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Top Ten Health Benefits of Coffee

Love coffee?  You also have to love the many health benefits of coffee...and the list continues to grow.  Here are "top" ten benefits to consider. 

Coffee...

A good source of Antioxidants

Coffee has been shown to have more antioxidant properties than green tea and cocoa. Scientists have identified approximately 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans with hundreds more developing during the roasting process. Antioxidants fight inflammation, an underlying cause of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, atherosclerosis and many types of cancer. Antioxidants also neutralize free radicals, which occur naturally as a part of everyday metabolic functions, which can cause oxidative stress that leads to chronic disease. In simpler terms, antioxidants help keep us healthy at the micro-level by protecting our cells from damage. 

May help keep your Mind Healthy

Regular coffee consumption may help prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. In one recent study, researchers found that drinking three to five cups of coffee daily was associated with a 65 percent decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, caffeine is a cognitive stimulant that boosts brain functioning.

Good for your Heart

Coffee may protect against heart disease. A recent Dutch study found that moderate coffee drinkers (two to four cups daily) had a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease as compared to heavy coffee drinkers,  light coffee drinkers and nondrinkers. Coffee is full of flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant, which help to prevent LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol).  Chlorogenic acid, an important antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee, is also thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Helps Exercise Performance

We often hear that caffeine is dehydrating, however moderate consumption (3 to 4 cups daily) doesn’t dehydrate enough to interfere with your workout. Caffeine is a performance and endurance enhancer; not only does it fight fatigue, it also strengthens muscle contraction, reduces the exerciser’s perception of pain and increases fatty acids in the blood which supports endurance.

May decrease your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

Scientific research suggests an association between coffee drinking and a reduced risk of diabetes. The antioxidants in coffee help prevent tissue damage to the body. Coffee also contains minerals that helps the body use insulin effectively.

Good for your Liver

Coffee consumption has been linked to a lower incidence of cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated an inverse correlation between increased coffee consumption and a decreased risk of cirrhosis - a 20 percent reduction for each cup consumed (up to four cups).  Scientists found an inverse relationship between coffee drinking and blood levels of liver enzymes. Elevated levels of liver enzymes typically reflect inflammation and damage to the liver. The more coffee subjects drank, the lower their levels of enzymes.

 Good for your Teeth

Did you know that a recent study found that people who drink coffee are less likely to have cavities?  Roasted coffee beans have antibacterial effects against the microorganisms which cause tooth decay.

Curbs Depression

Multiple studies have linked coffee drinking to lower rates of depression in both men and women.  The science evidence is not sure how coffee helps with depression, but it is known that caffeine activates neurotransmitters that control mood, including dopamine and serotonin.

Reduces risk of Strokes

Studies have shown women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who had less than one cup a month. As with heart disease, the antioxidants in coffee may offer protection by improving blood vessel function. 

May help curb certain Cancers

Men who drink coffee may be at a lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. In addition, new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking four or more cups of coffee daily decreased the risk of endometrial cancer in women by 25 percent as compared to women who drank less than one cup a day. Researchers have also found ties between regular coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, and rectal cancers.  Polyphenols, antioxidant phytochemicals found in coffee, have demonstrated anticarcinogenic properties in several studies and are thought to help reduce the inflammation that could be responsible for some tumors.

Thanks to Find Me Coffee and One Medical for compiling the list of Top 10 Health Benefits of Coffee.  

Information provided on this website is for entertainment and information purpose and not intended to diagnose or give medical advice. Consult a physician with your medical concerns.  

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Reader Comments (2)

I didn't know this study of people who drink coffee can reduce their chances of cancer. I drink a cup of coffee every other day.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPolly Raymonds

I love coffee but I am not aware of its benefits. Thanks for sharing. Now I will love it more.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKona Coffee Tours

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