For nearly as long time as it’s been around, coffee has been blamed for many ills, from heart disease to cancer and more. The studies conducted during the recent years have been declining those assumptions one after another.
What’s even better, the recent scientific data shows that this dark beverage may actually provide some tangible health benefits along with the pure pleasure of drinking it.
Actually, at this point it seems to be safe to say that there is so much more to caffeine than simply providing a morning (or pre-workout) boost.
Just have a look at these proven health benefits now associated with drinking coffee:
- Healthier heart. Coffee drinkers have a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a lower risk of stroke.
- Decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. Increasing coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes: the Harvard School of Public Health researchers gathered data from three studies to prove it. Those who have a family history of type 2 diabetes may want to enjoy an extra cup of coffee or two per day for more than just pleasure!
- Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Multiple studies show that coffee drinkers may have up to a 65% lower risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. Alzheimer’s is also the leading cause of dementia.
- Lowered risk of Parkinson’s. The second most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s is another one with no known cure, which makes the preventive measures even more important. According to different studies, drinking coffee can decrease the risk of getting Parkinson’s later in life by 32-60%.
- Stronger liver. Coffee consumption was linked with a lower risk of death from cirrhosis and a decreased risk of liver cancer.
Looks like there’s no need to feel guilty about your morning cup of joy!
So how About a Cup of Coffee Now?
Having been a subject of heated discussions for decades, coffee now seems to be rehabilitated fully. In 2015 it finally made it to the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which notes that it is safe to consume up to 5 portions of coffee per day, or around 400 mg, without any detrimental effects.
There, you have it: higher performance, more physical energy, better concentration and long-term health benefits — all in one cup. Indulge and enjoy!