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Impressive Health Benefits of Coffee

By Annette Demeny

Have you ever wondered why our society seems so obsessed with that delicious dark liquid called coffee? Could it be its incredible aroma that can fill an entire room? Could it be the pick-me-up that coffee provides? In addition to these great qualities, you may be surprised to learn a slew of other health benefits coffee is providing your body every time you fill up your mug.

 

  1. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Developing Diabetes

    Recent studies found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. Moreover, epidemiological studies indicated that heavy coffee users have a 50% reduced risk of suffering from diabetes compared to light drinkers. What’s the link? Coffee is high in a polyphenol called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to reduce blood sugar concentrations and their absorption in the intestines. Another risk factor of diabetes is inflammation. Coffee’s super antioxidants prevent tissue damage associated with inflammation.

  2. You’re less likely to develop heart failure

    Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure. A study that involved 37,000 individuals over 13 years was recently finalized by leading cardiology researchers. The research revealed that moderate coffee consumers had a 20 percent reduced danger of heart diseases compared to light drinkers or nondrinkers. This again, is due to inflammation fighting antioxidants found in coffee.

  3. Protects against cancers and liver failure

    Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. The most common cause of liver damage is excess alcohol consumption, which can eventually lead to liver cirrhosis and even liver failure. One study of over 125,000 people found that for each cup of coffee they drank per day, participants were 22 percent less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis.

    “Coffee protects against 5 cancers; liver cancer, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer including the deadly melanoma. This is due to coffee’s beneficial antioxidant phytochemicals called polyphenols. ” says Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, a medical professor and researcher at Harvard Medical School.

  4. You may decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease

    Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. The caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing the condition. In fact, researchers found that women age 65 and older who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop dementia in general.

  5. Contains Essential Nutrients

    A single cup of coffee contains:

    • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
    • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI
    • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI
    • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI

 

That cup of joe may be good for many, but there are downsides as well.

 

  • When it comes to caffeine, there really can be too much of a good thing. Drinking too much caffeine can be worrisome for people with high blood pressure or osteoporosis.

 

  • Drinking coffee can irritate the lining of the small intestine, potentially leading to abdominal cramps, especially those suffering from ulcers, gastritis, IBS and Crohn’s disease.

 

  • Caffeine is known to relax the esophageal sphincter so Coke and high caffeine drinks, such as coffee, can contribute to heartburn.

 

  • We often say we need to drink coffee to give us energy. However, drinking lots of coffee promotes the release of the stress hormone called cortisol. This hormone increases your body’s heart rate, blood pressure and tension levels – the old ‘fight or flight’ response. Too much release of cortisol can make it hard to “relax”,  especially if you drink coffee throughout the day.

 

  • If you drink coffee too late in the day, the caffeine may keep you awake and lead to problems like insomnia. Be sure to shy away from drinking coffee later in the day to avoid these detrimental effects on beneficial sleep.

 

A person who wishes to derive health benefits from coffee should avoid exceeding the daily recommended intake and try to monitor the ingredients they add, such as sugar, cream, or flavorings.

So, what is the daily recommended intake? In general, people can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day, the amount in two to four 8-ounce cups of coffee.

It’s really all about you. People have different reactions to caffeine. Some can drink six cups of coffee a day and feel fine, others may not. Just tune into your body.

 

Want to learn more??!!

What to look for when purchasing coffee beans? The best way to store your coffee? and much more…head over to my blog post All Things Coffee Beans!

 

SFY Resources

Ben Greenfield Podcast

Harvard School of Public Health

John Hopkins Medicine

Men’s Health

USDA

Nutrition Data

 

 

 

2 replies on “Impressive Health Benefits of Coffee”

LOVED this blog!!! Great reminder that balance is key to getting all these great benefits from our coffee! Another excellent post! 🙂

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