The debate has been raging for years about the alleged merits and dangers of my beloved coffee. Ever the optimist, I have always looked for the good in my pot of java as I continued to pour cup after cup of steaming goodness into my cup. My optimism has paid off, as the studies of recent years have revealed coffee is actually good for you. Here are 5 things you may not know about coffee so you can drink your morning latte and know you’re doing your body good.
Reduce Risk of Diabetes
Reports indicate that people who drink several cups of coffee each day reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The study revealed that compounds found in coffee block toxins in the body that can lead to diabetes.
To benefit fully from the lower diabetes risk you have to go easy on the sugar and other sweet additives which raise blood sugar levels and increase calories.
Reduce Cancer Risk
Preliminary studies have shown promising results that drinking four or more cups of coffee each day can significantly reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Liver and prostate cancer being the two types of cancer risk to be reduced the most, followed closely by a reduction in uterine cancer risk.
Reduces Muscles Soreness
Walking is my exercise of choice, but even after years of pounding the pavement my muscles get sore at times. Coffee, specifically the caffeine in coffee, helps alleviate my muscle soreness better than a topical cream or over-the-counter pain reliever. Drink a couple cups of java after your daily exercise or weekend warrior projects and you’ll have less muscle soreness.
Source of Antioxidants
A cup of coffee is rich in antioxidants and will help your body fend off the damage free radicals can do. A latte or cup of black coffee will help protect you from heart disease, stroke and a host of other diseases.
We all know how a cup of coffee can give a quick mental and physical pick-me-up and get us through an otherwise sluggish morning or afternoon, but studies have shown coffee provides both that short-term brain boost and long-term brain boost. Regular coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia as they age and tend to have better cognitive skills in old age than non-coffee drinkers.
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