8 reasons why coffee is good for you!

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Drinking coffee is “more likely to benefit health than to harm it” for a range of health outcomes, say researchers.

They bring together evidence from over 200 studies and find that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of death and getting heart disease compared with drinking no coffee. Coffee drinking is also associated with lower risk of some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia. However, they say drinking coffee in pregnancy is still not recommended.

Here's 8 reasons why coffee is good for you...

1. Boosts Your Mood

There might be a reason why a cup of coffee can turn a morning frown into a smile. There’s growing evidence that coffee boosts dopamine production in the brain. One study found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee every day were 20 percent less likely to suffer from depression. Another found that coffee drinkers were half as likely to attempt suicide.

2. Helps Ward Off Diabetes 

People who drink a lot of coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drink smaller amounts, or no coffee at all, according to some studies, this is because it contains ingredients that lower blood sugar. It isn’t known which ingredient causes this effect. Because the effects can actually be stronger with decaffeinated coffee, it’s probably not caffeine. Some researchers suggest that it’s the antioxidants, and that brewing method plays a major role.

3. Protects Your Heart

Two or more cups of coffee each day could protect against heart failure. Researchers found that people who drank four cups of coffee each day had an 11 percent lower risk. Other studies have found that drinking larger intakes of coffee, can lower most people’s risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, this tends to be more true for women than men.

4. Good for Parkinson’s

Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee could help people who have Parkinson’s disease manage their uncontrollable movements. Others have shown that having a higher intake of coffee is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s altogether. However researchers say these benefits may be limited to men.

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5. Prevents Gallstones

Gallstones are painful, but coffee could help keep them at bay. A study conducted in Italy found that people who regularly drank coffee were less likely to develop gallstones. 

6. Loves Your Liver

Several studies have linked coffee consumption to liver health. Many researchers agree that the type of coffee you drink matters. Filtered coffee, for example, is believed to be more hepatoprotective (the ability to prevent damage to the liver).

7. Protects from Cancers

Coffee consumption has been linked to a 50 percent reduced risk of liver cancer. Several studies confirm that coffee drinking significantly lowers your risk for liver cancer, especially if you are a man. This is thought to be partially because coffee stops the expression of genes that cause inflammation, especially in the liver. Some studies show that the two substances found in coffee, kahweol and cafestol, may be protective against cancer. Additional studies have linked the hot beverage to reduced rates of breast, colon, and rectal cancers too.

8. Lends You a Longer Life

A study that accounted for poor lifestyle habits (eating red meat and skipping exercise, for instance), found that those who drank at least one cup of coffee each day lowered their risk of dying from lifestyle-related health problems over the period of a decade.

So there you have it, drinking coffee is a good thing in so many ways!

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