The lazy days of summer are behind us, and back-to-school often means back to busy schedules. While we at LPQ have long relied on our organic Peruvian coffee to power us through our days, it turns out drinking coffee has many other desirable health benefits too!

Read on for five more reasons why you should indulge in a bowl of coffee.

  1. Brain power. You probably already drink coffee for the energy boost it provides; its high levels of caffeine let you jumpstart your morning, power through your afternoon or even fuel your workout. However, you may not know that having higher blood levels of caffeine has also been linked to delaying onset—or, reducing risk altogether—of Alzheimer’s disease. By drinking coffee, not only are you keeping your brain alert—you’re keeping it healthy!
  2. Stress buster. It turns out coffee is also good for keeping stress and anxiety at bay. If you’re like us at LPQ, enjoying a steaming bowl of coffee is a comfort when you wake up in the morning or are in need of a break from a busy day. In fact, studies have shown that the mere smell of coffee can reduce stress.
  3. Antioxidant-rich. Like many fruits and veggies, coffee is chock full of antioxidants; it’s even the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet! Antioxidants have a slew of health benefits, from promoting overall health to increasing levels of happiness. A bowl of coffee therefore makes not only for a happier body, but also for a happier you.
  4. Think positive. Beyond just making you happier, coffee also acts as a mild antidepressant thanks to the neurotransmitters it helps produce—from serotonin to dopamine to noradrenaline. While these neurotransmitters have a wide range of positive effects, a few include improving mode, relieving depression and migraine headaches and making you feel more relaxed.
  5. Longevity. Finally, studies have shown that the interplay of antioxidants, caffeine, magnesium and other compounds found in coffee play a major role in reducing risk of Type II diabetes, skin cancer in women, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and Parkinson’s disease symptoms. That means your daily coffee habit has long-term health benefits—so drink up!

How do you like your coffee—black, or perhaps with organic milk? Comment below with your go-to coffee order! And, be sure to stop in next time you’re in need of a boost.