If you are a regular coffee drinker, you may be increasing your health in multiple ways! Several medical studies have found many benefits and minimal risks to drinking coffee daily.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the regular consumption of coffee can help reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and liver cancer; can increase your overall lifespan and heart health; and can improve brain function (making you smarter!) while decreasing depression (making you happier!). They do caution, however, that the over consumption of coffee can increase cholesterol levels. Then again, the over consumption of anything can lead to health risks.
According to the Huffington Post, coffee is great for your health! Coffee decreases the risk of Parkinson’s disease, improves liver function, increases happiness, lowers risk of suicide, decreases risk of skin cancer, increases athletic performance (woo!), decreases risk of type 2 diabetes, keeps your brain healthier, and increases intelligence. Wow!
Webmd found a staggering number of benefits based on medical studies. Coffee was shown to help prevent type 2 diabetes, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and helps prevent liver cancer. Some precautions they found were that the caffeine in coffee does increase blood pressure – so those with high blood pressure should limit consumption. Also, pregnant women should limit caffeine consumption to less than 200 mg per day: any more increases risk of miscarriage. In addition, the acids in coffee can increase the symptoms of heartburn. So just like everything in life: moderation is key!
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Bring on that morning cup of Joe! And for ways to keep your coffee healthy, read our post Keeping your Coffee Healthy. Enjoy!