At Mashion, we all are huge on coffee – no really, pre-pandemic we were consuming an alarming number of cups in the office! And while some of that was because of its benefits on our health, as well as our skin and hair, a lot more of it had to do with the way it made us feel. Coffee can vastly impact mood and in moderation, is said to reduce depression risk upto one third. To learn more about the ways coffee can improve mental health, keep reading:
It Is Rich In Antioxidants
Yes, we all know that antioxidants are great for our physical health, but did you know that they can actually help improve symptoms that are commonly associated with depression and anxiety? Antioxidants contribute in fighting off neuroinflammation caused by free radical damage, which is thought to be a precursor for neurodegenerative diseases and mood disorders.
It Blocks Mood-Depressing Chemicals In The Brain
According to one study, 60mg of caffeine resulted in a clear enhancement of attention and alertness, contentment and mood. It also helps decrease lethargy. This is because caffeine blocks receptors in the brain from binding with adenosine, which causes lethargy and depressive tendencies. This is why your mood instantly feels better when you drink your morning cup of coffee! Not only is it making you feel less tired, but it consequently makes you feel content.
It Makes You More Social
By increasing your concentration and lifting your mood, coffee is the perfect drink for your social gatherings. Food and drinks are already a way for us to mingle with people as they largely shape our interactions; but coffee has clearly taken over the scene. Drinking coffee with friends is a phenomenon most of us are familiar with and it’s because by elevating our moods, it makes for some great conversations!