When I was a kid, my grandmother never let me have a sip of her coffee because she was sure that the smallest drop would stunt my growth. Now I suspect she just didn’t want a 7-year-old with caffeine in her system running around priceless heirlooms. Even as recently as 20 years ago, we all heard “facts” about coffee being bad for your health. Research was conducted, probably by scientists who couldn’t imagine forgoing their morning cup of coffee, and it turns out that drinking coffee has some benefits!
Benefits of Coffee
- Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers
According to the AACR, the benefits of drinking coffee include lowering the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. Out of the people studied, the women who drank more than three cups of coffee each day reduced their risk by 20% while men reduced their risk by 9%. In a different study, men who consumed 6 cups of coffee (even decaf) lowered their risk for developing prostate cancer by 20%.
- Reduces Risk of Diabetes
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, drinking over six cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More research needs to be conducted, so don’t go out of your way to drink 6 cups.
- Reduces Risk of Stroke in Women
One of the benefits of coffee for women is that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of having a stroke. According to a study published in American Heart Association Journals, “coffee consumption was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of total stroke, cerebral infarction, and subarachnoid hemorrhage but not intracerebral hemorrhage.”
- Reduces Risk of Depression in Women
Another one of the benefits of coffee is that the caffeine found in coffee can help women combat their depression. In a study published in 2012, researchers followed the caffeine intake of 50,739 women who were not depressed. However, more research needs to be conducted to determine if drinking a cup of coffee each day can prevent women from becoming depressed.
- Reduces Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, one of the benefits of drinking coffee is the lowered risk of Parkinson’s Disease in men. Reviews of the study show that drinking 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 25%. When coffee benefits affecting only the women were studied, the risk for Parkinson’s was only lowered by 14%.
If you love drinking coffee but you’re concerned about the health risks, know that there are some benefits of coffee too! Keep in mind that coffee, especially French Press coffee, might cause stomach problems for some because of the high level of acid. Use dark roast beans and paper filters to reduce acidity.
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