Coffee May Be Your Body’s Best Friend?
“There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health. Because coffee drinking is so widespread, various studies have been able to uncover some significant health benefits from coffee.
Large Studies Show Coffee’s Health Benefits
Over 193,000 people have participated in Dr. Hu’s studies, which gives some credence to his finding that people who drink more than six cups of coffee a day are 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes no matter their sex, weight or where they live. And every additional cup you drink every day seems to better your odds by another 7%.
What Is The Role Of Caffeine?
Decaffeinated coffee seems to be just as effective.“It’s probably not the caffeine” Hu says. Coffee has lots of magnesium and chromium, which help the body produce insulin, the key factor in diabetes. And coffee is rich in antioxidants.
We Don’t Know Where Coffee’s Benefits Come From
“The fact that coffee contains good stuff does not necessarily mean that it is good for us,” says Dr. James D. Lane of Duke University. “We know that there are anticipants in large quantities in coffee itself, especially when it’s freshly brewed, but we don’t know whether those antioxidants appear in the bloodstream.”
Coffee research shows that coffee also appears to lower your risks for heart rhythm disturbances. 130,000 coffee drinkers in Kaiser Permanente Health Plan were hospitalized 20% fewer times than normal for abnormal health rhythms. And 83,700 nurses enrolled in a long-term study showed a 20% lower risk of stroke compared to women who drank less or no coffee, regardless of their other health problems.
Coffee Appears To Be Particularly Effective Against Dementia
The really good news appears to be on the dementia front. A study in Scandinavia turned up that participants of a 20 year study who said they drank 3-5 cups of coffee every day had 65% fewer cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
No one seems to be exactly sure what the mechanism is or exactly why coffee is a benefit to you. On the whole, coffee seems to have many bad side effects. It raises your blood pressure, which you would expect to put you at a greater risk for heart problems. It also increases the adrenaline in your blood stream, which has a number of know bad effects. Coffee is a mild diuretic and causes some body dehydration through excessive urination. And pregnant women who drink large amounts of coffee appear to be a little more likely to have a miscarriage.
Despite the list of possible bad effects, evidence of the benefits of drinking coffee continues to pile up. Parkinson’s Disease consistently appears less frequently in coffee drinkers. Cancer in general appears less frequently, especially liver cancer.
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- Ali Esmaili