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Good news, everyone! Coffee has many health benefits. We hear and read a lot about the health benefits of tea, but now we know that coffee can benefit you as well. According to current research, coffee can be incorporated into a healthful diet. Just be careful of all the add ins such as cream, artificial creamers and sugars. For all you coffee lovers out there, here are a few health facts regarding the benefits of coffee. Please keep in mind that this is not medical advice.
Coffee may have a beneficial impact on diabetes. According to the USDA, moderate coffee consumption is associated with a decreased risk of Type II diabetes.
Coffee may be liver protective. In particular, moderate coffee consumption may protect the liver from liver damage associated with alcohol consumption due to its antioxidants.
Coffee may reduce the risk of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease in males and Alzheimer’s disease in females. Alkaloid compounds and antioxidants found in coffee may be responsible for these beneficial effects.
Coffee may be associated with reduced mortality. The literature shows that coffee may reduce the risk of “all-cause” mortality and some specific causes of mortality such as coronary heart disease. However, the literature is mixed and should be interpreted with caution.
Moderate coffee consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But, be aware that high caffeine consumption can result in irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure.
Enjoy your coffee and stay healthy!
Pourshahidi, L et al(2016). A comprehensive overiview of the risks and benefits of coffee consumption. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 15(4). 671-684.
USDA (2015). Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Retrieved from https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf