There is good news for all drinkers of coffee. Coffee is nothing more than that jolt that you depend on to start the day, it provides numerous health benefits as well. Like alcohol and chocolate, coffee has a historically bad reputation. Fortunately, a growing number of recent studies have begun to show their potential health benefits.
Antioxidants and nutrients
The spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Joy Dubost, says that the amount of coffee consumed by Americans is one of the greatest sources of antioxidants in their diet. In addition to antioxidants, coffee contains essential nutrients chrome, potassium, niacin, vitamin E and magnesium. Coffee consumption can only supply up to eight percent of your chrome needs. Chromium plays a role in controlling your blood sugar and possibly lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol. Like tea, coffee contains plant chemicals, particularly flavonoids, which have been linked to reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Improved Cognitive Functioning
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson and registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake says she considers cognitive function to be one of the health benefits of coffee. A study published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology" in 2002, found that coffee consumption as well as caffeine consumption for life, can be correlated with better performance in cognitive tests in women. For men, coffee consumption is related to slower cognitive decline. In general, coffee can reduce both the cognitive deficiency and the deficiency associated with aging.
Reduced diabetes risk
Coffee contains ingredients that lower blood sugar and increase your resting metabolic rate, reducing the risk of diabetes. In addition, nutrients in coffee help your body use insulin, a hormone needed to use and store the sugar that is obtained from food. Substantial coffee drinkers, whether regular or decaffeinated coffee, may be half as likely to develop diabetes as people who drink little or no coffee. The association between coffee consumption and diabetes proposes that every cup of coffee you drink per day, could result in a seven percent reduction in risk of developing diabetes.
The National Cancer Institute has reported that men who drink coffee regularly are less likely to develop prostate cancer. A 60 percent reduction in the risk of developing fatal prostate cancer is found in men who drank six or more cups of coffee a day.Even one to three cups of coffee reduces the risk. Four or more cups of coffee per day has also been shown to reduce the incidence of colon cancer. In addition, the researchers found that people who drink coffee are 50 percent less likely to develop liver cancer than their counterparts who do not drink. Other studies have linked coffee consumption with lower rates of breast cancer and rectal cancer.