Coffee may taste good and get you going in the morning, but what will it do for your health?
A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to non-drinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia and also have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes. Let’s see the benefits of coffee below:-
COFFEE PREVENTS DIABETES:
It has been proven scientifically by Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, that more than 193,000 people, those who said they drank more than six or seven cups daily, were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily. There was a smaller perk — a 28% lower risk — for people who drank 4-6 cups a day.
The research further points on to antioxidants — nutrients that help prevent tissue damage caused by molecules called oxygen-free radicals. “We know that coffee has a very strong antioxidant capacity. Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose). In type 2 diabetes, the body loses its ability to use insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively.
COFFEE LOWERS THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE:
Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose). In type 2 diabetes, the body loses its ability to use insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively. There were 20% lower risk of stroke in those who reported drinking two or more cups of coffee daily compared to women who drank less coffee or none at all. That pattern held regardless of whether the women had high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes.
COFFEE DECREASES THE RISK OF PARKINSON’S AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASES:
For Parkinson’s disease, the data have always been very consistent: higher consumption of coffee is associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s. Coffee has also been linked to lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. A 2009 study from Finland and Sweden, showed that out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years, those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily, were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with drinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.
By Osahon Ibizugbe