A new study released in February of this year by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that the leftover coffee grounds we toss are actually rich in antioxidants. Researchers suggest that spent specs of the black stuff can be used in supplements. But 54% of Americans over the age of eighteen sip coffee every day, according to data from 2012, regardless of what they do with their coffee grounds.
So what can joining forces with a cup of Joe for a jolt each morning do for me?
The good news is, ladies in particular reap benefits of brew. According to a Harvard study, our daily caffeine consumption could lead to a decrease in symptoms of depression, compared to women who don’t drink any coffee,. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, research shows that “women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have a 15 percent lower risk [of depression], while women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 20 percent lower risk.” Dr. Albert Ascherio told the HuffPost that caffeine impacts the brain and “modulates the release of mood transmitters.” Stimulating! Coffee has also been linked to a reduction in illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer‘s, as well as warding off prostate and skin cancer.
Bloggers get a boost from java too. Findings from the Journal of Experimental Psychology say that the caffeine in that cappuccino can help us spot grammar errors. “Researchers found that caffeine helped students to correct errors in subject-verb agreement and verb tense,” MSNBC reported. Typos didn’t seem to be effected by the tough stuff, though. Those are still your responsibility.
What’s your favorite way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants? Does a steamy Americano do it for you too, or do you reach for a handful of blueberries, or some savory veggies? —Casandra Armour