Jan 9, 2014

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Health Benefits of Coffee

Health Benefits of CoffeeCoffee is a much-loved staple in the United States, as well as outside countries for that matter.  A warm cup on a cold, breezy, wintry morning always warms the soul, but what other benefits could you gain from drinking a daily cup of coffee?   The research lately has shown that drinking at least one cup of coffee a day brings about some interesting health benefits, aside from popular belief.  You know that saying from Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food.”  Today, more than ever, that has become the slogan.  People are turning more towards the positive effects and benefits that are offered from food, aside from medicines.  So, with that said, let’s take a brief look at the health benefits of coffee.

Coffee Lowers Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

 

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a 2012 study proved that drinking a Cup of Joe every now and then significantly drops your risk of developing diabetes, particularly Type 2.  In coffee, there is a compound that was found that helps to block islet amyloid polypeptides within the human body.  This substance actually plays a key role in developing diabetes, but is lowered by consuming coffee.  However, you must not load your coffee with sugars and creamers.  This study was based on a “black cup of coffee”, rather than one filled with synthetic and artificial sweeteners, which are leading causes for diabetes.  Avoid extra sweeteners, and attempt to drink your coffee as is to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Coffee Protects Your Brain

You might be thinking, “What in the world?  Coffee can protect my brain?  I thought that all it was good for was an extra boost of energy; not to mention, it tastes delicious!”  But yes, coffee is known to provide protection for your brain.  Those who drink coffee are more likely to avoid diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s later in their lifetime.  A study was performed in 2009 by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  This particular study looked into caffeine and how it stimulates the nervous system short- and long-term.  The short-term effects were minimal, but the long-term effects and impact of caffeine on the brain were rather significant.  Researchers found that coffee drinkers at midlife had decreased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life compared to those who drank no or little coffee.  The lowest risk was found in those who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day.  These results are amazing; doesn’t it make you want to go out and grab a large cup of Mocha Latte?

It is GREAT for Your Skin!

The Journal of Cancer Research conducted a study that suggests that caffeine helps to prevent “squamous cell skin cancer development”, but there are no relations with coffee consumption and skin cancer risks.  The study that Cancer Research conducted found that the caffeine in coffee demonstrated significant decreases in cancer cells, an amazing and remarkable finding!

Coffee beans have also been found in many homemade body scrubs.  You can create an excellent exfoliate, which is great for your skin during the cold winter months, and your skin will never look better.  One particular recipe includes the following:

  • ¾ cup of coffee grounds
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • A dash of olive oil

Bring these items to a paste form, mix well and use while taking a shower or bubble bath.  This coffee scrub is great for exfoliating, fighting cellulite, rids your body of red bumps and moisturizes all in one!

Final Thoughts on Health Benefits of Coffee

Kiss cancer cells, dry skin, and Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes risk goodbye while you sip on your delicious cup of coffee every morning.  Instead of worrying about the caffeine and negative effects from coffee consumption, concentrate on the positives.  What are your favorite coffee drinks?  How many cups do you drink in a day?  Leave your comments regarding the coffee you drink in the box below.

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  • Michael H

    Haha, does coffee prevent Type2 diabetes because it makes you run around so much or is it something else? But it’s good to hear that it has health benefits. I can certainly see the need to keep cream/sugar at a minimum, but what about the quantity? I drink a cup in the morning and sometimes a second cup mid-afternoon which I assume is fine. When I was still working, I would drink up to 3 cups in the morning and 2 more in the afternoon. And I wasn’t alone. Just curious, is this going too far?

    • Warren

      Michael- I am not a medical professional and I don’t know what a safe level of daily coffee consumption would be, but I do know plenty about forming bad habbits and, dare I say dependencies/addictions. I would say make sure you periodically take a day off from coffee or an entire weekend. I used to get headaches if I didn’t have my morning cup and that’s how I knew my brain had become dependent on it.

  • Sherman

    You had me at, ‘coffee reduces your risk of developing dementia’ (not in those exact words). This makes sense to me. Coffee keeps me sharp in the morning and throughout the day. And I suppose by keeping all the cylinders in my brain operating, they’re less likely to get rusty.