Here at America’s Best Coffee, we’ve always known coffee makes us feel better. It’s the root of our energy, smiles, inspired knowledge, and of course, our paychecks. But it’s been interesting to see the recent research that is backing up our claims on a more medical level. I decided to compile information from the latest medical data on the physiological benefits of coffee and give you all a quick overview.
1. It May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
In over 15 published studies, participants coffee habits have had an overwhelming correlation to their instances of Type 2 Diabetes. This is possibly due to the antioxidants found in coffee, as the apparent benefits hold true for both decaf and regular coffee drinkers. Coffee also contains magnesium and chromium, which help the body in its use of insulin.
2. Coffee May Help Combat Heart Attacks and Strokes
Coffee has been linked to lower risks for heart rhythm variances. A 2009 study suggested that women who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk of stroke than those who drank less or no coffee.
3. Coffee May Prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases
Although it’s not clear why, there have been very consistent results showing a lowered risk of Parkinson’s Disease amongst coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. In a 2009 study, it was suggested that people consuming 3-5 cups of coffee per day were 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who drank less coffee or none at all.
4. Coffee might even combat cancer and/or cirrhosis of the liver
While there is much more research needed, preliminary data shows a consistent decrease in risk for liver cirrhosis and liver cancer amongst coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. Some other studies have showed possible links of coffee to reduction in risk for breast and skin cancers.
5. Coffee could increase your overall lifespan
The newest of coffee studies, and the largest of its kind with over 400,000 participants, revealed a correlation between cups of coffee per day and extra years of life lived! It even suggests that drinking two cups of coffee per day could lengthen your life by 10%.
While this is all potentially great news, we know correlation does not always equal causation. But we can hope it turns out that in these cases, it does. Until then, we will always take comfort in knowing it gets us going in the morning and smiling through the day!
Sources: WebMd, Mayo Clinic, Fox News, CBS News. New England Journal of Medicine