Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
Let’s face it. Most of us are bleary eyed, stumbling about dragging our feet when we first wake up in the morning. But when that rich tantalizing coffee aroma tickles our nostrils. We always gravitate in its direction. Not only is the smell of coffee, a great eye opener. Recent studies show that drinking up to three, 8-ounce cups of coffee a day has proven health benefits. Let’s take a look at a few.
- Helps fight disease.
The caffeine in coffee may help protect our brain cells from the damage of some diseases. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia are three that are being studied. Also the antioxidants in coffee could, actually, help prevent liver disease.
- Gives the brain a boost.
Coffee keeps you alert when you may otherwise feel drowsy. Try drinking a cup before an exam or if you have a long drive to sharpen your memory and to stay alert.
- Helps you lose weight.
Caffeine consumption can speed up metabolism and the fat-burning process. This also helps lower the risk of obesity. It is also one of the lowest calorie drinks you can choose (without milk).
- Lowers risk of diabetes.
Drinking one cup of coffee a day – caffeinated or decaf – can decrease the risk of developing diabetes by 13%. But at 12 cups a day, the risk of getting diabetes is reduced by 67%. While these are staggering results. Always consult your doctor before taking the 12-cup a day challenge. Caffeine affects everyone differently.
- Coffee may help with depression.
People who consume four or more cups of coffee a day, are 10% less likely to suffer from depression. Than someone who doesn’t drink coffee at all. According to a joint study from the National Institutes of Health and the AARP. The same benefits are not found in other caffeinated beverages such as cola. Cola consumers are linked to a higher risk of depression. Studies show that black coffee has the highest benefits. It is possible that the high sugar content in cola is what places its consumers at such a high risk of depression.
- It might be good for your liver.
Studies suggest that caffeine helps the liver regulate itself. A person’s risk of developing Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). PSC is a rare autoimmune disease that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, and even cancer. With regular coffee consumption the risk of this disease is reduced. As stated by the recent research of the Mayo Clinic.
In a separate 22-year study of 125K people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day. Results have shown that you are 20% less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis. If you are in this category.
With its brain boosting, metabolism increasing power, disease and disorder fighting properties. Coffee may be the super-juice you need with your morning meal. Now when you say “I need my morning coffee”. You have a whole new (and beneficial) set of reasons to place behind that statement. Check out our range of espresso machines.
Remember if you suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety, or have an over active thyroid. Check with your doctor before drinking coffee. Also, if you have trouble sleeping it’s best to avoid drinking coffee at least 4 hours before bedtime.
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