4 Health Benefits of Coffee
4 Health Benefits of Coffee
There was once a time when the only news of coffee’s effect on health was how it was bad for the heart, likely to cause ulcers and aggravate nerves. Today, it seems this popular beverage is receiving more favorable press – research suggests a cup of coffee can help prevent a variety of health issues from diabetes to cancer.
In lieu of National Coffee Day, here are four benefits coffee consumption has on the human body.
Coffee & Liver Cancer
Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, from Milan’s Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, said “our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health and particularly the liver.”
Coffee & Liver Disease
Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.
In addition, consumption of coffee can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%, according to a study at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, California, USA.
Research published in the journal Hepatology in April 2014, suggested that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.
Coffee & Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers at UCLA identified that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers found that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day (on average, an increase of 1.69 cups per day) over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years, compared with people who did not change their intake.
Coffee & Parkinson’s Disease
Researchers in the U.S. carried out a study that assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk. The authors of the study concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease”.
Additionally, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s, according to a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) that was published in the journal Neurology.
With over 400 billion cups of coffee consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and thanks to science, we can guiltlessly indulge.