11th April 2016 Zoe Miranda

We’re all thinking about Coffee

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We’re all familiar with the feeling. Monday morning rolls around again and the alarm goes off, way too early. Snooze. If you’re one of the 70 million people in the UK that drink coffee every day, you may know that it’s UK Coffee Week.

As big coffee drinkers at thortful, we’re giving you the run down of all the benefits of drinking coffee alongside our favourite caffeine-fuelled greeting cards!

1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.

Coffee doesn’t just keep you awake, it may literally make you smarter as well.

The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Image: Mariam Soliman

Image: Mariam Soliman

(Science bit: Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.)

2. Coffee helps you burn fat

Amen. Do we need more of a reason to enjoy our morning latte?

Image:  Chris Williams

Image: Chris Williams

If you drink coffee, serving it black is your best option for weight loss. Black coffee is calorie-free..it’s the cream and sugar that can pack on the pounds. Plus studies have shown that caffeine might also offer some calorie-burning benefits that help your weight-loss efforts.

3. It makes you happy!

There might be a reason why a cup of coffee can turn a morning frown into a smile.

Image: Sophie Corrigan

Image: Sophie Corrigan

Studies have found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee every day were 20 percent less likely to suffer from depression. One cause is the fact that caffeinated drinks can tap into almost every known reward system for the brain

(Science bit: Coffee boosts dopamine production in the brain.)

4. It protects your heart

Image: Hongyi Hu

Image: Hongyi Hu

A study undertaken in Korea, found people who drink three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks.

And finally….

5. Coffee is the biggest source of Antioxidants in the Western diet

For people who eat a standard Western diet, coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of the diet. That’s because coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants.

Therefore, this makes coffee one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Period.

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If you still haven’t had your caffeine fix, or if you know someone that just can’t get enough then browse our thortful coffee cards and make someone smile!

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