Seven Health Benefits of Coffee

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Seven Health Benefits of Coffee

Fresh raspberries, darkest chocolate, creamy Thai curry with cardamom--don’t you love it when your favorite indulgences turn out to be good for you?

Fine coffee is not only delicious, it also supports wellness in a whole range of ways. Top up your Drøbak, settle in, and savor these surprising facts about the health benefits of a cup of joe. 

1. Heart Health

Recent studies suggest that moderate coffee-consumption (2-5 cups daily) can reduce your chances of developing  a variety of heart problems including:

  • congestive heart failure
  • coronary artery disease
  • heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • arrhythmia

2. Stroke

A morning cup or two does a lot to protect against stroke. Among 83,076 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, coffee-drinkers were found to have a 20% lower risk than their no-java counterparts.

3. Metabolism and Weight Control

Coffee contains minerals and antioxidants that help your body metabolize sugar more efficiently. The result? Coffee-drinkers are significantly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Coffee also helps your body break down fat and turn it into fuel. It boosts athletic performance by around 12% and speeds up weight-loss. Meanwhile, it may also support overall gastrointestinal health.

4. Mind & Mood

Coffee magically cheers you up and makes you smart. (But you already knew that, right?)

More specifically, those 2-5 daily cups can help:

  • reduce depression
  • boost mood
  • improve alertness and memory
  • soothe anxiety
  • heighten overall cognitive performance

On top of that, coffee seems to increase our chances of avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease. 

It may also protect against a slew of other neurodegenerative conditions, including Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Disease is associated with low dopamine levels in the brain, and caffeine is known to nurture and defend cells that produce the essential neurotransmitter.

Researchers have found that among women aged 65 and up, coffee-lovers are significantly less likely to develop dementia of any type.

5. Cancer

Recent large-scale studies suggest that java helps ward off cancer. It definitely reduces inflammation and improves antioxidant response: both important factors in preventing the disease. Our favorite drink also contains polyphenols, a compound that slows the growth of cancer cells. 

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, coffee may be particularly beneficial against these types of cancer:

  • liver
  • throat
  • colorectal
  • endometrial 
  • melanoma  
  • prostate

6. Anything Else?

A moderate amount of coffee each day may also help prevent:

  • asthma
  • joint pain
  • gallstones
  • liver disease (including cirrhosis and infections)

7. Longevity

Overall, regular coffee-drinkers tend to live longer.

In a major study conducted over 30 years, people who drank three to five cups a day--with or without caffeine--were 15% less likely to die early from any cause. Two comparable studies showed the chances reduced even further: 26% in women and 20% in men.

Whether you prefer fresh-ground beans in a french press or a spoonful of instant in a mug, coffee is good for you. Pour yourself a cup and invest in your health!

 

Sources

1.  Effects of habitual coffee consumption on cardiometabolic disease, cardiovascular health, and all-cause mortality

James H O'Keefe, Salman K Bhatti, et al.

Journal of American Cardiology

2013 Sep 17;62(12):1043-1051. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.06.035.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109713026016?via%3Dihub#bib11

accessed  6/26/2021

 

2.   Coffee and type 2 diabetes: From beans to beta-cells

R.M.van Dam, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases

Vol 16 issue 1, Jan 2006

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0939475305001869

accessed 6/28/2021

 

3.  Association of Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Caffeine Intake from Coffee with Cognitive Performance in Older Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2014

Xue Dong, Shiru Li, et al.

Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, The School of Public Health of Qingdao University

DOI: 10.3390/nu12030840

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/3/840/htm

accessed 6/28/2021

 

4.  Coffee is protective against oral and pharyngeal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis

J Miranda, L Monteiro, et al.

Medicine and Oral Surgery Department, and Institute of Research, and Advanced Training in Health Sciences and Technologies (IINFACTS), University Institute of Health Sciences Portugal

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5694177/

accessed 6/28/2021

 

5.  NIH study finds that coffee drinkers have lower risk of death

 

NIH Research Matters

6/4/2012

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-study-finds-coffee-drinkers-have-lower-risk-death

accessed 6/28/2021

 

6.  Does coffee offer health benefits?

Donald Hensrud, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339

accessed 6/29/2021

 

7.   9 Reasons Why (the Right Amount of) Coffee Is Good for You

Johns Hopkins Medicine

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/9-reasons-why-the-right-amount-of-coffee-is-good-for-you

accessed 6/29/2021



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