The Health Benefits of Coffee

Everybody talks about how green tea is good for you, but what about the health benefits of coffee? Is there any hope for those who love their morning java?

Studies show that coffee can be just as beneficial as green tea, but in different ways. Over 19,000 studies have been done in the past few decades on coffee's effect on health. In the majority of studies it is found that coffee is better than once thought. In fact, for most people, drinking it has more benefits than detriments.

According to several studies, one of the health benefits of coffee is that people who drink it on a regular basis are 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease. And this is not the only benefit; other studies show that drinking coffee can cut the risk of developing gallstones in half and reduces the risk of colon cancer by 25%. There is an 80% less risk of cirrhosis of the liver.

Interestingly enough, drinking coffee can even offset some other unhealthy habits. One study (The effect of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes on the risk of cirrhosis) showed that people who smoke and drink alcohol but also drink coffee had less incidence of liver damage than those who smoke, drink and do not drink coffee (but it was still higher than those who did neither). Even so, other studies indicate that smoking and coffee together can increase risks of heart disease (Nordqvist, C. (2004, November 14). Cigarette Together With A Coffee Super Bad For Your Heart in Medical News Today). Coffee can also help manage asthma, boost mood, stop head aches and even has compounds that help to prevent cavities (although it is also known to stain teeth).

One of the things that makes coffee healthy is that it is loaded with antioxidants. It also has antibacterial as well as anti-adhesive properties. One of these antioxidants is called quinine and has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in rats. This is interesting because a Harvard study showed that people who drank coffee had a reduced risk of diabetes. The caffeine in coffee helps fight off fatigue, zap a headache, and improve concentration, as well as give a mood boost.

On the whole, coffee consumed in moderation (1-3 cups per day) has a positive effect on health.

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