05 September 2008

Coffee drinkers often are concern that their delicious java is too much of a good thing that it must be bad for you. It has been shown to coffee is generally safe with moderate consumption and that surprisingly, coffee is actually good for your health. Several studies have linked coffee with reduced risks of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Coffee beans contain anti-oxidants and other substances that provide these health benefits. Additionally these anti-oxidants can be found in either regular or decaf coffee.

Coffee for Diabetes
  • The anti-oxidants found in coffee may help to regulate blood sugar.
    If a woman drinks about 3 cups of coffee a day, she can reduce her risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 to 30%.
  • The coffee anti-oxidants that are believed to be responsible are chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid.
  • Coffee is also thought to help promote the delivery of insulin to the tissues. When this happens efficiently the insulin resistance is less likely, which is a major risk factor for diabetes.

Coffee for Gallstones
Certain compounds in coffee appear to help prevent bile from crystallizing which causes gallstones.

Coffee for Parkinson’s Disease
Caffeine may cut the risk of Parkinson’s disease by increasing the supplies of the brain chemical dopamine in men.

Coffee for Heart

  • Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day protects the heart.
  • Four to five cups of coffee in the morning contribute to elevated blood pressure and higher levels of stress hormones that endure into the evening.
  • Moderate to heavy caffeine intake will cause the body to react in a stressful manner.
    Unfiltered coffee will also increase the level of cholesterol which leads to heart disease. If you use a coffee press or a metallic filter you are at an increase risk than if you use a paper filter.
  • Caffeine caused blood vessels to constrict, which can trigger the blood pressure to increase. If caffeine remains in the body for a longer period of time, the greater potential for harm.

Coffee for Cancer

  • Coffee was not carcinogenic; a comprehensive review published in 1997 by the American Institute of Cancer Research.
  • The findings indicated that coffee may help to prevent cancer of the colon. The risk of colon cancer was lowered by 24% for those that drank four cups of coffee a day among people observed in various studies spanning several years.
  • Coffee has source of antioxidants in the American diet. Antioxidants have been linked to various health benefits, including protection from cancer. Experts say that drinking one to two cups of coffee a day does appear to provide a health boost because of these antioxidants.


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