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5 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Coffee

* If you think coffee is a vice, think again
* Research has shown coffee has many positive benefits on our health and wellbeing
* Upgrade your morning brew routine with these coffee supplies

We all reach for our coffee to help us stay awake, but a Cup of Joe can do more than provide you with a jolt of caffeine in the morning. Drinking coffee can also support your weight loss, boost your mood and affect your sex life. Time for another cup?

1. Coffee Can Help Ease Hangovers

Despite the countless hangover remedies available these days, many people still swear by a cup of coffee and an Advil. The caffeine in coffee and the ingredients found in painkillers help neutralize the compounds of alcohol. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, missing your morning-after java will only compound that headache you have. To prevent withdrawal symptoms, dust yourself out of bed and put on a pot of coffee. The smell of the brew alone will already start to perk you up.


2. Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight

Studies have shown that coffee can help boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat at a faster rate. The caffeine found in coffee is also be an appetite suppressant that boosts your energy for work-outs at the gym. Of course, you already know that coffee can also act as a diuretic, causing us to lose water weight for a temporary slim down.


3. Coffee Can Lead to Increased Happiness

Coffee boosts your brain’s dopamine levels, which are responsible for how happy you feel. The increase in your brain’s production of dopamine leads to increased feelings of well-being and an overall positive mood.

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4. Coffee Can Help Improve Your Sex Drive

We already know that coffee increases your energy levels, which could increase your libido and activeness in bed. But a study from the University of Texas found that guys who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were also less likely to report erectile dysfunction issues than men who didn’t drink any coffee at all.

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5. Coffee May Help You Live Longer

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that the antioxidants in coffee may extend your lifespan by reducing your risk of vascular disease and diabetes. Coffee can also help prevent clogged arteries, which is a leading cause of stroke. In general, doctors see coffee as a mood booster, whether it’s giving you more energy or helping you stay alert, and that in itself, they say, leads to a more active lifestyle. The more active you are, the longer you are likely to live.

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