Is Coffee Healthy?

| 6/7/2015 4:27:00 PM

Tags: coffee, Chelsea Clark, Natural Health Advisory Institute, Washington,

Is Coffee Healthy?

Drinking coffee is often seen as a bad habit, one that has been compared to smoking or alcohol consumption. Most people think they should ditch their coffee habit or at least cut back on it significantly. So is coffee healthy or not? For all you coffee lovers out there who keep a hot cup next to you throughout the day, I have some news you’ll be happy to hear: coffee may no longer be the guilty pleasure it was once seen to be. On the contrary, drinking coffee daily might actually be good for you.

Why is coffee healthy?

Most of us associate coffee with caffeine, a substance that keeps us alert, boosts our energy, and wakes us up in the morning. Aside from these stimulant effects, caffeine also has various protective effects in the body, such as inhibiting the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain.[1] But there is more to coffee than just caffeine. Coffee is also a rich source of healthy polyphenols, which act at powerful antioxidants.[1] These antioxidants, much like those found in blueberries, green tea, and other well-known superfoods, help protect against cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and more.

Drinking coffee daily may help prevent serious conditions

There is an abundance of research showing that instead of causing health problems, as you may have thought, drinking coffee may actually protect your body against a wide variety of diseases and health conditions.

1. Type 2 diabetes. Several studies have demonstrated that people who drink coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. People who regularly drink more than four cups of coffee per day have a lower risk for the disease compared to people who drink less than two cups per day.[2] What’s more, changing your coffee intake may be able to shift your risk; people who increased their coffee consumption by one cup per day had an 11 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes over four years compared to people who made no change. On the other hand, people who decreased their coffee by one cup per day had a 17-percent higher risk.[3] Long-term coffee intake seems to help maintain glucose tolerance and improve insulin functioning.[4,5] It also has anti-inflammatory effects, which helps protect against type 2 diabetes.[4]

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