The World’s Obsession With Coffee Might Not Be All Bad
All these years we knew it helped you get up in the morning and over time stained your teeth all sorts of horrible hues of brown. It also, in my humble opinion, tastes pretty damn good when spiked with some cream and sugar. Others may choose to spike it with some Baileys. Of course we are talking about the wonderful and delicious beverage we all enjoy every morning that most folks call coffee. Some call it Joe, but I never got that, and don’t really give two shits about the story behind that name. But did you know there are actually some health benefits associated to drinking this magical stimulant elixir? It’s not all just bubble-guts and alertness. Here are a few things I bet you didn’t know and may be excited to learn about your favorite drink!
There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee
Besides the fact it is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health, in one cup of coffee you’ll find all this great stuff…
- 11% of the recommended daily allowance of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 6% of the RDA of Vitamin B5
- 3% of the RDA of both Manganese and Potassium
- 2% of the RDA of Vitamin B3
- Studies show people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits & vegetables combined!
Although this may not seem like a big deal, most people are drinking multiple cups per day. If you drink 3-4, then these amounts can quickly add up. Oh, and it doesn’t cause heart disease as previously thought! Don’t you just feel more healthy already?
Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is rapidly becoming a huge health problem, currently afflicting around 300 million people worldwide. It is characterized by elevated blood sugars in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to secrete insulin. For some reason, heavy coffee drinkers have a 25%-50% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. One study even showed a reduction as high as 67%. According to a large review that analyzed data from 18 different studies with a total of almost a half million people, each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 7% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Coffee May Protect From Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disease around today and the leading cause of dementia worldwide. This affliction usually hits people over 65 years old. Unfortunately, at this time there is no known cure or vaccine for Alzheimer’s. There are lots of things you can do like eating healthy and regularly exercising to minimize the chances of the disease getting you in the first place. But because it is genetic, there is still always a chance. However, it is being found that drinking coffee regularly may be incredibly effective as well! Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, which is pretty substantial.
Coffee May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Right behind Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. It is what afflicts Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. It is caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the human brain. Same as with Alzheimer’s, there is no known cure, which makes it that much more important to take preventative measures. In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60%. In this case though, it appears to be the caffeine itself that is causing the effect. People who drink decaf don’t seem to have the same lower risk.
Coffee Seems to Have Protective Effects on The Liver
The liver is a vital organ in the human body. There are several common diseases that primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease among others. Many of these diseases tend to lead to a condition called cirrhosis. This is when the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk.
Coffee Can Lower the Risk of Certain Forms of Cancer
Coffee appears to help protect against two different forms of cancer: Liver Cancer and Colorectal Cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of a half million people found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Coffee May Lower The Risk of Having A Stroke
Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease, but a slightly lower risk of stroke, about 13%.
Coffee May Help You Live Longer
Taking into account that coffee drinkers are much less likely to get many of the mentioned diseases, it’s a logical statement that coffee could increase the amount of time you live. There are actually several observational studies showing that regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. In two large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 21% lower risk of death in men and a 25% lower risk of death in women while over a period of time spanning 20 years. This tendency appears to be particularly strong in type II diabetics. In one study, diabetics who drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year study period.
Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Feel Happier
Depression is a very serious mental disorder that can cause a significant reduction in quality of life. It is incredibly common and around 4% of people in America currently suffer from it. A recent Harvard study found that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. Another study with over two hundred-thousand people found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
So Drink For Your Health!
In addition to all of those great reasons to drink more coffee, there are even more benefits. Many controlled trials in humans showed that coffee improved various aspects of brain function. This included memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function. Even better, the caffeine found in coffee is known to help burn fat and can drastically improve physical performance. So no more need to feel guilty when you find yourself making that third or fourth trip to the coffee maker. You can now even be one of those assholes that hangs out by the coffee machine spouting off all of these facts like you’re some sort of Einstein! Get to it!
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