I love my coffee and a day is not complete without it, but I often feel guilty because over the years we have heard so many times that it is bad for you. However, this is all about to change, as several studies have shown recently that the complete opposite is true, coffee is actually really, really good for you. Hurrah!
In recent years, scientists have been studying the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing. So, here are 10 reasons why coffee is good for you.
1. Coffee may help prevent cancer
Caffeine hampers the growth of cancer cells and in a new study
, women who were taking Tamoxifen had less than half the normal risk of their cancer coming back if they also drank 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day. A similar result has been found with men suffering from Prostate cancer.
2. Coffee may be good for your Liver
Coffee drinkers have a 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer
and an 80% lower risk of developing alcoholic cirrhosis
. The high levels of antioxidants in coffee appear to protect the liver. In fact Andrew Langford, chief executive of the Liver Trust says: “If I had alcohol-related liver disease, I’d be drinking 5 coffees a day”.
3. Coffee may drastically reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that has reached epidemic proportions, having increased 10-fold in a few decades, it now affects about 300 million people. This disease is characterized by high blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. A massive review looking at 18 studies
found that drinking 4-6 cups daily reduced the risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 28%.
4. Coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimers and Dementia
comparing moderate coffee drinkers (defined as 3–5 cups per day) with light coffee drinkers (defined as 0–2 cups per day) found that those who drank more coffee were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimers later in life. A 2009 study
also found that coffee drinking could reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life.
5. Coffee may protect your heart and cardiovascular system
A 2009 prospective study in Japan following nearly 77,000 individuals aged 40 to 79 found that coffee consumption, along with caffeine intake, was associated with a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. This may be attributable to the powerful antioxidants present in coffee.
6. Coffee can improve physical performance and help you burn fat
7. Coffee can prevent Constipation and act as a natural laxative
Coffee is a powerful stimulant of the bowel
, encouraging peristalsis (the movement required by bowel muscles). Coffee enemas have been used for many years to encourage the body to rid itself of waste products.
Contrary to popular belief, coffee is not a diuretic
(causing your body to lose water) and counts towards your liquid quota for the day.
8. Coffee is packed with nutrients and antioxidants
The goodness present in raw coffee beans is still there in your cup of coffee, in fact some are enhanced by the roasting process (methylpyridinium
). A cup of coffee typically contains:
6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.
In addition to these, coffee is incredibly rich in polyphenols
which are antioxidants and can reduce cellular damage. While the amounts present in one cup may not be much, they soon add up!
9. Coffee cuts the risk of developing Parkinsons Disease
More than 120,000 people in Britain suffer from this debilitating neurological condition. There is currently no cure for the disease, and scientists do not yet understand what causes it. A review of all the available studies
into drinking coffee, shows that regularly drinking around two to three cups a day cuts the risk by as much as a quarter.
The latest research looked at 26 published studies and researchers found a 25 per cent reduction in the risk of developing the disease among coffee drinkers. However, that fell to 14 per cent when the researchers looked only at female coffee drinkers.
There was also a direct link between the amount of coffee drunk, the fall of a quarter was seen among those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day.
10. Coffee reduces the incidence of depression
There have been several studies over the years that suggest drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of depression in women
and suicide risk in men. This could be due to the caffeine present in coffee, or more likely, the antioxidants having an effect on the “feel good” transmitters in the brain (similar to chocolate).
I know I don’t need an excuse to drink coffee, it definitely helps me get through the day and now I have all the proof I need to enjoy it and not feel guilty!