Most people only hear about the health hazards of caffeine-loaded drinks such as coffee. Do you feel guilty every time you hold a cup of joe in your hand?
New studies and researches across the world are discovering more and more health benefits of coffee. These eight coffee health benefits may change your mind about what an unadulterated java can do for both the mind and body.
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Coffee may even protect you from some types of cancer. But first, let’s start with the more common ailments.
Type 2 Diabetes
Drinking coffee helps lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes. A recent Harvard study review revealed the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaffeinated coffee reduced the risk by 6% per cup, and 6 or more cups daily showed the best results:
22% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Another interesting 2008 diabetes study of 36, 908 Asian men and women in Singapore showed drinking 4 or more cups of coffee had a 30% reduction in diabetes risk. In fact, the study went beyond coffee. Black tea (but not green tea) was also linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
You know that alcohol damages the liver in the long run. A recent study revealed coffee can protect against cirrhosis of the liver. A different study showed both regular coffee and decaf lower the liver enzyme levels.
Read more: Is drinking coffee good for your liver?
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s does not have a cure and is the leading cause of dementia. Most cases occur in people over 65, but there is a ray of hope:
Studies of the effect of coffee on Alzheimer’s suggest a 65% lower risk!
There is considerable evidence that caffeine protects against mental conditions, especially Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Recent research revealed that roasted coffee beans contain compounds that may prevent the build-up of the brain plaque causing Alzheimer’s.
Like Alzheimer’s there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, which is why prevention is the main focus. Recent studies reveal drinking coffee protects against Parkinson’s, reducing the risk ranging from 32–60%. even when genetic factors come into play. Surprisingly, it is the caffeine itself that appears to provide benefits as people who drink decaf do not have a lower risk of Parkinson’s.
Coffee can fight off depression and make you happier!
A 2011 Harvard study found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Another 10-year study also showed that drinking coffee regularly reduces suicide risk. Another study of 208,424 people showed that drinking coffee reduced suicide risk by 53%.
According to more recent studies, drinking 4 or more cups of coffee not only lowers the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis but also its recurrence. Coffee could prevent the neural inflammation leading to MS.
Heart Disease & Stroke
More findings indicate that coffee may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Korean researchers found drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee prevents the early signs of heart disease. Another 2018 study in Brazil revealed that 3 daily cups of coffee may lower the risk of clogged arteries. Some studies (like this one) show that drinking coffee helps lower the risk of stroke by 20%.
However, it will not be good for your health if you already have high blood pressure or a heart problem.
According to researchers, moderate coffee consumption helps protects against two main types of cancer:
It may also benefit other cancers. A study showed people who drank 4 or more regular cups of coffee a day had the lowest risk (49%) of developing mouth cancer.
A word of warning
There’s more to the story. As with everything in life, there is a downside. Freshly brewed, black coffee may provide health benefits. But those of you who like sweetened or artificially flavoured coffee will not see these amazing benefits. In fact, too much coffee can be unhealthy.
Read more: Healthy ways to flavour coffee naturally (without sugar).
Caffeine is a big reason why millions of people drink coffee and tea. Consuming too much of it can lead to jittery hands, increase stress and nervousness. And it can be addictive, leading to withdrawal symptoms like having a headache.
Do not guzzle your morning java by the gallon, even if you are healthy. A couple of cups of coffee a day can give a welcoming boost to your health and wellness, especially later in life.
Remember: If you take medicines or are pregnant, check with your doctor or nutritionist before making dietary changes, especially if you have a heart condition and high blood pressure.
Take home message
There are more and more science-backed reasons to love your freshly brewed morning java. Studies show coffee can help reduce the risk of medical concerns from depression to cancer. Black coffee health benefits seem to be the most because it is unadulterated by sweeteners and creamers. Of course, even unsweetened and low-fat coffee also has caffeine and should be consumed in moderation by healthy adults.
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