What is one of the first things you do in the morning? Do you grab a cup of coffee? Well, then you can rejoice, since many researchers now believe the benefits of coffee outweigh the negatives. They believe the antioxidants in coffee are more powerful than any other source including vegetables and fruit. If you can afford it, you should spend the extra cash for organic coffee. The reason for this is that coffee beans are among the most heavily treated crops and this could nix the benefits. Here are some of the many reasons to enjoy your daily habit or even consider adding it to your healthy diet.
Drinking three to five cups a day may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 65%. This statistic is according to researchers in Finland and Sweden who tracked approximately 1,400 middle-aged people for 21 years. They believe the antioxidant properties may reduce vascular forms of dementia. They also think caffeine might improve the workings of the blood-brain barrier, which stops the negative effects of cholesterol. Another point may be that coffee drinkers move more because they have more energy and exercise has proven to help protect against dementia.
There is growing evidence that drinking coffee may protect against several types of cancer including prostate, endometrial, liver, colon, rectal, oral, and esophageal. Researchers believe the coffee may help by enhancing DNA repair. They think it also has anti-inflammatory compounds.
If you want to lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, drink more coffee. Post-menopausal women who drink four cups of coffee are less than 50% as likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes as those who don’t drink. This is according to a study of 700 women in 2011 by UCLA Schools of Public Health and Medicine. It is even believed that each extra cup over the 4 cups reduces the risk by 7%. Coffee seems to improve the body’s tolerance to glucose by improving insulin tolerance and speeding metabolism. Researchers at UCLA found that coffee consumption increases levels of SHBG (Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin) which seems to offer protection in those who have a certain type of genetic mutation. Stick to regular coffee though since decaf didn’t show the same effects.
According to several studies, people who drank four or more cups had a 20% lower risk of developing depression or committing suicide. They believe caffeine causes a short-term boost to mood and energy. Harvard School of Public Researchers saw similar results among people who ate chocolate or drank caffeinated sodas.
Coffee is healthy for your heart. Moderate drinkers (again the magic number of four cups daily) had about a 20% lower risk for heart disease than non-drinkers or even light or heavy drinkers. There’s some evidence showing that coffee protects against arterial damage, which is caused by inflammation.
The best reasons are that coffee is relatively low cost, low calorie and good for your brain. Coffee causes your dopamine to work to make you smarter. This is affect lasts for about an hour.
So drink in all the benefits of your daily coffee habit and drink to your good health.