Coffee has wonderful benefits. Certainly a great deal more than just keeping us awake at all hours of the morning AND night. I know that I’ve had my fair share. How about you?
Here are 11 benefits of drinking the “Nectar of the Gods”!
- Coffee helps to cut the pain
Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.
- Coffee helps to increase your fiber intake
A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. Currently, dietary fiber intake among adults in the United States average about 15 grams a day. That’s about half the recommended amount.
- Drinking coffee can help to provide protection against cirrhosis of the liver
Of course, you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.
- Coffee can lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.
- Those who drink coffee have lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease
There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Reduces suicide risk and Depression
A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine. Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Study link.
- Drinking Coffee Offers Protection against Parkinson’s Disease
People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. Just make sure you don’t get lung cancer on the way. From the Archives of Neurology. Even newer research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play.
- Coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease. Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. The study. Other dietary factors should also be noted as Koreans typically have a different diet than do Westerners. A more recent study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries.
- Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage.
- Coffee Can Help to Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis. Recent research showed that at least 4 cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and occurrence of MS. It is believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
- Consuming Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk. Even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption.