Do You Know About Possible Benefits Of Coffee?
New research shows that drinking coffee can
actually lengthen our lives. And that’s only the latest surprise from medical
sleuths who have been assessing coffee’s remarkable health benefits. Recent
studies reveal that coffee has previously unsuspected powers to protect against
diseases ranging from Type 2 diabetes to breast and prostate cancer, and,
possibly, Alzheimer’s disease.
The latest surprise comes from a study of more than
402,000 healthy men and women ages 50 to 71. The research, published in New England Journal of Medicine in May, reported that drinking three or more
cups of coffee (or decaf) per day cut risk of death for heart disease,
respiratory disease, stroke, injuries, accidents, diabetes and infection by 10
percent. (This applies only to nonsmokers who didn’t drink a lot of alcohol.)
Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds
that could affect health. Here are 10 more amazing health perks:
Hot Coffee May Fight Superbug Infections.
Compared to people who don’t drink hot
coffee or tea, those who do are 50 percent less likely to harbor MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria in their nose—and
may therefore be at significantly lower risk for developing a dangerous
superbug infection. MRSA causes 278,000 hospitalizations and more than 6,500
deaths in the US annually.
Coffee Decreases Diabetes Risk.
In men, a six-or-more cup daily java habit slashed the risk by
more than 50 percent compared to men who didn’t drink coffee; among women, sipping
six cups daily trimmed risk by nearly 30 percent.
Perk #3: Coffee Combats Gallstones.
Another Harvard study
that tracked more than 46,000 men ages 40 to 75 for 10 years showed that
drinking two to three cups of regular coffee (not decaf) daily shrank the risk
by 40 percent (and may have similar benefits for women).
Coffee seems to stimulate
gallbladder contractions and reduce cholesterol in bile that can form
gallstones. Other sources of caffeine, including tea and sodas, don’t help.
Perk #4: Coffee Benefits
A 10-year study
in Japan including 96,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of java
per day halved the colon cancer risk in women.
Perk #5: Coffee May Stave
study published in 2011 reported that drinking one or more cups of java
daily lowered stroke risk by 22 to 25 percent. More than 34,000 women were
followed for slightly more than 10 years.
Perk #6: Coffee Is a
by Harvard School of Public Health found a 20 percent lower risk of depression
in women who drink coffee regularly compared to women who don’t. More than
50,000 midlife women participated.
And for some, coffee actually seems to be
lifesaving: Earlier studies showed that the risk of suicide declines
as coffee consumption rises. And a study in Finland found a
lower risk of severe depression in men who drank the most coffee.
Perk #7: Coffee Improves
Guys, here’s a great reason to grab a cup of joe: Another Harvard
study published last year followed almost 48,000 men for 20 years and found
that the risk of prostate cancer was 20 percent lower in those who drank six or
more cups of coffee daily, regular or decaf.
Better yet, those who quaffed the most were 60 percent less likely
than nondrinkers to develop a lethal form of prostate cancer. Drinking one to three cups of java reduced
the risk of fatal prostate cancer by 30 percent.
Perk #8: Coffee Cuts Breast
from Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska Institutet suggests that women who
drink five or more cups of coffee per day cut risk of aggressive
estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer by 57 percent. Exactly what it is
about coffee that works against this particular kind of breast cancer isn’t
Perk #9: Coffee Protects
study from the Harvard School of Public Health found a 20 percent lower
risk of basal
cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, in women who drank
more than three cups of regular coffee daily.
Perk #10: Coffee Has An
Amazing Potential to Protect Against Alzheimer’s.
in Finland have found that people who drank three to five cups of coffee daily
when they were middle-aged had a 60 to 70 percent drop in risk for Alzheimer’s later
2011 study at Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is the first to show
that caffeinated coffee appears to protect against the memory-robbing disorder
in a way not seem with other caffeinated drinks or decaf. The mouse study, published
in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that caffeinated coffee spurs a rise in
blood levels of granulocyte
colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that’s greatly diminished in
The boost is important, since
GCSF causes bone marrow stems to enter the brain and remove harmful
beta-amyloid protein that triggers Alzheimer’s. GCSF also forges new brain cell
connections and boosts levels of new
neurons. “Together, these actions appear to give coffee an amazing potential to
protect against Alzheimer’s—but only if you drink moderate amounts,” remarked
one of the study authors.
I have drank coffee most of my life and never thought about it being
really good for you. What do you think?
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