This popular drink often catches grief for its bad health effects, but coffee also has plenty of positive elements for your health.
- Type II Diabetes: This one isn’t fully confirmed yet, but several studies have suggested that chlorgoenic acid found in coffee will help to stave off Type II Diabetes. The studies have shown that those who drink coffee in moderation seem to have a statistically lesser chance of developing Type II Diabetes, which is the non-inherited form of Diabetes.
- Cancer: According to the Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School, studies have shown that those who drink coffee are 50 percent less likely to suffer from cancer. Most specifically studied were breast, rectal and colon cancers.
- Parkinson’s Disease: A study done over 30 years shows that those who drink coffee have a much lower chance of contacting Parkinson’s Disease. Still, it’s not known a hundred percent if coffee actually helps stave off this disease, or if other factors (such as environment or personality) were the causes. Always check with your doctor if you believe you are suffering from a disease or ailment.
A Hawaiian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 2000), has shown that of 8,000 Japanese/American men, those who drank 3+ cups of coffee per day were 5 times less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. The study took place over a 30-year period.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: In one study, researchers found that those who drank 3-5 cups of coffee a day in mid-life were 60-65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in later life.
Furthermore, according to other research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, caffeine intake not only appears to protect against Alzheimer’s but may actually help those who already have the disease.
Researchers at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Florida have reported that five cups of coffee a day could protect humans in the same way that the caffeine equivalent appears to have in the study of mice.
- Antioxidants: That’s right, coffee is actually a natural antioxidant source. Antioxidants help to keep the blood clean, thus possibly helping to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. But remember to drink coffee in moderation; too much coffee, and caffeine, is not good for your health.
- Cirrhosis of the liver: Cirrhosis of the liver is a common ailment among alcoholics, though others can suffer from it too. Fortunately, several studies have shown that those who drink coffee regularly are 80 percent less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver. Nothing wrong with that!
- Losing weight: Coffee really can get you doing in the morning. In fact, it boosts your metabolism which can also help to burn off calories. That combined with the fact coffee is naturally low in calories, makes coffee a prime drink for losing weight. Just keep in mind it’s all the sugars and creams added to coffee that can make it fattening.
- Asthma: Medicines for asthma almost always contain high does of caffeine because caffeine helps with the symptoms of asthma. So what’s more natural than coffee for intaking some caffeine?
- Natural diuretic: Need to shed a little water weight? If so, then you should try drinking coffee. Not only is coffee a natural diuretic, but it also naturally cleanses the stomach as it passes through. Beware, however, because this is not true for everyone; some people have shown to have upset stomachs after drinking coffee. So just try a little and see how your body reacts to it.
- Gall stones: Coffee apparently lowers the levels of cholesterol in stomach bile, thus helping to prevent the body from building up gall stones. Studies have shown this works best for those who drink lots of coffee.
- Exercise: Coffee is even good for exercise. No, it won’t give you supper muscles, but the caffeine in coffee gives your body some extra energy, which can allow you to run or workout all that much longer, and possibly harder. As always, beware ingesting too much caffeine.