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6 Ways Coffee Can Be Good for You!

Those of us who are coffee drinkers get tired of people telling us, “You shouldn’t drink so much coffee!” and “That stuff will kill you!” The simple truth of the matter is while an excess of anything is never good, in moderation, coffee can actually be good for you. Here are a few of the ways your body benefits from your coffee habit.

1. Coffee may protect against heart disease.

Coffee isn’t just your liquid wake-up call in the morning. It is actually full of powerful antioxidants called flavonoids, which help to prevent LDL cholesterol (the kind that’s bad for your heart) from oxidizing and causing heart disease.

2. Coffee may lower the risk of stroke.

Probably related to the lower risk of heart disease, is a lower risk of stroke associated with drinking coffee. This is especially important for women, who have a higher risk of having a stroke. According to studies, women who drink a couple cups of coffee a day reduce their risk by about 20 percent.

3. Coffee reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Coffee drinkers who consume a lot of coffee – we’re talking six or more cups every day – are more than a third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to its own insulin. In addition to the antioxidants in coffee which help prevent tissue damage to the body, coffee also contains minerals that help the body to use insulin effectively.

4. Coffee protects the brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Coffee has also been shown to have a positive effect on the brain, despite what non-coffee drinkers might be telling you. Moderate to heavy coffee drinkers reduce their risks of developing dementia by a whopping 65 percent! Coffee also has a similar, but lesser, impact on a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s.

5. Coffee promotes regular digestion.

Have you ever noticed that you often make a trip to the restroom in the morning, soon after drinking your cup or two (or three or four) of coffee? That’s no coincidence. Coffee actually clears you out!

6. Coffee reduces the risk of some cancers.

Drinking coffee regularly actually reduces your risk of getting colon cancer by about a quarter. In addition, it also makes you less likely to develop liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. As for other cancers, coffee may not protect against it, but it also won’t hurt — there has been little evidence that coffee increases your chances of getting cancer.

7. Coffee helps you burn fat.

Because coffee is a diuretic, many people avoid it before they work out. You might want to rethink that approach, however! Coffee has been shown to help your body burn fat while you exercise aiding in weight loss. It also enhances performance by minimizing the effects of fatigue.

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits that you get from coffee, more than just the pick-me-up first thing in the morning. In addition to stimulating your brain and helping you wake up physically and mentally, coffee offers a number of health benefits, protecting you against disease and helping your body perform better throughout the day!

This guest post is by Vern Marker, a freelance writer that enjoys a daily cup of coffee from his favorite brand of home coffee makers to boost his health and creative energy.

Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwerfeldein/3113560008/

reference: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food?page=2

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8 Comments

  1. exercisebasics

    May 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Coffee is one of my biggest vices. This article is somewhat comforting :)

  2. Emmanuel Francois Noel

    October 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Loll…

  3. Ledriyy-choo Saint Louis

    October 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    hate coffee but okkk…

  4. Nancy @ LifeStation

    November 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    So great to hear that my beloved Starbucks may actually be doing me some good beyond just tasting delicious!

  5. Build Muscle with Coffee?

    October 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    There is some debate at to whether or not coffee can help you build muscle. In a study, testosterone increased by 21% when caffeine was consumed before training, but cortisol increased by a whopping 52%, decreasing the testosterone:cortisol ratio by about 14%. This means that coffee is not specifically useful for building muscle, but if we can use other foods and supplements to block the cortisol as well as a well-timed post-workout shake to reverse cortisol and restart protein synthesis, then maybe coffee does have a place as a muscle building supplement.

    I personally like it to help me wake up in the morning, but that’s about it.

  6. Douglas Robb

    October 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Happily drinking a cup o joe as I read this article.

    Nice to know that my drug of choice is actually doing me some good

  7. Meri Walker

    October 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks a million for publishing this story today. Those of us with heart disease and who have already had a stroke (and don’t want any more of them) and already have Type 2 diabetes (and don’t want it to get worse) are always happy to hear that our “comfort drink” is actually not killing us. Coffee with lowfat milk seems to be a great “snack” for me together with a little simple protein.

    Sheesh… If coffee also helps protect against Alzheimers and Parkinsons, great news!

  8. [email protected]

    October 7, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I don’t even like the smell of coffee and drink tea so you may say I am biased. Just as well I live in Oz and worked for many years in the UK eh??!!
    Interesting that if there is anything we enjoy and any reports come out that it is not good for us; we are then relieved when alternative views are given. I’m sure I would be the same if suddenly tea was mentioned lol
    Have had friends who decided to give up drinking coffee and they suffered with headaches while coming off it. Makes me wonder if they are having that reaction; how addictive it is.
    Patricia Perth Australia

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