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Is Coffee Good for You?

Is Coffee Good for You?

Thomas Jefferson referred to coffee as “the favorite drink of the civilized world”. It’s pretty hard to argue the point. Who doesn’t look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning? It’s had to imagine starting a day without it. For most people coffee is part of the fabric of daily life. But is it healthy?

Despite a 1981 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine linking coffee consumption to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer (which was later debunked), a wealth of empirical evidence suggest that coffee may actually be good for you. It turns out coffee is full of antioxidants and other substances that help to lower inflammation and protect against a variety of diseases. Here are some of the potential health conditions that regular consumption of coffee may benefit:

1. Heart Disease— Recent studies indicate that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease or heart failure.

2. Type 2 Diabetes— Studies have shown that coffee may help keep your blood sugar in check and make you less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

3. Parkinson’s Disease— Caffeine has been linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease and may give those with the disease more control of their movements.

4. Liver Disease— Coffee, even decaf, may provide some protection for your liver. Coffee drinkers are more likely to have healthy liver enzyme levels.

5. Colon Cancer— Johns Hopkins University research indicates that coffee drinkers are 26% less likely to develop colorectal cancer.

6. Alzheimer’s Disease— Another Johns Hopkins study indicates that two cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

How Much Is Too Much?

As with many things in life more isn’t always better. There is a downside to the overconsumption of caffeine. Too much can make you nervous, jittery, and anxious. It can also interrupt your sleep. So, what’s the optimal amount of coffee to enjoy the health benefits without the side effects? It varies from person to person, of course, but according to both the Cleveland Clinic and the FDA, adults should shoot for no more than 400mg of caffeine per day. That’s about 4 to 5 cups of brewed coffee.

To your health!