For many, who are addicted to coffee and particularly espresso, there is something dark, indulgent and seductive about coffee and caffeine. But did you know it comes with many health benefits also.
Recent articles in the press have announced, that a seemingly modest gourmet coffee habit of one cappuccino each and every day of your commute, could cost more than £700 a year and pile on, wait for it, a colossal 60,000 calories !! However, the calories are in the milk! Often full fat is used, so a skinny option is always an advisable optional extra in your latte or cappuccino… The coffee part of your indulgence is, if recent research is anything to go by, good for you!
8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE
REDUCED RISK OF SOME TYPES OF CANCER
Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer… liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. While another study found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
LOWER RISK OF PARKINSON’S
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer’s. In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60%. In this case, it appears to be the caffeine itself that is causing the effect. People who drink decaf don’t have a lower risk of Parkinson’s
REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER
A number of studies suggest that regular consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver by up to a staggering 80%.
INCREASE COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE AND EVEN MEMORY RECALL
Caffeine can help stimulate the release of dopamine, which is associated with the feeling of motivation and alertness. Studies suggest that the combined neurological effects of caffeine work to improve memory, focus, and other important cognitive functions.
REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative diseases and is the leading cause of dementia worldwide. There are several things you can do to prevent the disease from showing up. This includes the usual suspects like eating healthy and exercising, but drinking coffee may be incredibly effective as well. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease!
REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF DEPRESSION
It has been found that four or more cups of coffee per day can reduce the likelihood of depression by 10%. However, it is believed that it it not the caffeine in coffee that has the mood lifting effect, but the antioxidants.
PREVENT PLAQUE AND THEREFORE TOOTH DECAY
Who does’t want a glistening white smile. Coffee may be the answer. It has been proven by scientists that coffee destroys the bacteria that which causes dental plaque.
However, it bust be strong black unsweetened coffee, as the sugar and milk content will have the opposite effect.
REDUCE THE ONSET OF TYPE II DIABETES
Type II Diabetes is a potentially deadly disease that is reaching epidemic proportions. Numerous studies have shown that coffee can dramatically reduce the risk of developing diabetes. One study concluded that each cup of coffee consumed reduced the risk by 7%.
Seems we should be bathing in espresso…which, when you hear that alternative medicine recommends coffee enemas, is perhaps not such a stupid suggestion as it sounds!
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