Coffee lovers everywhere have been waiting for this information to appear in one laboratory research notebook or another. After years of drinking coffee on a regular basis and hearing about how bad it is for you, the day has finally come when you can say that your morning ritual might actually be good for you. Like everything else, it works best when consumed in moderation and without a lot of sweetener or cream. The important part is that, in moderation, it might just have some unexpected health benefits. Boosting Memory and Cognition As people get older, their memory tends to fail them, and they may even find that their cognitive skills are not what they used to be. However, those who drink coffee may find that they experience short term bursts when it comes to memory as well as cognitive functions. In fact, moderate coffee drinkers are sipping away chances of cognitive decline and may experience a 65% decrease in their risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia. What Coffee Brings to the Table Everyone knows that coffee brings caffeine to the table, but most people don’t realize that is has other qualities as well. Specifically, it brings niacin or B3, pantothenic acid or B5, riboflavin or B2, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It also happens to be the top source of antioxidants in the United States of America. Since antioxidants help fight inflammation, they can be beneficial for preventing arthritis, heart disease, and more. Decreasing Risks If you wanted to scroll through a laboratory research notebook to learn about a simple substance that can decrease your risk for some of the most common ailments, coffee would be on one of those pages. Research shows that it can lower the risks for things like heart disease, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Moderate coffee drinkers also have less chance of getting Parkinson’s and Type 2 diabetes. Improving Performance Why do people drink coffee in the morning? The caffeine helps them wake up a bit faster, but there are also other benefits that go with those first few sips of java. Those who drink coffee are not just decreasing their potential to experience cognitive issues. They are also increasing their potential to improve both cognitive and physical performance. That magical little bean, when processed into a liquid form, can help improve the body’s ability to burn fat and perform physical tasks. None of this means that you should live on coffee alone. However, it does mean that your cup of morning brew may be a lot better for you than was previously thought. Too much coffee in one sitting can impair cognitive function. It can also make you jittery and nauseous. However, if you take the information in that laboratory research notebook and use it to focus on drinking a few cups of coffee rather than a bowl of sugar or sweetened cream with a dash of coffee for flavor, you might realize more benefits than you expected.