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Guest Post: 5 Health Benefits of Coffee
Many of us can’t imagine starting a day without coffee in hand. We go to great lengths to assure our mug is filled with the perfect brew at the perfect temperature with just the right amount of sugar, milk or sweet syrup. While we are frequently reminded often “things that taste good are normally not good for you,” java drinkers rejoice – coffee has many health benefits! Though there have been countless claims to the contrary over the years, it seems there is no conclusive evidence that coffee causes damage to the body.
1. Linked to decreased risk of fatal prostate cancer
According to a recent from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, if a man drinks 6 of more cups of coffee daily he may have a lower risk (by up to 60%) of developing fatal prostate cancer. The study involved 48,000 men and required them to track their coffee intake from 1986 – 2006 and the results showed that coffee drinkers had a far lower percentage of prostate cancer deaths. If you can’t imagine drinking 6 or more cups of coffee in a day, you’ll be happy to know that it’s also believed that for men who drink 1 to 3 cups daily, the risk is lowered by roughly 30%.
2. Reduces diabetes risk
The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry discovered a possible link between coffee and lowered risk of diabetes last summer. Apparently, a study conducted on mice found that coffee prevented high-blood sugar and sensitivity to insulin. The caffeine in the coffee appeared to be the catalyst for this health benefit.
3. Helps those with liver problems
It may seem a bit surprising, but coffee is rich in antioxidants and may be a natural way to help hepatitis C patients digest and process their medication. This seemingly odd connection can be attributed to the fact that coffee lowers liver enzymes and since hepatitis C largely attacks the liver, this can help slow the attack. In addition, coffee is also helpful for lowering liver disease and cancer.
4. Offers protection from colon cancer
Frequent coffee drinking is known to have a hormone-type effect on the body. This hormone acts similar to estrogen, which works as a preventative for prostate cancer. Of course, this requires a bit more research to be conclusive, but it is believed that coffee truly does protect or lower the chance of prostate cancer.
5. Improves brain function
Ever get that fuzzy feeling when you don’t drink your regular coffee? Well that could be attributed to caffeine but the role coffee is believed to play in brain function is far more important than that. In fact, a study involving mice which were on the brink of developed Alzheimer’s disease were given coffee and consequently developed a mild version of the disease, or showed no signs of it at all.
Now that you have 5 great reasons, fire up the coffee pot and feel great about your decision. Just remember, it’s all good in moderation and common sense should warn you that if you begin feeling jittery or anxious, you may be taking in too much coffee in your diet.
This is a Guest Post on the Espresso Deco blog by Emily Murray. Emily is a regular writer for KwikMed.