How Drinking Coffee May Do More Good for You Than Just Waking You Up in the Morning
For those who need their caffeine fix every morning, you might be helping your body out in more ways than one. Coffee not only helps you wake up every day and be a productive member of society, but it has also been linked to reducing the risk of certain diseases.
Coffee lovers who exercise and eat a healthy diet can rejoice because they may be able to lower their risk of:
Type 2 Diabetes
A review of nine studies on coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes, with results from more the 193,000 people, found:
- Those who reported drinking more than 6 to 7 cups of coffee per day were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups per day; and,
- Those who reported drinking 4 to 6 cups of coffee per day were 28% less likely to have type 2 diabetes.
This lowered risk of type 2 diabetes might be caused by the minerals found in coffee such as chromium and magnesium that promote the healthy use of insulin in the body. Insulin is responsible for controlling blood sugar, but with type 2 diabetes, the body can no longer use insulin and regulate blood sugar properly.
By reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, other health risks that are associated with diabetes such as heart disease and stroke are also reduced.
Heart Attacks and Strokes
There is also a link between drinking coffee and having a lower risk for heart rhythm disturbances. Heart rhythm disturbances are also risk factors for heart attacks and strokes.
A study of around 130,000 health plan members found that those who reported drinking 1 to 3 cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.
Another study of 83,700 female nurses found that those who reported drinking two or more cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to suffer from a stroke compared to women who drank fewer cups of coffee or none.
Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease
A 20-year study of 1,400 people in Finland and Sweden found that those who reported drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease compared to those who drank coffee only occasionally or not at all.
There is also consistent findings linking a high consumption of coffee with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis
There have also been consistent findings linking a high consumption of coffee with a lowered risk of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis.
Since coffee is full of antioxidants that prevent oxygen-free radical molecules from damaging tissue, it is no surprise that drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risks of these diseases. By combining a love for coffee with a healthy lifestyle, coffee lovers can further reduce their risk of health problems. If you’ve already acheived your weight-loss goals and are looking to switch up the way you drink coffee, check out our recipe for Bulletproof Coffee.