We love our coffee, for sure-but what does it actually do to your body?

We always start the day with a cup of coffee. Coffee wakes us up and keeps us feeling focused and energetic through the day.

But, many people still have a remaining doubt that coffee may have unpleasant effects on our health. Are they wrong? Do we know how much coffee should we drink and how much is too much?

Here’s what happens when you drink coffee every day:

Coffee boosts your metabolism

Journal of Applied Physiology published a study saying that those fortitude athletes who drank a cup of coffee after their workouts, observed a boost of 66% in muscle glycogen, and this helped them quickly replace the energy lost in the workout.

It has scientifically been shown that coffee increases your metabolism after workouts, too.

Coffee improves brain health

Studies have indicated that those middle-aged people who drink 3-5 cups have a 65% reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. It was also shown that a cup of coffee a day can result in reducing the risk of Parkinson’s by 32 to 60%.

Coffee helps in inhibiting adenosine, which acts to decrease the dismissal of neurons and release of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

In addition, coffee can improve alertness, memory, cognitive performance, reaction time, and mood.

Coffee helps you feel good

The Harvard Public School of Health conducted a research which found astonishing conclusion – consuming 2 to 4 cups of regular coffee a day was linked to a 50% reduced risk of suicide in adult men and women, in comparison to those who consumed decaf or no coffee at all.

In addition, all those antioxidants and essential nutrients, like the B complex vitamins, potassium, and magnesium, work together to keep you feeling happier.

It reduces the risk of skin cancer

A study published in the ‘Journal of the National Cancer Institute’ showed that those adults, who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day, had a 20% reduced risk of developing evil melanomas.

Experts believe that all the different antioxidants and phytochemicals contained in coffee can reduce the risk of cancer considerably.

It reduces your risk of liver cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is considered to be one of the six most-commonly diagnosed cancers and the third primary cause of cancer-related death.

A cup of coffee every day can help reduce the risk of HCC by 20%, 2 cups a day reduce the risk by 35%, and 4 or more reduce the risk by 50%. And it has also been shown that coffee can reduce the risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

Coffee helps reduce type 2 diabetes risk

A study conducted by The Harvard School of Public Health indicated that those who consumed more than 1 cup of coffee a day and increased this amount gradually over a period of four years, had an 11% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This was compared to 11% in those consuming the same amount always and a 17 % increased risk in those who reduced coffee consumption by more than a cup a day.

Now that you’re armed with all this knowledge about coffee’s properties, we hope you will enjoy this delicious and beneficial drink even more!

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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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