5 Ways National Coffee Day Benefits Your Health

National Coffee Day (September 29) is a wonderful reason to indulge in our coffee cravings. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the average American drinks three cups of coffee daily–and that doesn’t even include the delectable coffee-flavored baked goods a person can create.

With that in mind, the beverage’s impact on our overall public health is no small matter. Over the years, coffee has been blamed for every conceivable health issue, ranging from stunted growth to heart disease. Lately, however, research has been showing the beverage’s positive side. This caffeine-fueled substance is as popular as it is complex, so let’s dig deeper. Here are 5 health benefits that come along with drinking your daily coffee.

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Improved cognitive function and memory

A study by Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of researchers concluded that caffeine has a positive effect on our ability to form long-term memories, reported the John Hopkins News Network.

The study, which was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that patients who had consumed a coffee cup’s worth of caffeine the previous day performed better on complex memory tasks than those who had not. Caffeine consumers were especially adept at pattern separation memory exercises, exercises which reflect a deeper and subtler level of memory retention. Health reports that, in addition to sharpening your memory, caffeine keeps your brain awake and alert.

Boost your brain power by enjoying a cup at home, or at one of these 8 amazing coffee shops. If you do brew your own, don’t throw away those grounds! They have plenty of household uses.