We love our coffee! That goes without saying, it tastes great, perks us up and makes everyone else bearable on a Monday morning. But the immediate benefits of coffee are not the only reasons to love it.
Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine has given us five health reasons that we should not stop drinking coffee. Here they are:
1. It protects your heart:Moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than noncoffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. All those antioxidants may help suppress the damaging effect of inflammation on arteries. Immediately after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it actually may lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric acid, widening blood vessels.
2. It diverts diabetes: Those antioxidants (chlorogenic acid and quinides, specifically) play another role: boosting your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. In fact, people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee each day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost, so if you do drink several cups a day, try mixing in decaf occasionally.
3. Your liver loves it: OK, so the research here is limited, but it looks like the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake reduced liver cancer risk by 43 percent. Again, it’s those antioxidants—chlorogenic and caffeic acids—and caffeine that might prevent liver inflammation and inhibit cancer cells.
4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day (admittedly a big range) may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.
5. It helps your headaches: And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine—about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee—provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain, says Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School.
So go ahead, drink up and live long!
Coffee produces a protein which appears to regulate sex hormones in women, in turn, reducing their risk of developing diabetes, according to a study released by UCLA. The protein has been shown to protect against diabetes.
The study found women who drank four cups of coffee a day were less than half as likely to develop diabetes than those who did not drink any coffee. Decafinated coffee did not appear to produce the same effect on the risk on diabetes.
The Harvard School of Public Health has released an observational study showing that moderate coffee consumption can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, liver cancer and cirrhosis.
The study was based on researchers drawing conclusion based on differences between the number of disease cases in coffee drinkers versus non-drinkers.
The Harvard University School of Health has an
infographic which includes Health Benefits, Health Risks, Caffeine Comparisons, and a Facts & Statistics a page addressing each disease the study indicated was affected by coffee consumption.
We all worry about our weight and the diseases that can come about due to obesity. We have all heard that coffee can help with weight loss. Now a new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says that it has now been found that a cup or more of coffee or tea a day, whether caffeinated or decaf, can help to ward off Type 2 Diabetes.
The study is a meta-analysis of 457,922 people in 18 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that looked at the link between drinking coffee and diabetes risk. The analysts concluded that every extra cup of coffee consumed in one day was correlated with a 7% decrease in the excess risk of diabetes. Even better results were found for bigger coffee and tea consumers–drinking three to four cups a day was associated with about a 25% reduced diabetes risk compared with those who drank between none and two cups day. People who drank more than three to four cups of decaf a day had about a one-third lower risk than those who didn’t drink any. And tea drinkers who consumed more than three to four cups a day had about a one-fifth lower diabetes risk than non-tea drinkers. Magnesium, lignans and chlorogenic acids may contribute to the results since caffeine is not, by itself, necessary to see results.
So, whether you are a tea lover or a coffee lover, whether you like it strong or prefer decaf, have a cut and toast to your health. Fight your risk of type 2 Diabetes one cup at a time!
Many of us feel sluggish in the morning, be it in a boardroom or in a classroom, we find ourselves tuning out, nodding off and generally not paying attention to what’s going on around us. There is a solution. Drinking tea and coffee with your breakfast will help to keep you alert, active, and healthy.
Coffee has also been found to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Tea has not been found to have the same effect. The Iowa Women’s Health Study showed that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are 20% less likely to develop diabetes than non-coffee drinkers.
Coffee also has an effect on Parkinson’s Disease. Coffee drinkers are 80% less chance of being diagnosed with the disease than non-drinkers. They also have a 25% less chance of developing colon cancer, and 80% less chance of developing cirrhosis of the liver and a 50% less chance of developing gallstones.
Drink up and live well!
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There is always ongoing research as to how coffee effects the body. Coffee used to get a bad wrap, but not anymore. Studies show that it couldprotect against diabetes, heart disease and stroke, liver cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is also helpful for athletes to help them achieve the optimum in performance.
Why did earlier studies not show this? Perhaps it is because many coffee drinkers also smoke which skewed the previous tests on coffee. It is important to account for all factors when doing medical research so that you can truly evaluate the specific thing that you are testing, in this case, coffee.
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This article was written by Judy Forman. You can check out her site at www.myhealthsense.com