You probably have cup or two every morning, and maybe even another in the afternoon, and perhaps that stop at the local coffee shop is part of your daily routine, but did you know that coffee can be good for your health as well? As with anything, moderation is key, but that doesn’t deter from the fact that coffee can be a pretty nourishing beverage for both our bodies and minds.
There have been many studies over the past few years that have confirmed how coffee can help lower the risk of such diseases as diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and even Parkinson’s. Although you shouldn’t rush out and start drinking gallons of java a day, reasonable consumption can have some benefits that might be surprising to think about when you sip your cup of Joe each morning.
Lowering The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
A few different studies have shown that coffee drinking may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disease where your body does not metabolize sugar (glucose) or insulin properly. Sometimes called adult-onset diabetes, this ailment now affects more than 25.8 million Americans. That’s 8.3 percent of the total U.S. population, according to the National Diabetes Education Program. Coffee, in observational studies, has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, by as much as 67%. Other studies have shown that how many more cups people drank directly lowered their diabetes risk.
Parkinson’s & Coffee
Parkinson's disease, a common neurodegenerative disorder, is when there is degeneration of nerve cells in the brain that controls body movements. This debilitating illness can cause uncontrollable tremors, rigidity, lack or slowness of movement, and sudden bursts of movement. In a journal of Americana Medial Association study, higher coffee and caffeine intakes were associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s.
Full Of Antioxidants & Nutrients
Coffee beans are full of nutrients and antioxidants, which can help your body’s health. Coffee contains polyphenols and compounds that can have antioxidative effects and potentially reduce oxidative cell damage. Plus, if you’re a coffee shop fan, espresso brewing actually yields higher antioxidant activity than other coffee making forms. A cup of coffee can also contain small amounts of healthy nutrients and vitamins like Vitamin B5 Vitamin B2, niacin, thiamine, potassium and manganese. Surely most of us rarely stop at one cup, so those small amounts can build up. Coffee is actually the largest source of antioxidants found in diets in the western world, more than both fruits and vegetables combined. That’s food for thought.
Just Less Likely To Die
In 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that concluded that drinkers of coffee who ”drank at least two or three cups a day were about 10 or 15 percent less likely to die for any reason during the 13 years of the study." This study, which was the largest ever on coffee and health ever, examined coffee-drinking in over 400,000 men and women from the ages of 50 to 71. Hard to believe a cup of coffee (even decaf!) help that much, but it’s true.
Eli Madrone is freelance health and science writer in Portland, OR. He was made aware coffee and health benefits from the folks at Phoenix RV Parks, and while chatting with others at various Salem OR RV parks.