Food & Diet
6 Reasons Why You Should Pour Yourself another Cup of Coffee
Good news for all you coffee addicts out there: after plenty of research, coffee is now considered not only harmless, but actually good for your health!
After years and years of being on the “blacklist” of products dangerous for your health, along with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, this beautiful drink has finally gained the respect it always deserved. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its updated recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, so it is official. Run to the nearest Starbucks and treat yourself with another cup – and this is why
1. Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
One of the most common diseases in the United States can be driven away with a few cups of coffee a day.
Sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? Well, check this out: 28 studies have confirmed it.
According to all of them, those who drank three or more cups a day had a 21% lower relative risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who never or rarely drank it. Moreover, those who regularly drink six or more cups lower it even more, so for them it is 33% less likely. And, if you like decaf more than regular coffee, you are still on the safe side – the results don’t change much depending on the type of coffee you enjoy.
And, if you don’t drink much coffee, you might want to consider starting.
According to a research by Harvard School of Public Health, people who increased their intake by more than a single cup a day saw an 11% decrease in risk, while those who decreased their coffee consumption increased their risk by 17 percent. So, where is the nearest Starbucks?
2. Fights dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Yep, we all know that coffee sharpens our minds when we need to concentrate the night before an exam or an important meeting, but can it keep them sharp long term?
Some studies say it does exactly that.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, they examined mice that lost their ability to form new memories because of lack of oxygen. Half of the mice were given the dosage of coffee that equals several cups for humans, while they gave nothing to the other half. The results showed that the caffeinated ones regained their ability to form new memories 33% faster than the other group. So, where did you put your favorite cup? Don’t remember? Go drink some coffee fast!
3. … as well as Parkinson’s
Looks like all the big bad diseases are scared of coffee.
When it comes to Parkinson’s, it can help lessen the symptoms of the ones who already suffer from it, but it also makes those who don’t less likely to ever get it. Even back in 1968 some studies have shown this. If this doesn’t satisfy you, in 2010 there were also reviews of all the studies since then, and they confirmed what some people knew more than half a century ago: drinking two to three cups of coffee daily can lower the risk of this disease up to a quarter!
4. Fights several types of cancer
From what it seems, coffee may just turn out to be the best drink for our health – soon we will only be able to find it in pharmacies. Those of you who still don’t want to drink coffee should be aware of the fact that it has been proven to lower the risk of more than one type of cancer.
Apparently, coffee consumption has been linked to lower occurrences of prostate cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer, endometrial cancer and breast cancer, as well as liver cirrhosis and cancer. Several different studies conducted by important organizations, like the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, have shown that even one cup a day could make a difference, and it doesn’t matter if it’s decaffeinated or regular, because it is not the caffeine that helps, but the antioxidants, specifically the compound – chlorogenic acid – which can also be found in fruits like peaches and prunes.
5. Be less depressed and more happy
Not only does it help prevent and/or cure various physical diseases, but coffee can also make you less prone to depression, especially if you are a member of the more gentle part of the population.
There have been some studies showing (and this may not surprise you) that the more coffee you drink, the lower are your chances of becoming depressed. Yes, this drink makes everyone happy, and not only short-term, and now it has been proven scientifically. You can go rub it in the face of that one friend who doesn’t drink coffee and always annoys you with their intent to make you stop drinking it too.
Don’t worry, drink coffee and be happy.
6. Live longer
By drinking coffee regularly not only will you be much healthier but you will also live longer to enjoy that health.
A review of over 20 studies that included more than 970,000 people show that coffee drinkers have a 14% lower risk of dying prematurely than those who don’t like drinking it. Even one or two cups have shown to lower it by 8%, which is also good if you are not a big coffee fan (is that even possible?). Again, this has nothing to do with the absence of caffeine – decaf lovers had the same results as those who drank the good old strong caffeinated coffee.
So, all this research must have encouraged you to start drinking coffee, or to drink it more if you already do.
Just be careful – don’t overdo it all of a sudden. It has been proven that there is no such thing as too much coffee, but increase your intake gradually. For example, after reading this text, don’t go out and drink ten cups all at once. But go ahead and pour yourself a cup.