Coffee & Health Benefits:
A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost. It also helps & protects you from many diseases toady.
More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this dark black beverage, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.
The consumption of coffee goes back centuries.
Nowadays, with over 400 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is one of the world's most popular drinks. But what makes it special?
Possible health benefits of coffee:
The potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include: protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart.
1) Coffee and diabetes
Coffee may be protective against type 2 diabetes. Researchers identified that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG controls the biological activity of the body's sex hormones (testosterone and oestrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
2) Coffee and Parkinson's disease
A study that assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson's disease risk. The study concluded that "higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson's disease".
In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson's.
3) Coffee and liver cancer
Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.7
Research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health and particularly the liver.
4) Coffee and liver disease
Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.
In addition, coffee consumption can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%.
A study concluded that the results support the hypothesis that there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.
5) Coffee and heart health
Drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. They defined 'in moderation' as 2 European cups (equivalent to two 8-ounce American servings) per day.
People who drank four European cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not.
The results "did show a possible benefit, but like with so many other things we consume, it really depends on how much coffee you drink."