You probably already knew that when adenosine binds with its receptor, you feel drowsy, but when caffeine comes in, it binds with the receptor instead, stopping you from feeling drowsy, right? Well, here are five more science-backed benefits of drinking coffee.
1. It reduces depression
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink four or more cups of coffee were 20 percent less likely to suffer from depression.
2. It strengthens DNA
According to a study in the European Journal of Nutrition, white blood cells of coffee drinkers are less likely to undergo spontaneous DNA strand breakage, which can lead to malignant tumours and cancer.
3. It reduces cravings
Coffee can suppress your appetite. Try drinking some of you find yourself craving food or going for seconds at meals.
4. It burns calories
Sipping coffee in conjunction with a workout will stimulate thermogenesis and burn more calories and fat in your body.
5. It’s a rich source of antioxidants
Numerous studies have shown that we absorb far more antioxidants from a cup of coffee than from a cup of green tea or a plate of fresh fruit and vegetables!
People whose brains get "used" to their drinking coffee may not be able to think clearly or feel sharp if you give up the brew. However, according to a massive review study by Oregon State University, as long as you're drinking less than 710 ml or about three cups a day, the downsides of coffee are few.