Health Benefits of Coffee
Your favorite brown beverage can do more than just adjust your mood, it can also address several common health issues. Continuous research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking coffee. Your favorite cup of joe can help prevent diabetes, lower the risk of liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer and promote a healthy heart.
Coffee and Diabetes
Studies have shown that coffee may be protective against type 2 diabetes. According to researchers at UCLA, coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
An additional study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health compiled data from three studies. Researchers found that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk compared with people who did not change their intake.
Coffee and Parkinson’s Disease
A group of researchers in the U.S. conducted a study that explored the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk. The authors concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease.” In addition, a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) found that caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s.
Coffee and Liver Cancer
Coffee research is trending around the world and Italian researchers have made an astounding discovery finding that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In fact, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, from Milan’s Istituto di Ricerche Famacologiche Mario Negri said, “Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health and particularly the liver.”
Coffee and Liver Disease
Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholantitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile and ducts in the liver. In addition, a study conducted at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in California found that coffee consumption can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%. The authors of the study concluded that the results support the hypothesis that there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.
Research also supports claims that drinking coffee is linked to a decreased liver cirrhosis death risk. Researchers suggested that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.
Coffee and Heart Health
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health concluded drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure — moderation being defined as two 8-ounce servings per day. People who drank four cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not.
For those who have a sincere appreciation for coffee, a few health benefits only sweeten an already full cup. Too often in life our favorite things aren’t very beneficial. It’s rewarding to know that something as simple as enjoying a delicious cup of coffee can also be saving lives.