Coffee has a lot going for it. It is a great social activity for starters; many great ideas are shared over a good hot cup of Joe. In fact, more than half of all Americans enjoy the brew. So, is it good for us?
The science behind drinking coffee is looking promising—many studies point us in the direction of the coffee pot. Who’s to argue?
Lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease
One study published on the National Institutes of Health determines that drinking three cups of coffee daily will reduce your risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease by 29 percent. Any more than three cups had no additional benefits in that area though.
Parkinson’s is an incurable nervous system disorder, where nerve cells in the brain that affect smooth movement become damaged, creating tremors, rigidity, and other problems.
Diabetes type 2 risk can be lowered with coffee
Researchers found that every extra cup of coffee drunk in a day resulted in a 7 percent reduction in diabetes 2 risk. High coffee intake appears to have a protective effect against this disease, but further studies need to be done.
Still, that’s encouraging news for the coffee addicts!
Moreover, the chlorogenic acid and trigonelline in a cup of coffee, which was consumed in a two-hour-long oral glucose tolerance test, “reduced early glucose and insulin responses,” per research published on the National Institutes of Health.
Coffee drinkers have a lower suicide rate
Studies have determined there is a link between caffeine intake and a lower risk of suicide.
One study, from the Harvard School of Public Health, determined that drinking several cups of coffee per day reduced suicide rates in adults by 50 percent. The caffeine was found to have an effect on the brain, acting as a mild antidepressant, and only two or three cups per day would achieve that effect; any more did not equate to more benefits.
Effects of coffee on liver cancer
In Japan, coffee drinking has been shown to lower the risk of liver cancer of those who drank coffee on a daily basis, according to one study, per the National Institutes of Health.
In another study, it was determined that drinking two to three cups per day decreased your risk of suffering from liver cancer by 38 percent.
Other liver diseases, such as chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, have also shown a decreased risk by drinking coffee.
Want to lose weight? Coffee may help
Most fat-burning supplements contain caffeine for the simple reason it helps to burn fat, and caffeine has been shown to give your metabolic rate a boost. A higher metabolic rate is something many people aim for!
A healthy diet and lifestyle is necessary in today’s dog-eat-dog world, and if coffee can improve our chances at that healthier life, why would we not indulge in a cup?
Some believe coffee may help us live longer, but more research needs to be done in this area.
However, it can help us avoid diabetes 2, liver disease, and other degenerative diseases. Sugar is not a good option to add, although a dash of milk or cream is acceptable, but straight black is best for the antioxidants to do their work.
Perhaps refrain from drinking it several hours before bed, as it may well keep you wide-eyed until early morning. We all know at some point in life what that feels like!