Many of us know what it is like to ‘need’ our daily cup of coffee to begin our day. Did you know there are many health benefits to drinking coffee? As I sip my Cup O’ Jo, I am counting my health benefits while keeping in mind my personal health. The recommendation is that elimination or limiting coffee in people who are pregnant, have significantly high blood pressure, heart or anxiety issues.
Overall, the studies are reporting more and more health benefits associated with regular coffee drinking.
Loaded with Antioxidants
- In a study at the University of Scranton, they say that coffee is the United States largest source of consumed antioxidants.
- The study’s author Dr. Vinton says, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close.”
Other significant nutrients in coffee
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Studies show coffee protects many from certain diseases.
- Study upon study varies the diabetes fighting benefit of drinking coffee
- After the initial slight rise in blood pressure experienced by coffee drinkers, there is a sustained benefit to people with mild hypertension, stroke and heart disease when coffee is limited to 1 to 2 cups a day.
A cup or two a day keeps the heart disease away.
- Coffee drinkers have lower risk of the main causes of death in the United States especially in type II Diabetes.
- Lower heart disease and stroke found in regular coffee drinkers.
- Parkinson Disease risk is reduces by 60% in people who drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee daily.
Certain Cancer risk lowered
- Evidence shows a lower risk of liver cancer in moderate coffee drinkers
- Colorectal cancer occurs less often in people who drink 4 to 5 cups of coffee per day.
Drink your coffee to protect your liver.
- Coffee fights damage to the liver caused by other diseases such as hepatitis.
- Cirrhosis reduced by 80% if the patient drinks 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day.
A cup of coffee is the ultimate pick me up.
- A study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), found that women who drank 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less depressed.
The Exception to the Benefits
- The bad news for Turkish espresso and French pressed coffee drinkers. The same coffee studies found that in unfiltered coffee raised drinkers’ cholesterol levels. However, when consuming unfiltered coffee in small amounts, the cholesterol risk is higher.
The evidence is mounting that your daily cup, or 4 or 5, may be beneficial to your everyday health. If ever in doubt, check with your doctor. My personal physician supports drinking 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day. Limit your sugar and cream in the coffee to ensure the health benefits.
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