Just a reminder, the information in this article should not be taken as medical advice. Consult your physician before making any major dietary changes including coffee. 

Coffee is delicious, and a great way to make getting out of bed in the morning just a little easier, but did you know this beverage could actually improve your health as well?

Here are some ways your morning Cup of Joe might actually improve your health! 

1.  It Can make you smarter… at least for a little while

If you’re familiar with the energetic, and focused buzz caffeine produces you probably won’t be surprised to know that that caffeine rush can improve your memory, mood and  overall improve brain function. At least until the dreaded caffeine crash.

 2. It may lower your risk of developing Alzheimers

Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% less likelihood of developing the condition in their life.

3. It may help protect your liver

Can upping your coffee intake help offset the toxic effects of alcohol on your liver? Maybe. Drinking 4 cups of coffee per day can actually lower risk of cirrhosis by up to 80%  and other studies have shown that coffee can potentially lower risk of liver cancer by 40% .

4. It can lower your risk of death

No… that title wasn’t a typo. Coffee can actually reduce your risk of dying in general. a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health showed that older coffee drinkers were less likely to die overall than their coffee abstinent counterparts. The interesting thing about the study is that it applied to both regular coffee drinkers as well as decaf consumers.

5. Its Aroma can reduce stress

Researches studied the effect that the smell of coffee had on stressed out lab rats, and discovered it actually helped to calm then down. So while caffeine may make you jittery and probably add to your feelings of unease, if you just enjoy the aroma of a fresh brew you’ll actually reap some relaxation benefits… who knew?

Stop in to your local Sparkle Market for all of your coffee needs!