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Friday, August 5, 2016

Coffee -- Good or Bad? -- 13 Good Reasons to Drink It

It seems coffee has taken a beating over the years from all kinds of advice as to whether it is good or bad for you. The latest? Recent research shows there are at least 13 good reasons to drink coffee.

Drinking coffee has at least 13 health benefits

This will come as good news to coffee drinkers across the globe. Coffee is the world's most popular beverage. Although Americans are not the biggest consumers of coffee, nearly two-thirds of Americans drink coffee every day, which is an average of 2.7 cups. Here are some of the benefits from each cup of joe, according to Authority Nutrition who provides daily articles about nutrition, weight loss and health.

  1. Energy - coffee increases energy levels and brain function, including memory, mood, vigilance, reaction times and general cognitive functions.
  2. Performance - caffeine in coffee will give you more energy and will improve performance because it increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood.
  3. Fat burn - coffee burns fat by boosting your metabolism rate by 3-11 percent.
  4. Nutrients - coffee contains important nutrients, like Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Manganese and Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
  5. Lowers diabetes risk - this is an important one. Studies have shown that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50 percent lower risk of getting diabetes.
  6. Lowers Alzheimer's and dementia risk - many studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65 percent lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, a leading cause of dementia.
  7. Lowers risk of Parkinson's - some studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk -- from 32 - 60 percent -- of developing Parkinson’s disease, but only by drinking coffee with caffeine; decaf does not have the same effect.
  8. Helps lower depression - one study in particular showed that people who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53 percent less likely to commit suicide.
  9. Protects the liver - studies show that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day have up to an 80 percent lower risk for cirrhosis, a liver disease.
  10. Lowers the risk of stroke - some studies show that women who drink coffee have a reduced risk of heart disease, and that coffee drinkers have a 20 percent lower risk of stroke.
  11. Lowers risk of some cancer - studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 40 percent lower risk of liver cancer, while other studies show that those who drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day lower their risk of colorectal cancer by 15 percent.
  12. Can help you live longer - several studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death -- 20 percent lower in men and 26 percent lower in women.
  13. Antioxidants - coffee is full of antioxidants; some studies show it contains more antioxidants than both fruits and vegetables.

So, go ahead and enjoy that next cup of coffee -- it is good for you!

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