Coffee is very popular as a morning drink. Many people throughout the world choose to drink a cup of coffee to start the day in order to make the body and mind fresher. Coffee is also commonly known as a companion beverage for those who want to stay up all night long. Many researches found that drank three cups of coffee or more in a day gave healthy benefits. A thirteen-year-research involving more than four hundred thousand people conducted by the National Cancer Institute and published in the “New England Journal of Medicine”, concluded that the coffee drinkers had a sixteen percent decrease in the risk of premature death.
Drinking coffee may increase the stress hormone level in the body and lead to addiction to caffeine. However, the following are some of the healthy benefits of coffee, with an emphasized note that you should limit the usage of cream and sugar.
1. Preventing Gallstone Disease
In 2002, Harvard researchers found that women who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had twenty-five percent lower risk of gallstones than those who didn’t. A previous study found a similar result for men.
2. Preventing Depression
According to a 2011 report in the “Archives of Internal Medicine”, said that women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were fifteen percent less likely to experience depression, and those who drank four cups of coffee had a twenty percent lower risk.
3. Improving Memory
Coffee may help to improve memory, both long and short-term memory. In a 2005 study presented at the Radiological Society of North America, the researchers concluded that people who drank at least two cups of caffeinated coffee would improve short-term memory and fast reaction. A study in 2007 found that sixty-five-year-old women and above who regularly drank three cups of coffee or more a day had better performance on memory tests and were less likely to show memory loss than those who drank only one cup a day.
4. Reducing the Risk of Diabetes
Many studies showed that coffee drinkers were less likely to develop diabetes type two. A report in January 2012 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” explained furthermore about the reason. That was because the compounds contained in coffee would deter hIAPP (a polypeptide that produces abnormal protein fibers), which were found in people with diabetes type two.
5. Reducing the Risk of Cancer
Coffee consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, endometrial, prostate and liver cancer. A 2008 study in Sweden found that women who drank at least two to three cups of coffee a day might reduce the risk of breast cancer or delaying the onset of breast cancer. The other study recently published by the Harvard School of Public Health found that coffee might decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
6. Increasing Metabolism
Coffee can help you maintain or even lose weight. An old study in 1980 found that the caffeine in coffee stimulated the body’s metabolism, and it happened only in the “normal” people while the people who were obese experienced greater fat oxidation.
7. Reducing the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
“Journal of the American Medical Association” in 2000 found that the consumption of caffeine and coffee would produce a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. A 2010 study also found that people who drank two to three cups of coffee every day were twenty-five percent less likely to have the disease.
8. Containing High Antioxidants
A Harvard researcher, Edward Giovannucci, in “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention” wrote that coffee has more antioxidants than most vegetables and fruits. In fact, a 2005 study found that coffee was in the highest rank as a source of antioxidants in the American diet.
9. Improving Stamina
Coffee and its caffeine may improve endurance and short-term performance. A 2008 study concluded that the benefit of caffeine that was taken one hour before exercise at a dose of four milligrams per kg body weight showed remarkable endurance.
10. Preventing Rheumatism
A 2007 study involving forty-year-old men or above concluded that a long-term coffee consumption reduced the risk of having rheumatism. Both regular coffee and decaf gave a positive impact. Those who drank six cups of coffee a day had a sixty percent lower risk to avoid rheumatism.