We love our coffee, and even more than that we love to hear about all of the evidence that it is not bad for us after all! In 2013, we Americans were already drinking 587 million cups a day, according to a National Coffee Association survey. That translates to 4.7 billion ounces of coffee. That is a ton of coffee!
If you’re wondering why coffee has been proven to be so beneficial the main component of coffee that adds these great health benefits is the antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role and they help protect our cells from potential destruction and the production of free radicals which can wreak havoc in our bodies. Antioxidants assist with preventing cellular changes that cause cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases.I
Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, but acc
ording to a study at the University of Scranton, coffee is actually the leading source for antioxidants among Americans. Tea came in second as the most common way we get our antioxidants. Both green and black tea are considered good sources of antioxidants.
Fruits and vegetables should still be a good source of your antioxidants and they also provide a more broad spectrum of nutrients needed for health, but it is good to know we can get these benefits from our favorite beverage as well.
Let’s do a quick recap of some of the great health benefits coffee provides:
- You may add years to your life! According to a findings from a 2012 National Cancer Institute study, men who drank two to three cups of coffee had a 10 percent greater likelihood of outliving men who were non-coffee drinkers; women coffee drinkers had a 13 percent increase in outliving their non-coffee drinking counterparts.
- Coffee is low calorie — only 2 calories per 8 ounces.
- It may prevent type 2 diabetes. Chlorogenic acid, a major component of coffee, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar absorption. Also coffee increases blood plasma levels of a sex hormone-binding protein that plays a role in development of type 2 diabetes. One study found risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by 50 percent in subjects who drank four or more cups of coffee a day. Just be mindful when adding sugar or dairy so you don’t negate this benefit!
- Coffee has been linked to decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have shown coffee may also improve mobility and reduce stiffness in people who already have Parkinson’s.
- Recent research has caffeine may improve memory. Check out our other article on this topic: http://coffee.news.ubuycoffee.com/2014/01/21/caffeine-boost-memory-addition-energy-level/
- Psychological benefits are also associated with coffee, including lowered risk of depression and suicide. Harvard School of Public Health researchers found those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had about a 50 percent reduced risk of depression compared to those who had never drank coffee.
Good to know coffee is developing an excellent reputation for providing health benefits, and as we hear more exciting coffee-related news we would love to share them with you!