things you can do to prevent the disease from showing up in the first place, which includes the usual suspects like eating healthyand exercising, but drinking coffee may be incredibly effective as well. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Coffee can fight depression and make you happier!

Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is incredibly common and about 4.1% of people in the U.S. currently meet the criteria for clinical depression. In a Harvard studypublished in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study with 208,424 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide.

Nowadays, with over 400 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. So keep up the good work and use this delicious beverage to your advantage!